Research and innovation

Implementation of ‘The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers’

Research support

The University’s refreshed Strategic Plan (2011:2.2.3) states that ‘Investment in researchers and researcher development will be a high priority, including support for early career researchers.

Two key objectives are to: ‘Increase the University’s cohort of research active staff (including postdoctoral researchers), emphasising research leadership and establishing a work environment that is conducive to research and enterprise’ and to ‘provide a high quality physical research environment and infrastructure that stimulates innovation and supports world class research’.

This strategic direction provides an appropriate context in which to demonstrate how practice at the University is in line with the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. The award of HR Excellence in Research reflects institutional engagement with this agenda and is articulated in the Action Plan. This has now been reviewed and the focus is on continuing to embed good practice and concentrate on action identified from the review. An Action Plan for 2014-15 is now available.

Our commitment to researchers will be developed further as we continue to engage with the principles of two other important research-related concordats: the Concordat to Support the Integrity of Research (2012) and the Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research (2010). The University is committed to embedding the principles of all three research concordats.

HR Excellence in Research

A UK-wide process, incorporating the QAA Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, enables institutions to gain the European Commission’s ‘HR excellence in research’ badge, acknowledging alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment

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