Career development support for researchers

We recognise the crucial contributions our research staff make in achieving our strategic and research ambitions.

We’re committed to providing first-class development and career support to our researchers, underpinned by our adoption of the Principles of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers in full.

We make this ambition explicit in our Research Strategy (PDF document, 482KB).

The HR Excellence in Research badge

Logo: HR Excellence in Research

In recognition of our original Concordat Implementation Plan, the European Commission awarded us the HR Excellence in Research badge in 2011.

We’re proud to hold this award, which reflects our commitment to fair and transparent recruitment and appraisal and outstanding career development support for our research staff.

The HR Excellence in Research award required us to undertake an internal assessment process two years after our award, in order to successfully retained our badge. We are currently engaged with a four-year external review process to further retain our badge, on the basis of a review of progress (Word doc, 64KB) against our original and two-year Concordat Implementation Plan, and an updated action plan (Word doc, 33MB). We also submitted a summary report (Word doc, 115KB) of our key achievements from the 2013–2015 action plan.

You can also download the following related documents:

Two-year progress report 2013 (Word doc, 72.3KB)

Updated action plan 2013 (PDF, 440KB)

Original action plan 2011 (PDF, 255KB)