UWE Bristol recognised with European HR Excellence in Research Award

Issue date: 30 January 2012

European Commission HR Excellence in Research

UWE Bristol has been granted the European Commission's HR Excellence in Research Award. The award recognises the University's outstanding work in developing and supporting its research staff.

UWE Bristol Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Paul Gough said, “This award reflects our commitment to support the development of our research staff, a key element of UWE Bristol's Research Strategy. By investing in research activities and infrastructure we aim to attract and retain high-quality researchers and postgraduate students. This endorsement of our employment and training practices from the European Commission is recognition of the hard work of colleagues from all over the University.”

The 'HR Excellence in Research' award identifies organisations as providers and supporters of a stimulating and favourable working environment for researchers. By doing so, the Commission's intention is that research institutions will render themselves more attractive to researchers from across Europe and beyond who are looking for a new employer or for a host for their research project.

The award was made by a prestigious panel comprising representatives of the European Commission, the UK Research Staff Association, the Equality Challenge Unit, Vitae - the UK researcher development organisation - and the UK Concordat Strategy Group. The award acknowledges the University's commitment to achieving the principles of both the UK Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and the European Charter for Researchers.

Professor Eric Thomas, speaking as President of Universities UK said, "Research and innovation are a key priority for UK universities and this award recognises the increase in support being provided for the career and professional development of researchers."

Specific information on the Concordat including the UWE Bristol implementation and action plan is available at The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers.

European Commission HR Excellence in Research http://ec.europa.eu/euraxess/index.cfm/rights/strategy4Researcher

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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