Cardiff University has been successful in retaining the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award following external review of the ways in which it supports its research staff.
The HR Excellence in Research Award demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to the implementation of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers.
The Concordat is based on the principle that improving development opportunities and career management for researchers will improve the quantity, quality and impact of research for the benefit of UK society and the economy.
Cardiff University is one of eight UK universities that has retained the Award after their eight year review. The external review requires institutions to highlight key achievements and the progress they have made in the last four years, and to outline their strategy and success measures for the next review period. In retaining the Award the University has demonstrated its long-term commitment to the career development of researchers.
Professor Kim Graham, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research, Innovation and Enterprise said, “We were one of the first universities in the UK to apply for and be awarded the HR Excellence in Research Award in 2010. Over the past eight years we have made excellent progress in the ways in which we support and develop our research staff and improve the environment in which they work. This is great recognition for all that work and I’m extremely proud of all those who have worked so hard to achieve this. “
Dr Katy Huxley, Chair of the Cardiff University Research Staff Association (CURSA) added, “Having worked with Professor Kim Graham and the Researcher Development Team to develop the submission for the HR Excellence in Research award it is very pleasing to have retained the award, which acknowledges the work done by the University to support the career development of research staff. CURSA will continue to work with colleagues to implement the action plan and further develop institutional support for research staff. “
The external review was undertaken by a panel of peer reviewers.