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. The award acknowledges alignment with the principles of the European charter for researchers and code of conduct for their recruitment.
HR Excellence in Research Badge
The University signed up to the Revised Researcher Development Concordat in November 2020. To access and download the Letter of Commitment (PDF) to the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers.
The 2019 Researcher Development Concordat is structured around three Principles:
- Environment and Culture - Excellent research requires a supportive and inclusive research culture
- Employment - Researchers are recruited, employed and managed under conditions that recognise and value their contributions
- Professional and Career Development - Professional and career development are integral to enabling researchers to develop their full potential
St George’s, University of London was awarded the HR Excellence in Research Award in November 2013. We retained our HR Excellence in Research Award in October 2020, following a successful completion of a 6-year review. The retention demonstrates our long-term commitment to the career development and working conditions of researchers.
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We have completed an internal self-assessment and analysis for the 6-year review of our HR Excellence in Research Award. The following documents include our 6 year review report highlighting St George’s achievements against our 2018-2020 action plan and our new 6-year review action plan 2020-2022.
This HREiRA Annual Report to Council (May 2021) (PDF) outlines the progress St George’s, University of London has made in achieving its HREiRA 6 year action plan which supports the University’s commitment to the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, following its internal 6year self-assessment under the Concordat in April 2020.
Monitoring of our Concordat action plan is undertaken by the HREiRA Working Group including representatives from PhD students, the Postdoc forum, Human Resources, Joint Research and Enterprise Service (JRES), Research Technicians and academics.
The Working Group liaises with relevant stakeholders to determine progress with regard to the action plan and any further actions that may be required. As part of this review and progress against our 6-year action plan one year on the HREiRA Working Group asked the key stakeholders in this action plan to update us on actions/areas of development that sat within their area of responsibility. These actions relate to researcher culture and environment, employment, professional and career development.
Our 8-year review is due on 7 July 2022. This report will therefore also contribute towards the 8 year self-assessment due in July 2022.
We have completed an internal self-assessment and analysis for the four-year review of our HR Excellence in Research Award. The following documents set out our progress against the actions in our 2015-2017 two-year action plan and our new four-year review action plan 2018-2020.
An internal assessment against our November 2013 action plan was carried out in October and November 2015. The original action plan has been updated and is accompanied by a summary progress report and a new action plan for November 2015 to November 2017.