We combine a stimulating place to work with personal attention to each individual's professional and personal development. Find out how we support research careers.

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Athena Swan

St George’s has an Athena SWAN Bronze Award. The Athena SWAN Charter recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working inscience, technology, engineering, maths and medicine  (STEMM) in higher education and research. St George's is committed to the advancement of the careers of women in STEMM in higher education. We are currently working towards gaining an Athena Swan Silver Award and have set up a steering group to manage this innovative work. Read more about Athena SWAN at St George's.


HR Excellence in Research

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.

St George’s, University of London was awarded the HR Excellence in Research Award in November 2013. The Award demonstrates our commitment to improving the working conditions and career development for research staff, through implementing the principles of the Concordat.

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Four Year Review

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. 

Four Year Review Report (PDF)

Progress on Two Year Review Action Plan (PDF)

Four Year Review Action Plan (PDF)

Two Year Review

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. 

Research Concordat Gap Analysis and Proposed Action Plan November 2013 (updated November 2015) (PDF)

November 2015 Assessment Report for the HR Excellence in Research Award (PDF)

Research Concordat Gap Analysis and Proposed Action Plan November 2015 - November 2017 (PDF)

Research Concordat

The Concordat sets out the expectations and responsibilities of researchers, their managers, employers and funders. It aims to increase the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers in the UK and to improve the quantity, quality and impact of research for the benefit of UK society and the economy.

At St George's, we're committed to implementing the principles of the Concordat and since 2008 have continued to develop our strategy and activities in support of contract researchers.

Code of conduct

As a Research Council UK (RCUK) recognised research organisation, we must ensure that all of our research activity adheres to the RCUK Policy and Code of Conduct on the Governance of Good Research Conduct.

In line with our research strategy, our aim is for all research conducted at the University, irrespective of funding source, to be carried out with the highest levels of integrity, as outlined in the RCUK Code of Conduct. Any research outside of the Code of Conduct may fall under 'research misconduct'. Misconduct is explained in our disciplinary procedures.

Misconduct is investigated in a two-stage process originally created by the UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO). This is based on the principles of the international Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE).

Research Misconduct Procedure 2012 (PDF)




Last Updated: Wednesday, 13 February 2019 15:02