University of Hertfordshire retains its HR Excellence in Research Award for 10th year

9 March 2021

The University of Hertfordshire has recently been announced as one of seven UK universities that have retained the HR Excellence in Research Award after their eight- and 10-year reviews. There are currently 100 Vitae UK member institutions with the Award.

The University has held this award since December 2010. In retaining our Award, we, along with other listed UK institutions, demonstrate our long-term commitment to the career development of researchers.

The University of Hertfordshire  joins Huddersfield University which has retained the Award after the 8-year review, in addition Swansea University, University of Aberdeen, University of Bristol, Institute of Cancer Research, and University of Leeds which have all retained the Award after the 10-year review.

Professor John Senior, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise at the University of Hertfordshire, said: “I am delighted that we have successfully retained the HR Excellence in Research Award for implementing both the principles and practice of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers following our 10-year review. It is a brilliant outcome following all the hard work undertaken across the University coordinated by the Researcher Development Group as we were in only the second cohort of UK universities to obtain the award in 2010 and now one of six universities to be move through this 10-year review stage. It is, therefore, a strong indication that the University research environment and its profile continues to improve and be recognised.”

The new Concordat to support the Career Development of Researchers was launched by Vitae in 2019. The University recognises the benefits of the Concordat: demonstrating our continuing commitment to the professional and career development of researchers in a healthy and supportive environment; recognising and valuing the contributions of researchers in research and beyond; providing feedback from our early career researchers on researcher development; recognising a lot of what we are doing already, with an emphasis on equality, diversity and inclusion throughout and on caring for those who are research active.

Read the new Concordat.

Find out more information about the HR Excellence in Research Award.


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