The University gained the 'HR Excellence in Research Award' from the European Commission in September 2010, retained the Award after its two-year review in January 2013 and four-year review in January 2015. As of December 2016, the University retained the Award and is now one of 8 institutions who have undertaken and retained the Award at the six year stage.
In September 2016 we published our HR Excellence in Research Award 6-year internal review:
In October 2014 we published our HR Excellence in Research Award 4-year external review:
In September 2012 we published our HR Excellence in Research Award 2-year internal review:
A UK-wide process enables UK HEIs to gain the European Commission’s ‘HR excellence in research’ badge, which acknowledges their alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment.
The UK process incorporates both the QAA Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers to enable institutions that have published Concordat implementation plans to gain the ‘HR excellence in research’ badge. The UK approach includes ongoing national evaluation and benchmarking.
The University of Edinburgh strongly endorses and supports the principles of the UK Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, and this is exemplified by the many activities underway within the University which demonstrate our commitment to our researchers and their broader skills development.
Our own Code of Practice for the Management and Career Development of Research Staff is a key strategy which complements the Concordat and provides an Edinburgh context for its implementation.
"Our research staff are crucial to the success of the University. We have been working hard to ensure our researchers are supported in developing their skills and careers as well as engaging with cutting edge research. We are thrilled that this has been recognised by the European Commission."