The University gained the 'HR Excellence in Research Award' from the European Commission in September 2010, and retained the award after its two-year review in January 2013.
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 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."
Professor Mary Bownes
Senior Vice Principal External Engagement
This article was published on Feb 17, 2012