Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

HR excellence in research award

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 2013 and its four-year review in 2015.

HR Excellence in Research award review

8 year review - 2018

In September 2018 we published our HR Excellence in Research Award 8-year external review:

Progress report - 2018 (PDF)

Updated action plan - 2018 (PDF)

6 year review - 2016

In September 2016 we published our HR Excellence in Research Award 6-year internal review:

4 year review - 2014

In October 2014 we published our HR Excellence in Research Award 4-year external review:

2 year review - 2012

In September 2012 we published our HR Excellence in Research Award 2-year internal review:

Original action plan

About the award

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.


Supporting the Concordat

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.