Award recognises commitment to career development of researchers

Friday, 27 July 2018

HR excellence in research

Oxford Brookes University has retained its HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission for the sixth year.

The award recognises the University’s long-term commitment to supporting the personal, professional and career development of its research-active staff.

Oxford Brookes first received the award in 2012 and retained it in 2016 after a four-year review.

A further review, involving researchers from across the University, has seen Oxford Brookes retain the award once more.

The HR Excellence in Research Award is an important mechanism for implementing the principles of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers.

The Concordat is an agreement between funders and employers of research staff to improve the employment and support for researchers and research careers in UK higher education. It sets out clear standards that research staff can expect from the institution that employs them, as well as their responsibilities as researchers.

Importantly, listening to the voices of researchers themselves is a really important part of the self-assessment process for the award. We can feel proud, having retained the award yet again, of the value that we put on our researchers and the support and career development that Oxford Brookes provides.

Professor Susan Brooks, Oxford Brookes University

Professor Susan Brooks, an expert in cell biology and Director of Researcher Development at Oxford Brookes University said: “We are delighted to have retained our HR Excellence in Research Award once more. Retaining the award since we first received it in 2012 has meant every two years, we have to evidence how we have progressed since the last review and demonstrate continual innovation and more firmly embedded support for our community of researchers.

“Importantly, listening to the voices of researchers themselves is a really important part of the self-assessment process for the award. We can feel proud, having retained the award yet again, of the value that we put on our researchers and the support and career development that Oxford Brookes provides.”

More information on the process and action plans can also be found on the University’s research webpages.

Vitae develop and manage the UK-specific process and further information about the HR Excellence in Research Award can be found on their website www.vitae.ac.uk/hrexcellenceaward

There are currently 94 Vitae UK member institutions with the award.

A UK-wide process enables UK higher education institutions to gain the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award, which acknowledges their alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment.

Last month Oxford Brookes University was ranked the UK’s top performing university for both research and teaching in the Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings 2018.