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HR Excellence in Research Award

HR Excellence in Research

Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and the HR Excellence in Research Award 

This page and documents linked to it highlight the work that Aston has done over the last two years in order to support the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. The Concordat was brought into place by the Research Councils, other major funders, and employers of researchers including Universities UK in 2008, and details a set of key principles and best practice to support the career development of researchers.  

Aston is committed to the Concordat's implementation, both because it helps the development of individual researchers and because we believe that implementing the Principles of the Concordat will contribute to sustaining the high quality research environment we already have at Aston.  We were first awarded the HR Excellence in Research Award in 2010 in recognition of our work, and since then have regularly reviewed our practices and provisions. We won the award again in 2013 and put into place a four year review for 2017.

We have now completed an interim report of our first 2 year’s progress for our Award, and have re-issued a new Action plan to cover the next two years.

A two-year Review Report summarises our key achievements over the two-year period; it paints a very positive picture and highlights the required next steps in continuing our good work. 

The new Action Plan for the next two years sets out our actions for further progress against the Concordat’s Principles. Our aim is to see research staff who are even more engaged and active in their own career development, supported by managers and mentors who fully understand the needs of research staff, working in an environment where they can progress and thrive.

Key documents are available here:

Progress to date against Action plan Sept 2014 – Sept 2017

Interim Report of progress over the past two years

Action plan for the next two years

Read about our previous Action plans and reports for our HR Excellence in Research report here  

Further information about support for ECRs at Aston can be found on our ECR development pages.