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HR Excellence in Research Award

HR Excellence in Research - Six Year Review

Warwick has held the HR Excellence in Research award for the last six years and has just undertaken a six year review - see submission below. This review has involved an internal self-assessment of progress against achieving the actions/outcomes set out in the four year action plan that was submitted as part of the successful four year review. A three page report covering:

  • How the internal evaluation was undertaken (including how researcher's views were taken into account during the review and, where relevant, how the review links with existing QA and other implementation/monitoring mechanisms).
  • Details of key achievements and the progress against the strategy, indicators and actions identified in the original action plan.
  • Outline next steps and the focus of the strategy for the next two years, including success measures.

In addition to the report, there was a requirement to update the four year action plan (Appendix 1) with progress made and also provide a new plan (Appendix 2), including actions, accountability and timeframes, to cover the next two year period. These documents can be found below:

Three page report   

Appendix 1: Progress against four year action plan   

Appendix 2: New action plan for the 2 years beginning 1 January 2019   

HR Excellence in Research - Four Year Review

Warwick was successful in retaining the award in June 2017, after the submitting documents for a four year review on progress against actions planned on the two year review action plan.

Four Year Review Report  

Progress on Two Year Review Action Plan - Appendix 1  

Four Year Review Action Plan - Appendix 2  

In alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment the University was awarded the HR Excellence in Research Award in 2012.

The submission for HR Excellence in Research included a Concordat Implementation Document  and Action Plan  resulting from an internal analysis of practice against the European Charter and Code. The University has been working towards implementing the Concordat since 2009 during which time it has improved and enhanced existing policies and activities as well as introduced new initiatives for PGRAs and Research Staff such as dedicated induction programmes, mentoring schemes and transferable skills training.

HR Excellence in Research - Two Year Review

Organisations that hold the HR Excellence in Research Award are required to undertake an internal self-assessment of their progress in achieving the actions/outcomes set out in their action/implementation plan at least once every two years. As can be seen above, Warwick University has been monitoring this on an annual basis and in January 2015 produced a Two Year Report, an up-dated action plan on progress and a new action plan moving forward - see below:

Two Year Review Report  

Old Action Plan  

New Action Plan  

Further information on HR Excellence in Research can be found on the Vitae Policy and Practice web pages.

A UK-wide process, incorporating the QAA UK Quality Code for Higher Education, Chapter B11: Research Degrees and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, enables institutions to gain the European Commission's HR Excellence in Research Award, acknowledging alignment with the principels of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment. The UK approach includes ongoing national evaluation and benchmarking.

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