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HR Excellence in Research Award

The Vitae HR Excellence in Research award recognises the effective implementation of the 'European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers' which set out principles for good working conditions for researchers. Find more information about the Award on the Vitae website.

Warwick has held the HR Excellence in Research Award since 2012.

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.

If you'd like to learn more about the University's work in this area and can't find what you need here, contact us and let us know.


8 Year Review Submission

Read our most recent submission documents below:


Previous Submission Documents

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. Below you can find the University's:


First Submisison

The submission for HR Excellence in Research included:


Two Year Review

In January 2015, the University produced a two year report, an up-dated action plan on progress, and a new action plan moving forward:

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 principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment. The UK approach includes ongoing national evaluation and benchmarking.


Four Year Review

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


Six Year Review

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: