Leicester retains the HR Excellence in Research Award after four-year audit

Leicester signed up to the Concordat for the Career Development of Researchers in 2011. An audit of Leicester’s delivery against its Action Plan over 2011-15 and its commitment to support the career development of researchers through to 2017, was undertaken between August and December 2015.

On 26 February 2016, Vitae confirmed that Leicester is amongst 13 institutions to retain the HR Excellence in Research Award after the last round of assessment. A total of 34 institutions in the UK have now undertaken and retained the Award at the four-year stage.

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.

Kate Bradley, Director of HR at the University said: "We are delighted to have received confirmation through this assessment process that we are supporting career development for our early career researchers. We are committed to ensuring all our staff have opportunities to engage in meaningful and valuable career development."