The HR Excellence in Research Award recognises an institution’s progress towards a high-quality research environment, and acknowledges that the University has a vigorous and transparent implementation strategy for improving the career development of our researchers.
The action plan for the award will be formally launched this spring. The plan ensures Westminster’s HR policies, staff development, practices and initiatives are in line with the 7 Principles of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. These principles consider how an organisation recruits, selects and develops researchers and how they are recognised, valued, equipped and supported. It also looks at how equality and diversity are promoted within the institution.
This is an important achievement because the award is increasingly expected by UK research councils and EU funders. It is also viewed by research collaborators and job applicants as an indicator of good practice.
“I am delighted that we have gained this award – it recognises the day-to-day work that all staff across Corporate Services and in faculties are doing to deliver a sustainable research environment at the University,” said Professor Graham Megson, Provost and Chair of the Steering Group for the HR Excellence in Research Award.
Jean Harrison, Director of Organisational Development and Well-being, said “I’m thrilled with the award, and give special thanks to the Academic Development team – Staff Learning and Development, and the Leadership and Organisational Development team for the effort they put into this achievement.”
The University of Westminster prides itself on its record of excellence in research that makes a difference to academia, to the professions, to business and to industry. The recent REF2014 outcomes confirmed the University’s research as internationally excellent and world leading.