UofG recognised for supporting researchers
The University of Glasgow has successfully retained its HR Excellence in Research Award.
This was awarded following an external peer-review process, led by the European Commission
As one of the first institutions to receive the award in 2010, this ‘four year on’ review offered the opportunity to reflect on progress and key achievements with implementation of the Concordat for Career Development of Researchers.
As part of the review, the University set out a new four-year strategy for how we can continue to improve and ensure that Glasgow remains a welcoming and attractive place to do research.
Since 2010, the University has seen a huge growth in both the level of support offered to early-career researchers as well as its uptake.
Most recently, this has been reflected in the establishment of a Postdoctoral Representative Forum, a record turn-out at the annual research staff conference and in the very high levels of engagement with the 2015 researcher survey, CROS, which had a response rate of 40%.
The HR Excellence in Research Award submission was led jointly by the Research Strategy and Innovation Office and HR, with input from key university services (including the Staff Development Service, Equality and Diversity Unit and Careers). The action plan was developed with input from early-career researchers across the University and College-level Research and Knowledge Exchange Committees.
The future strategy is focussed on tangible actions, relating to areas such as P&DR, mentoring communication, training and networks. This will have a real impact on the experiences of researchers at Glasgow.
One of the main themes of the ongoing strategy is to embed the aims of the Concordat at a local level, alongside initiatives such as Athena SWAN.
The external reviewers particularly noted Glasgow's support for enterprise and the involvement of researchers in the process.
First published: 31 May 2015