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HR Excellence in Research Award for Leeds Beckett


Leeds Beckett University has successfully retained the European Commission HR Excellence in Research Award (first awarded to the University in July 2015), in recognition of its continued commitment to the career development and management of its research staff.

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The award acknowledges Leeds Beckett’s commitment to achieving the seven principles of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers:

• Recruitment and selection
• Recognition and value
• Support 
• Career development
• Researchers’ responsibilities
• Diversity and equality
• Implementation and review. 

A total of 100 UK universities now hold the Award which also commits them to a programme of internal and external evaluation.  The award recognises that institutions have completed a gap analysis of their existing policies and practice against the Concordat, developed a robust action plan for implementation, and taken into account the views of researchers. 

Kathryn Brown, Head of the Graduate School, noted that achieving and contributing to this award jointly with HR emphasised the commitment and resources that our University has made available to researchers.  The award is a valuable accolade in attracting future research funding both European and International.

Leeds Beckett’s Research and Enterprise Committee undertook a formal two year review in March 2017, in line with the award's guidelines for continuing recognition. We are pleased to provide details of this review and the 2017 – 2019 Action Plan:

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