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University celebrates holding HR Excellence in Research Award for ten years

Loughborough University has successfully retained the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award, following its 10-year anniversary review.

The award is recognition that the University has demonstrated commitment to the principles of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, which was launched in 2008, and has made progress with addressing the actions identified in our Concordat Action Plan, including the recent revision of the research staff employment Code of Practice.

Loughborough first received the award in 2010 and is one of just 15 universities in the UK to have so far retained the award at the ten-year stage.

As part of the review, the University has created an updated action plan, which includes becoming a signatory to the revised Concordat (published in 2019) and sets a vision and future strategy for HR excellence at Loughborough. By doing so, it hopes to create a culture and environment where researchers are recognised for their skills and capabilities in their roles and can further develop their expertise to take their careers forward.  The review included consultation with the Loughborough University Research Staff Association (LURSA) to identify some of the priorities of research staff. 

The Concordat set out the expectations and responsibilities of both funders and institutions with respect to the employment and management of research staff. It contains seven key principles, covering many aspects including recruitment and selection of researchers, recognition of their contribution to research, support for their personal and career development, and promotion of diversity and equality.

Professor Steve Rothberg, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Loughborough said: “The retention of this prestigious award is deserved recognition of the way that colleagues across the University promote the career development of our researchers. As one of the UK’s top research-intensive universities, it is vital that we attract world-class researchers and help them to develop the skills and attributes that they need to succeed in their careers.”

Adèle MacKinlay, Director of People, Organisational Development and EDI commented: “Loughborough University is committed to supporting staff at all levels to be the best version of their professional selves, as demonstrated through our People and Organisational Development Strategy. The research staff community is vital to the University’s success and this award shows that we continue to recognise and celebrate their contribution.”

Further information on the University’s Concordat strategy and implementation plan is available here.