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HR Excellence In Research

The University of Sussex has held the HR Excellence in Research award since 2013. It recognises ongoing efforts across the institution to improve working conditions and career development opportunities for researchers.

HR Excellence in Research accreditation is afforded to European institutions that are making progress against their HR Strategy for Researchers. It recognises the measures taken to implement the principles of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

In the UK, the process is managed by Vitae. Visit their HR Excellence in Research webpages for further details about the award.

At Sussex, the Researcher Development Concordat Steering Group oversees progress against the Action Plan. The University undertakes a formal review every three years, documenting progress since the last submission and setting out its strategy for the next cycle.

HR Excellence in Research 10-Year Review (submitted January 2024)

Older HREiR Documentation

2021 External Review (deadline 26 Nov 2021)

2019 Internal Review (deadline 22 Nov 2019)

2017 External Review (deadline 19 May 2017)

2015 Internal Review (deadline 22 May 2015)

2013 Original Submission

Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers 

The Concordat is an agreement between employers of researchers and research funders on the expectations for the professional development and employment conditions of researchers in the UK.

The Concordat sets out the expectations and responsibilities of researchers, their managers, employers and funders. It aims to increase the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers in the UK and to improve the quantity, quality and impact of research for the benefit of UK society and the economy.

The University of Sussex has committed to the principles of the 2019 Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. You can find out more on our Concordat wepbage.


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