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HR Excellence In Research

In 2013 the University of Sussex was successful in gaining the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award.

The award recognises the measures the University is taking to improve working conditions and career development opportunities for research staff by implementing the principles of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and The European Charter for Researchers.

To secure the award the University had to demonstrate that it had undertaken a gap analysis of institutional practices and develop a Concordat Implementation Plan based on the outcomes. This is a UK wide process that enables UK Institutions to gain the HR Excellence in Research Award.

The University’s Research Staff Working Group oversees progress against the Concordat Implementation Plan.

Every two years the University must undertake a formal review of its progress and update the Concordat Implementation Plan, setting out the strategy and actions for the next two year period. This process is reviewed by the UK Awards panel (2 year review) and external peer review (4 year review).


The HR Excellence In Research Award is a UK-wide process, incorporating the QAA UK Quality Code for Higher Education, Chapter B11: Research Degrees and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, enables institutions to gain the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award, acknowledging alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment

Any questions relating to the University of Sussex HR Excellence in Research Award and related activities should be directed to Dr Natalie James, Research Staff Officer (

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