The University of Aberdeen has been awarded the 'HR Excellence in Research' badge from the European Commission.

"We are delighted that the European Commission has recognised the support which we offer our researchers in developing their careers and skills to deliver the path-breaking research that is key to our international ambitions. Our researchers are critical to the success of our University."

Professor Ian Diamond, Principal, University of Aberdeen

HR Excellence in Research logoThe badge recognises the University's commitment to the professional, career and personal development of our researchers and the positive actions we have taken so far. For example, a commitment to open-ended contracts, improved professional and career development opportunities. The EC aims to encourage a step-change in the way that universities across Europe recruit, manage and develop their researchers and we are delighted the University's commitment to supporting this agenda has been recognized by the EC.

A UK-wide process enables UK HEIs to gain the European Commission's 'HR Excellence in Research' badge, which acknowledges their alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment. The UK process incorporates both QAA Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers to enable institutions that have published Concordat implementation plans to gain the "HR excellence in Research' badge. The UK approach includes ongoing national evaluation and benchmarking.

As part of the process we have developed a Concordat Implementation and Action Plan which we will regularly monitor progress against.

View our 2 year progress report here.

The University has been working towards implementing the Concordat since 2009, improving and enhancing existing policies and activities including: a comprehensive programme of professional and career development support for researchers, new induction programme for researchers, new development programmes for PIs and research leaders and positive changes in the use of contracts.

This award underlines the excellent research environment within the University and can further improve our standing externally, in particular for researchers' experiences and funders. To find out more about the award and how it can be used, please contact Dr Lucy Leiper, Researcher Development Adviser (l.leiper@abdn.ac.uk).