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EU HR Excellence in Research Award

The EU HR Excellence in Research (HR EiR) award* is made to institutions in recognition of their alignment to the Researcher Development Concordat (2008; 2019) and their commitment to provide a supportive research environment for researchers. Brunel University London first achieved the award in 2011, and have been successfully reviewed every two years since. By holding this award, we demonstrate our long-term commitment to the personal, professional and career development of research staff and the creation of a supportive and inclusive environment in which researchers can thrive. In fulfilment of the award, we implement the principles of the Researcher Development Concordat (Environment and Culture; Employment; Professional and Career Development) through a series of initiatives and activities to further enhance the experiences of our research staff and researchers at Brunel. This work is coordinated by the Graduate School, and the Concordat is a standing item on the Environment and Research Culture Sub-committee into which the previous Concordat Implementation Group (CIG) was subsumed in 2024.

The University is reviewed every two years for the HR EiR by an external panel. The documents below overview our activity and plans since 2011. Our most recent plan covers the period 2024 - 2027.

EU HR Excellence in Research – Concordat action plans and reports:

***Latest documents 2024***

Past documentation

*The HR Excellence in Research award is European-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. It acknowledges an institutions' alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment.