The European Commission’s human resources excellence in research award demonstrates that universities are committed to developing the careers of staff and improving working conditions. The idea is that this in turn will improve the quantity, quality and impact of research.
Vitae confirmed the names of the universities involved on 29 November. This brings the total number of universities in the UK to have the accolade up to 89.
Ellen Pearce, director of Vitae said that many institutions reference the award in research excellence framework submissions to demonstrate commitment to academic careers.
She added: “At a time when European funding criteria are increasingly focused on demonstrable implementation of the European Charter and Code for Researchers principles, it is great to see so many UK organisations with the award.”
The 10 universities winning the award for the first time are the University of Chichester, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Glasgow Caledonian University, Keele University, Glyndwyr University, Manchester Metropolitan University, St George’s University of London, University of East London, University of South Wales, and University of Sunderland.
Speaking about the awards, Sir Adrian Smith, chair of the concordat strategy group and vice-chancellor, University of London, said: “It’s vital that the working environment for researchers continues to improve and world-class science and research remain priorities for future economic growth and addressing societal challenges.”
As part of the latest round of awards an additional 15 UK universities have retained the accolade following a two-year review. At least 83 organisations outside of the UK have the award.