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The University of Strathclyde received the EU HR Excellence in Research Award in 2011 in recognition of its commitment to supporting the personal, professional and career development of its researchers.

This accreditation reflects Strathclyde's commitment to:

  • supporting researchers throughout their careers
  • implementing the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers
  • meeting the requirements for research degrees set out in the UK QAA Quality Code

The award also acknowledges the University’s alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code for their recruitment by fulfilling these commitments.  Visit the Vitae website for further information.

Re-accreditation Process

The University of Strathclyde retained the award in March 2016 following the four-yearly external review process.

Reaccreditation of the award takes place in a four yearly cycle of internal and external reviews.  Our original two year action plan based around the seven principles of the ‘Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers’ was put in place in 2011.

In 2013 we were successfully reaccredited with the award after carrying out an internal review to assess the progress of our original 2011-2013 actions, whilst also making further plans to grow the support we offer our researchers from 2013-2015.

In 2015, as part of our on-going commitment to the EU HR Excellence in Research Award and the principles of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, we undertook a second review of our progress ahead of an external review. Research staff from across all faculties were consulted as part of the review process. Three case studies were also prepared to demonstrate the range of activities undertaken to support researchers in their careers at the University of Strathclyde.

In 2017, we completed an internal review of our researcher development activities aligned to the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and our 2015-2017 action plan.

The future action plans, case studies and results of the reviews from each stage can be found below:


2019 - 8 year review

HR EiR 6-8 yr updated action plan

HR EiR 8 year summary report

HR EiR 8-10 yr future action plan

HR EiR Researchers Group Case Study


2017 - 6 year review

6 Year Summary Report 2017   

6 Year Updated Action Plan


2015 - 4 year review

Four year progress report

Progress against 2011-2013 and 2013-2015 actions

Action Plan 2015-2017

Case Study: RE:ACTIVE

Case Study: SPARK 

Case Study: Fixed Term Contracts Review

2013 - 2 Year Review

Two year review report

Action Plan 2013-2015

Original Action Plan

Action Plan 2011-2013

2011 Application Page

Preparation for 2011 application