Career PathwaysEU HR Excellence in Research

The University of Strathclyde has held the EU HR Excellence in Research Award since 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.

Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

Strathclyde became a signatory to the revised Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers in June 2020.

This Concordat is an agreement between stakeholders to address sector-wide challenges in relation to the employment and support for researchers in UK Higher Education. It addresses the three main topics (‘Principles’) of Environment & Culture, Employment and Professional & Career Development. For each Principle, it defines a set of obligations for four key stakeholder groups involved in higher education research: Funders, Institutions, Researchers and Managers of Researchers.

Further information for Strathclyde staff can be found on the Researcher Development Concordat Sharepoint site.

As a signatory to this Concordat, we are obliged to report annually to University Court. Please find these annual reports, which provide a summary of progress and plans, below.

Re-Accreditation Process

The University of Strathclyde retained the HR Excellence in Research Award in March 2022 following a ten year external review.

Re-accreditation 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.

Between 2013 and 2019, we were successfully re-accredited with the award after carrying out alternating internal and external reviews every two years to assess the progress of our actions plan and expand the support we offer our researchers in consultation with our research staff community.

Following signing up to the revised Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers in 2020, we undertook a Gap Analysis against the revised Concordat Principles and developed an Action Plan which has been used in the documentation for the ten-year internal review process which re-accredited our award in early 2022.

In 2024, after two further years of activities enhancing our research support, we have reviewed this Action Plan and submitted updates on progress and future plans for the 12-year external review of the award.

The review reports, updated action plans, future action plans and case studies from each stage can be found below.