GCU retains HR Excellence in Research Award for commitment to researchers

26 February 2016

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) has retained the European Commission HR Excellence in Research Award following its two-year review.

The HR Excellence in Research badge tells researchers that GCU is committed to supporting their careers and acknowledges the University’s alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment.

The benchmarking process highlighted GCU’s implementation of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers to be fully in line with the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers incorporating the Charter and Code.

The University is committed to enhancing and supporting a strong research culture, demonstrated by GCU’s action plan for the implementation of the Concordat and subsequent researcher development by the Graduate School, and CREDO (Caledonian Research Excellence Development Opportunities), which focuses on helping principal investigators and emerging research leaders to develop research excellence.

The University gained the HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission in 2013. A total of 268 European organisations now hold the Award.

Professor Mike Mannion, Vice-Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise, said: “The last few years have been vibrant for research at GCU and we are excited about potential future developments. The 2014 REF ranked our University as top modern University in Scotland by research power, in the top 20 in the UK for allied health research and in the UK top 20 for research impact on the built environment.

“Alongside these outstanding performances, as the University for the Common Good, it is our aim to produce excellent research which responds to the need for social, scientific and technical innovation across our areas of strength, harnessing our researchers’ knowledge and producing solutions to societal challenges.”