GCU achieves HR Excellence in Research Award

11 December 2013

The award will further enhance GCUs viability to high calibre researchers

The award will further enhance GCUs viability to high calibre researchers

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) has gained the HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission in recognition of the University’s commitment to the career management and skills development of its researchers.

The HR Excellence in Research Award is an important step in GCU’s strategic commitment to produce and disseminate research which contributes to the common good through its practical applications to public policy, service delivery and economic regeneration so as to have a real and beneficial impact on lives and well-being in Scotland and more widely.

The award also serves as an acknowledgment of the University’s alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment which will further enhance GCU’s viability to high calibre researchers across the globe.

Use of the HR Excellence in Research logo sends out a clear message to researchers across Europe and beyond that GCU:

  • GCU supports the development of a sustainable and resilient research culture, particularly relevant in the face of changing external environments
  • Has joined a European-wide network of researchers and research organisations
  • Is committed to ensuring a stimulating and favourable working environment for researchers

Vitae, the UK organisation championing the personal, professional and career development of postgraduate researchers and research staff, announced in Friday 29 November that 10 additional HEIs, including GCU, have achieved the award, bringing the UK total to 89.

Professor Mike Mannion, Vice-Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor Research, said: “Gaining the HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission is very timely given the REF (Research Excellence Framework) submission deadline.  It highlights and strengthens our commitment to supporting and developing our researchers.  I would like to thank colleagues from the Graduate School, CREDO (Caledonian Research Excellence Development Opportunities) and the Directorate of People for their efforts in attaining this award.”

Professor Bonnie Steves, Director of the Graduate School, said: “Our researchers are a valued and vital part of our university.  At GCU our support for researchers developing their research skills and research careers is designed by researchers for researchers in a strong partnership across the university.   We are delighted to see all our hard work recognised in the attainment of this award from the European Commission.”    

Ellen Pearce, Director of Vitae, said: “For many institutions, referencing their HR Excellence in Research Award in their REF submissions this week is an important component of demonstrating their commitment to researcher careers.

“Our congratulations go to the latest institutions to have gained or retained the Award. 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.”