HR Excellence in Research Award

hr_award-2016GCU gained the HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission in 2013 in recognition of the University’s commitment to the career management and skills development of its researchers.

Vitae, the global leader in supporting the professional development of researchers and part of the Careers Research & Advisory Centre, co-ordinates and provides support for UK institutions engaging with the initiative.

The HR Excellence in Research Award 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.

In 2020 the European Commission confirmed that the revised UK Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers has been formally recognised as equivalent to the European Charter and Code.  The revised Concordat principles are now reflected within the UK HR Excellence in Research Award process.

The University undertook its most recent review of its HR Excellence in Research Award in 2019.  The review report and update on actions can be downloaded here:


Documentation for 2013 - original submission

For further information please contact Professor Bonnie Steves, Director of the Graduate School.