The Award demonstrates BU’s commitment to aligning process and practice to the UK Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and therefore improving the working conditions and career development for research staff. In turn this will improve the quantity, quality and impact of research for the benefit of UK society and the economy. The two year review required BU to highlight the key achievements and progress we have made since we gained the Award in January 2013 and to outline the focus of our strategy, success measures and next steps for the following two years.
Key achievements made at BU since 2013 in support of this agenda include:
- Publication of BU’s first Code of Practice for the Recruitment and Development of Research Staff
- Establishment of BU’s Research Staff Association which meets quarterly
- The development and implementation of the BRAD programme based on Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework
- Increased support for research ethics and research conduct
- The launch of the Employee Assistance Programme
- The Academic Career Framework phase 1
- Research staff representation at the University RKE Committee
You can read our progress review and future action plan (2015-17) in full here: https://research.bournemouth.ac.uk/research-environment/research-concordat/
Since 2012 the EC have been exploring a ‘stronger’ implementation approach, including the potential for using quality standards and/or a more formal certification/accreditation process for HR management of researchers across Europe. Recently a new expert group has been appointed to further discussions and Vitae’s recent event, on 23 January, enabled Award holders to provide input into the current five-step process and moving towards a ‘quality assessment’. Detail and outcomes from the event can be found here.
Read the full announcement on the Vitae website here: https://www.vitae.ac.uk/news/72-uk-institutions-have-the-european-commission2019s-hr-excellence-in-research-award