Support for researchers recognised with award

Published: 24 May 2013 at 09:49

Anglia Ruskin announced as recipient of European Commission award at London event

Anglia Ruskin University will be one of seven UK universities to receive the HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission in London today [Friday, 24 May]. 

The HR Excellence in Research Award is given to organisations which have a robust and public implementation strategy for improving the career development and management of researchers.  Across Europe, 138 organisations now hold this European Commission award.

Professor Alan Sibbald, Anglia Ruskin’s Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research, Scholarship and Development), said:

“We are delighted to have achieved the HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission.  This reflects our investment in our research infrastructure.
“The award endorses our strategy to support and develop our researchers and their environment.  As reported by the Quality Assurance Agency in their recent institutional review of Anglia Ruskin University, ‘research and scholarship is strongly embedded in the culture of the institution’.”

Vitae, the UK organisation championing the personal, professional and career development of postgraduate researchers and research staff in higher education institutions and research institutes, has also announced that Professor Sir Adrian Smith, Vice Chancellor of the University of London, is the new Chair of the Concordat Strategy Group.

Professor Smith said:

“Ensuring the quality and output of the UK research base, through the training and development of world-class researchers, is critical.  I am delighted that a further seven UK organisations have gained international recognition for their commitment to developing researcher careers.”

Ellen Pearce, Director of Vitae and the UK representative on the European Commission HR Strategy Group, said:
“There is evidence that the HR Excellence in Research Award process has a significant role in improving human resource management for researchers right across Europe.”