HR Excellence in Research

HR Excellence in Research logo with transparent background and text Keele University received the HR Excellence in Research Award in 2013 after submitting a Concordat Implementation Action Plan.  This award was retained after the two-year review in 2015.  The following action plans, detail the progress which has been made and provide an update on the activities. The plan demonstrates how collectively the activities and work of the various parts of the University provide support for research staff and details areas where we are actively making changes to further improve our practices and the experiences of researchers at Keele. 

4-Year Review Submission

The following documents constitiute our 4-year review submission in Nov 2017.

The 2015-17 action plan was also updated as part of our 4-review process.


A3 paper size versions of both the 2017-19 and updated 2015-17 action plans are also available to download.

2017-2019 Concordat Action Plan - A3

2015-2017 Concordat Action Plan (2017 Update) - A3


In addition, an update to the 2015 action plan and internal mid-term review was conducted in 2016.

2015-2017 Concordat Action Plan (2016 Update)   2016 Mid-term review report

Previous Action Plans

The following documents were submitted to Vitae as part of the initial and 2-year internal review process that HR Excellence in Research Award holders must undertake.

A UK-wide process, incorporating the QAA UK Quality Code for Higher Education. Chapter B11: Research Degrees and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, enables institutions to gain the European Commission's HR Excellence in Research Award, acknowledging alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment.