Keele University is committed to supporting researchers with their careers. We first received the HR Excellence in Research Award in 2013 after submitting a Concordat Implementation Action Plan. This award has since been retained after reviews in 2015, 2017 and 2019. 

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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.  

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. 

The following documents constitute our 6 year review submission, November 2019.

The following documents constitute our 4 year review submission, November 2017.

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

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.

Letter of Commitment to the Concordat to support the career development of researchers was provided by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Trevor McMillan in 2019.