HR Excellence in Research

HR Excellence in Research logo with transparent background and text Keele University produced a new Concordat Implementation Action Plan in November 2015 and a report on progress in the last 2 years with regards to implementing the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. These documents were submitted to Vitae as part of the 2-year internal review process that HR Excellence in Research Award holders must undertake.


  1. Progress report and November 2015-2017 Concordat Implementation Action Plan
  2. Updated 2014-15 Concordat Implementation Action Plan


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 November 2013 plan was reviewed externally and Keele University received the HR Excellence in Research Award. For more information please contact

Our November 2013 action plan is still accessible.


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.