Researcher Development

The University of Bath successfully retains HR Excellence in Research Award

Thu Mar 03 08:11:00 GMT 2016

hr excellence for webThe University of Bath has successfully retained its HR Excellence in Research Award, after being externally evaluated by a national panel of experts.

Professor Jonathan Knight, PVC Research, said: ‘The retainment of the award is an important achievement and I would like to congratulate everyone involved. Endorsement and reward from the European Commission for excellence in our employment practice and development opportunities is a welcome recognition of our hard work and ongoing commitment to creating a positive work environment for research staff.’

The panel praised the Bath Science Academy, a programme to develop research staff in Science for a career in academia, as an example of good practice across the sector. Other initiatives include redeployment workshops for research staff, improvement of departmental induction processes and mentoring circles for researchers and welcomed many of the initiatives planned for the next two years.

Professor Chris Brace, Chair of the Research Staff Working Groups which leads the development and implementation of our submission, is looking forward to future developments: ‘With our new action plan we are hoping to improve the working conditions for research staff even more and are looking at developing a career progression framework as well as appropriate recognition for PhD supervision and teaching activities.’

Bath is one of 13 UK universities in the current round to have been evaluated as part of their four-year reviews. This brings the total number of UK institutions to have undertaken the four year review and retained the Award to 34.


A total of 95 UK and 173 other European organisations now hold the Award, which also commits them to a programme of internal and external evaluation.

More information about the Award can be found on the Vitae webpage

To celebrate the retention of the Award all staff are invited to join Professor Jonathan Knight (PVC Research) and Professor Chris Brace (Chair of the RSWG) for a drinks reception on 6 April, 15.00-16.00, in the 4 West Graduate Centre.

Please confirm your attendance at the reception by emailing Jeanette Müller before 25 March.