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Commitment to researcher development recognised

11 December 2013

Rachel Atkinson

UCLan has retained the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is celebrating after retaining a prestigious award acknowledging its commitment to researcher development.

Following a two-year review Vitae confirmed that UCLan retained the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award.

The award demonstrates the University's commitment to improving the working conditions and career development for research staff, which will in turn improve the quantity, quality and impact of research for the benefit of UK society and the economy.

UCLan was one of 15 UK universities who maintained their position.

“I’m really thrilled that Vitae has continued to recognise the work that UCLan is doing by renewing this award."

Emma Sandon-Hesketh, Research Development Manager and Lead for Research Staff and Student Training, said: “I’m really thrilled that Vitae has continued to recognise the work that UCLan is doing by renewing this award.

“Our student programme has been recognised as excellent in feedback from all quarters, and continually grows and flexes in response to evaluation and need. The staff programme too is well established, and is now being expanded with new professoriate development programmes, ensuring that the full range of research experience and expertise is catered to. This renewed award is welcome recognition of our on-going commitment.”

“For many institutions, referencing their HR Excellence in Research Award in their REF submissions this week is an important component of demonstrating their commitment to researcher careers."

Ellen Pearce, Director of Vitae, added: “For many institutions, referencing their HR Excellence in Research Award in their REF submissions this week is an important component of demonstrating their commitment to researcher careers.

“Our congratulations go to the latest institutions to have gained or retained the award. At a time when European funding criteria are increasingly focused on demonstrable implementation of the European Charter and Code for Researchers principles, it is great to see so many UK organisations with the Award.”