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Research Staff Training

The University’s Research Strategy addresses the research ambitions and aspirations of a world-class modern University. At its core, the strategy is inclusive, supportive and ambitious, recognising and responding to the different challenges and opportunities in the research environment.

HR Excellence in Research Award – Four Year Review Process (2015)

UCLan undertook their 4 year review process in the period leading up to 25 September of 2015.) The Head of Research Development and Support, along with members of research staff and students from representative committees and/or focus groups, contributed to the review of the 2013 action plan and the development of the report and action plan for 2015-2018. Documentation is here to view, and if there are any queries, please contact Emma Sandon-Hesketh, Head of Research Development and Support on 01772 892735 or ehesketh@uclan.ac.uk

HR Excellence In Research Award – Four year review process – UCLan 2015 – Report (.docx 74KB)

HR Excellence in Research Award – Four year review process – UCLan 2015 – Updated Action Plan (.xlsx 49KB)

HR Excellence in Research Award - Resubmitted Action Plan - May 2016 (.xlsx 29.8 KB)

UCLan awarded prestigious European HR Excellence in Research Award

The award acknowledges UCLan’s alignment to the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their recruitment.

The UK process incorporates both the QAA Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, to enable institutions that have published Concordat implementation plans to gain the award. The process involves the national evaluation and benchmarking of these plans.

Supporting the Career Development of Researchers

UCLan is firmly committed to supporting and implementing the principles of the Concordat, which has been designed to support the career development of researchers and sets out the expectations and responsibilities of researchers, their managers, employers and funders. The Concordat aims to increase the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers in the UK and to improve the quantity, quality and impact of research for the benefit of UK society and the economy.

By complying with the requirements of the Concordat, UCLan will ensure its researchers are nurtured and supported during their career development. By setting out clear expectations for researchers, research managers, research institutions, and funders of research, UCLan aims to enhance and sustain research excellence at UCLan, thereby contributing to the health, economy and wellbeing of the nation.

UCLan’s Personal Development Framework for Research

Above all, we aim to boost the quality, scope and capacity of our research activities; invigorating everything we do with genuine evidence-based claims to be world-class, focusing especially on the enhancement of each member of staff’s abilities. This will be achieved by developing highly skilled researchers, promoting the value of building a research career upon a sound developmental foundation.

The development approach is based upon the Vitae's Researcher Development Framework (RDF). Further details are available at Vitae's website.

UCLan is adopting Vitae’s RDF of the five progressive stages of career development for a researcher together with the Research Development Statement (RDS) which sets out the knowledge, behaviour and attributes of effective and highly skilled researchers appropriate of a wide range of careers.

If you have any queries or suggestions please email: Emma Sandon-Hesketh (Head of Research Development and Support) at ehesketh@uclan.ac.uk.

HR Excellence in Research Award 2 year self assessment report

UCLan undertook their 2 year self assessment report awarded HR Excellence in Research Award in September of 2013. The Concordat Implementation Group (CIG) along with members of research staff and students contributed to the review of the original plan and the development of the action plan for 2013-2015. Documentation is here to view, and if there are any queries, please contact Emma Sandon-Hesketh, Head of Research Development and Support on 01772 892735 or ehesketh@uclan.ac.uk

HEFCE Excellence in Research Audit report - Sep 13 (.docx 786KB)

Master Concordat Implementation Plan Application for Europe August 2011 - 2013 UPDATE (.docx 32KB)

UCLan Action Plan - 2013-2015 (.xlsx 22KB)

Research Staff Training

The University of Central Lancashire has a comprehensive and coordinated programme of research training - available for all staff wishing to develop in the area of research, whatever their level of experience.

All the training provision – over 250 mixed mode delivery programmes – have been mapped to the Concordat to support the Career Development of Researchers.  As noted above, UCLan was one of the first 20 UK universities to be granted the HR Excellence in Research Award.  In addition to this level of mapping, other professional frameworks such as the Academic Professional Apprenticeship programme (Specialist Research Route) have been reflected, as well as the key leadership values of organisations such as the Institute for Leadership Management.

The training is coordinated across the entire campus, with all relevant Services contributing to the Researcher Career Development Portal – the technology that UCLan use to advertise and promote the full range of training available. The Portal also facilitates the sharing of events, tweets, news articles and other items of interest to researchers, in addition to providing fuller information on the Services of immediate relevance to them e.g. Research Services, led by Head of Service, Dr Alexis Holden.

For more details on the provision, the Portal, or any aspect of research training and development at UCLan, please contact Emma Sandon-Hesketh, Head of Researcher Development on ehesketh@uclan.ac.uk – Tel 01772 892735; or email ResDeveloper@uclan.ac.uk