HR excellence in research

The University has been successful in gaining the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award. The award recognises the systems and practices we have in place to support researchers’ career and professional development in line with the national Research Concordat (which we are implementing via the University’s Code of Practice for the Employment and Career Development of Research Staff). It acknowledges that we are committed to looking after our research staff and their development.

The University will display the logo across our websites.  Departments are encouraged to display the logo, and/or refer to the award, as evidence of the University’s commitment to supporting its researchers.  It should be used in grant applications and on web pages and other materials for current and prospective research staff. Download the logo and guidelines

More information on the award is available from the Vitae website.

The University's original submission for the award and action plan is available to download from Documents in the right hand panel.

Latest News: March 2014

We are delighted that the University of Oxford has successfully retained its HR Excellence Award following the two-yearly evaluation. The Award demonstrates the University's commitment to improving the working conditions and career development for research staff, and we will continue to work across departments, divisions, and with researchers themselves to achieve these aims and ensure that research staff have the best possible experience of working at Oxford.

The University’s first two-yearly internal evaluation and updated action plan for renewal of the HR Excellence Award is now available to be downloaded from Documents in the right hand panel.