HR excellence in research

The University gained the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award in January 2012. 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).

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.

Download the University's original submission for the award  2011 - Gap analysis and action plan (417kb) 

Latest News: January 2016

Following successful evaluation in March 2014 (2014 - two-year internal evaluation and updated action plan (367kb) ), the University's HR Excellence Award will be reviewed by an external panel during Spring 2016. 

Download the evaluation document and action plan for the period 2016-2018  2016 - four year evaluation and new action plan 2016-18 (1,086kb)

The HR Excellence in Research Logo

The University displays the HR Excellence 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.