The University of Bath has successfully retained its 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 Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. It acknowledges that we are committed to nurturing and further developing our postdoctoral researchers. The national panel of experts reviewing our submission felt that the University of Bath was making excellent progress against all the principles of the Concordat.
Professor Jonathan Knight, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), said: ‘The award reflects our continuing commitment to creating a highly skilled and empowered community of research staff who are recognised for their contributions to their discipline and the University community. The launch of the Vision for Research Staff working at the University as well as the establishment of the annual Ede & Ravenscroft Prize for outstanding performance of a member of research staff are just two examples.’
Other projects included the launch of the launch of two institution wide programmes, the Academic Career Academy and Kick Start to HE Teaching, to support research staff interested in pursuing an academic career.
Dr Petra Cameron, Chair of the Research Staff Working Group which leads the development and implementation of the action plan is looking forward to future development: ‘With the research staff Co-Chair attending URC since the last academic year, a focus of our work in the next two years is to have effective representation of research staff across the University and encourage the establishment of more research staff networks.’
There are currently 100 Vitae UK member institutions with the Award. More information about the Award can be found on the Vitae webpage.