LJMU retains European award for Research Excellence



LJMU is an attractive destination for global researchers, according to an international research standards body.

Vitae, which works with the European Commission to make Europe an attractive place for researchers to work and prosper, has approved LJMU for its HR Excellence in Research Award, for our commitment to developing and supporting academics through their careers.

LJMU has previously held the 'Excellence' status which incorporates the QAA Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers.

Vitae says: “The HR Excellence in Research Award is a way by which universities can make it clear that they are committed to supporting the careers of their researchers. We want to make Europe an attractive place for researchers from all over the globe and this Award can give researchers confidence about moving to a new institution, perhaps in a new country.”

There are a range of benefits for organisations that have the Award. For example, it can add value to funding applications to demonstrate a commitment to good working conditions and career development for researchers. It can also be used to promote this commitment to researchers who might be considering moving to your institution.

Dr Tori Sprung, who led the application, said: “We are delighted to have retained this Award. The HR Excellence in Research Award involves the development of a data driven action plan, which outlines what we are committing to doing.

“Ultimately, we want to provide the best possible environment and culture to enhance career development of our research community, and this award is a public declaration of that commitment.”

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) Professor Keith George said: “We are very proud to retain this recognition of our support for researchers, especially those at the beginning of their career when support, mentorship and communication is vital. 

“I am indebted to our Tori, Hannah and all our staff and students who have contributed to the review, action plan development, application and interview.  I am excited to see the action plan come to life over the next few years.”

On top of this, the first university Staff Research Association is also in development, the idea being that all staff would automatically become members with representatives sought from Faculties and Institutes to fulfil various roles.

For more information about this, please see our video explainers on the Research & Innovation Services website.



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