HR Excellence in Research

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"A UK-wide process, incorporating both the QAA Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, enables institutions to gain the European Commission's "HR excellence in research" badge acknowledging alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment".

Bath Spa University was awarded the HR Excellence in Research award in January 2012, and this was renewed as a result of a successful 2 year evaluation process in 2014.  This award reflects the University's current and on-going commitments to maintaining an active research portfolio. This commitment extends to concentrating on our areas of strength while also fostering new research areas.

Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers.

In order to align ourselves with the European charter and code, the University has undertaken an audit of existing practice in relation to the support and career development of research staff across the University.  An Action Plan has been agreed on how we can align ourselves more closely with the principles of the Concordat, and this has been approved and acknowledged by the European Commission.  All related documents can be found in the quick links at the side of this page (see Researcher Concordat link).

The Action Plan is a working document, and is updated regularly.  We undertake an annual self-assessment of our progress against the Action Plan - through the University Research, Knowledge Exchange and Consultancy Committee (RKECC) - and publish through these web pages, a revised version each academic year.

4 year review of HR Excellence Award

RKECC undertakes an annual internal self-assessment of our progress in achieving the actions/outcomes set out in our action and implementation plan.  A successful two year evaluation of the Action Plan was undertaken in 2014, with progress subsequently monitored by RKECC against success measures.  A new 4 year evaluation has been undertaken by a Working Group set up by RKECC in preparation for our 4 year external review.

The current Action Plan for the Implementation of the 2008 Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers was approved by RKECC in January 2016, and can be found below:

BSU Concordat Action Plan - January 2016 update 

The 4 year evaluation review, and associated documents can be found below:

BSU 4 year Concordat Action Plan Evaluation Report

Appendix A - Bath Spa Research Statistics 2015-16

Appendix B - Progress against 2 year evaluation success measures

Appendix C - Terms of Reference and Membership of HR Excellence in Research Working Group

Appendix D - PIRLS-2015 Action Plan 

Case Study 1 Early Stage Researcher Programme.pdf

Case Study 2 HEA Creative Writing Practitioners Report

The two year evaluation report can be found below:

BSU Concordat Action Plan - 2 year evaluation

A historical archive of previous documentation can be found here