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HR Excellence in Research Award

The University of Suffolk gained the HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission and has held this Award since 2017.

The award acknowledges that institutions have completed a gap analysis of their existing policies and practice against the Concordat, developed a robust action plan for implementation, and taken into account the views of researchers.

What is the Award?

A UK wide process enabling institutions to gain the European Commission’s ‘HR Excellence in Research’ badge which acknowledges alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for recruitment.  If you wish to read more about the external context please see here Concordat to support the career development of researchers.

About Vitae

Vitae are an international programme, a not-for-profit registered UK charity dedicated to active career learning and development. Working since 1968, when they ran their first project to support transitions of doctoral researchers to industry, Vitae has great expertise at enhancing the skills and career impact of researchers locally, within a global context.  They launched a membership programme in January 2015. They now work all over the world in partnership with researchers, higher education institutions, research organisations, research funders and other organisations with a stake in realising the potential of researchers. View Vitae member organisations.

"University of Suffolk initially achieved the HR Excellence in Research Award in 2017. It 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. We successfully retained the Award – a two-year internal review in 2019. The University of Suffolk strongly endorses and supports the principles of the UK Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, and this is exemplified by the many activities underway within the University which demonstrate our commitment to our researchers and their broader research skills development. We are committed to empowering and supporting all researchers to conduct research at the highest level. We are thrilled that this has been recognised by the European Commission." Professor Emma Bond, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research.

"I have really enjoyed working closely with our researchers to understand their needs and see what we can do to improve their experience here at the University of Suffolk and more broadly across the sector.  The experience has been insightful and I am looking forward to the next stage." Andreea Tocca, Head of Research Development.

University of Suffolk HR Excellence in Research Award Progress since 2017

The University of Suffolk initially successfully gained the HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission in June 2017.  The following documents reviews our progress since 2017 and outlines our vision and the practical actions that demonstrate our continued commitment to supporting and developing our research staff.  

If you have any comments or feedback on the plan, or would like to be more involved in our work, please contact Professor Emma Bond at or Andreea Tocca at

4 year review – 2021


2 year review – 2019

2 Year Self Assessment Report 2019.pdf

2 Year Self Assessment progress report 2017-2019.pdf

2 Year Action Plan 2019-2021.pdf

Original action plan – 2017

UoS HR Excellence in Research Award 2017

Click here to read about the press release in March 2022.