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University of Suffolk has the European Commission HR Excellence in Research Award

The University of Suffolk has achieved the European Commission HR Excellence in Research Award.

View the full press release or find out more about the award.

There are 348 institutions in total with the Award (98 UK and 250 other European) institutions who have gained the recognition.  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.

"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, Director of Research and Head of Graduate School. 

"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, Research Development Manager.

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.

University of Suffolk HR Excellence in Research Award

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.

Key documents in the 2 Year review process are:

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, Director of Research, or Andreea Tocca, Research Development Manager at

If you wish to read more about the external context then please use the following links:

About Vitae

Vitae are an international programme led and managed by CRAC, 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.

The Concordat Strategy Group is responsible for promoting the implementation of the principles of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers in universities and research institutions across the UK.

About CRAC

CRAC: The Career Development Organisation is an independent, charitable organisation with a core aim to promote and encourage career development and active career-related learning. CRAC manages a number of innovative programmes within education and skills development sector.