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European Commission HR Excellence in Research Award – Press Release

28 Jun 2017 11:15AM

It has been announced the University of Suffolk has achieved the European Commission HR Excellence in Research Award.

The Award, from Vitae, recognises the University’s long term commitment to the career development of researchers. There are currently 98 UK institutions with the Award, more than double any other country in Europe.

Stef Thorne, Head of Research and Enterprise Services at the University, said “This is a really great outcome for one of the first projects of the new University.  We are very pleased to join the 97 other Higher Education Institutions across the UK in achieving the HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission and look forward to implementation. The support and development of researchers are high priority for us as we develop our areas of research strengths. This award recognises our journey so far and helps signpost us to next steps.”

Andreea Tocca, Research Development manager at the University, added “In my role I am committed to ensure all our researchers, whatever their career stage, are fully supported. I get to work with all disciplines and all parts of the University to really understand the needs of academics and see what we can do to improve their experience here at the University of Suffolk and more broadly across the sector. The University of Suffolk is a great place to do research and there are many opportunities to engage with external organisations. I am now looking forward to the next stage of the HR Excellence in Research Award Implementation Plan.”


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