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30 June 2016

King's retains HR Excellence in Research Award for fourth year

King’s College London is one of 14 institutions to have retained the HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission after their four year review.

Students wearing lab coat and goggles

The news comes ahead of the autumn launch of the new Centre for Research Staff Development, which will grow support for King’s research staff.

The HR Excellence in Research Award is made to universities who have an action plan in place to implement the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers.  The review requires institutions to highlight recent achievements and demonstrate progress since the two year review. An action plan outlining success measures and next steps for the subsequent two years is also required.

Particular successes at King’s since the two year review include improved representation of research staff at university and Faculty levels, with the establishment of a growing network of research staff societies. This has been invigorated by King’s progress in increasing diversity and inclusion. King’s now holds six Silver and ten Bronze departmental/Faculty Athena SWAN awards, as well as the Race Equality Charter Bronze award. A new Centre for Research Staff Development launches in October to build on these impacts.

Nigel Eady, Head of Researcher Training and Development said: ‘We are delighted to have retained the award after the four year review. We are dedicated to providing the best possible support to help our research staff to excel as researchers now, and in whatever career path they chose in the future. We have worked hard over the past few years to improve the experiences of research staff at King’s. The launch of the new Centre will enable us to increase the number and range of development opportunities available.’

Chris Mottershead, Vice Principal (Research and Innovation) said: ‘Retaining the HR Excellence Award demonstrates the College’s commitment to supporting our research staff. We continue to work hard to improve the quantity, quality and impact of our research to support our global mission to advance knowledge, learning and understanding. Without the efforts of our research staff we cannot achieve that mission.’

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