Organisational Development and Professional Learning

Research Staff as Employees

The University of Leeds participates in both national and European initiatives to support research staff as employees of UK universities. They include:


HR Excellence in Research Award

HR_01In 2010, Leeds was one of the first universities in the UK to be awarded the “HR Excellence in Research” award from the European Commission in recognition of our commitment to ensuring good working conditions and career development for researchers, through embedding the Principals of the Concordat.  A two-year internal assessment of progress against the 2010 Concordat Implementation Strategy took place in 2012.

At the four year point an external evaluation by peers took place. This required us to report against progress on our previously published Concordat implementation and action strategy 2012-14.  In consultation with a Steering Group drawn from colleagues across the University, including research staff, we developed and published an updated Concordat implementation and action plan for a further four years (2015-2018).

A second internal evaluation of our 2015-18 Action Plan was undertaken in September to December 2016 by an Interim Steering Group.  This review provides an update on our continuing progress against our objectives for the 2015 – 2018 period, and led to a revised version of the Implementation and Strategy Action Plan.  An interim strategy for 2017-2018 and details of the Steering Group accompanies the report.


HR Excellence award 2015 – 2018


HR Excellence award 2010 – 2014


 The Concordat

concordatThe Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers sets out the expectations and responsibilities of researchers, their managers, employers and funders. It aims to increase the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers in the UK and to improve the quantity, quality and impact of research for the benefit of UK society and the economy.

The Concordat consists of a set of key principles for the future support and management of research careers, and under each principle, an explanation of how it may be embedded into institutional practice.

The Concordat’s key principles:

The University of Leeds is fully committed to the Concordat and has already undertaken a number of key steps to ensure that its principles are embedded across the University.

To find out more about the Concordat and how it’s being embedded here at the University, contact Patricia Gray

Vitae have recently published 5 Steps Forward, a document that presents the findings from the 2017 CROS survey, supported by comparable data from previous surveys and how they inform understanding of the extent of the implementation of the Concordat principles since 2008.  The document also details the on-going Concordat Review by the Concordat Strategy Group, in response to the forthcoming ten-year anniversary of the Concordat and the creation of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

Guidance on the Employment of Researchers

Guidance on the Employment of Researchers provides a clear statement of the University’s expectations for the support, management and development of researchers. It covers key aspects of employment and the responsibilities for implementing and delivering the policy in faculties, schools and across the University.


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This page is maintained by Dr Emma Sinfield.  Please contact Emma if you have any questions.  Documents associated with the HR excellence award are maintained by Mrs Patricia Gray.  Please contact Patricia if you have any queries or would like copies of these documents.
Last updated 29/07/2015

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