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Committed to the Concordat to support the career development of UWS researchers.
Professor Eshan Mesbahi, Vice-Principal (Academic)

RESEARCHER DEVELOPMENT & CONCORDAT

UWS strives to create a world class research environment in which staff and students can be supported, can collaborate with colleagues and can achieve their full potential.

UWS is fully committed to the UK Concordat to support the Career Development of Researchers which sets out clear standards that research staff can expect from the University. It aims to improve the employment and support for research careers in the UK and provides a framework for career development based around seven core principles. These principals are set around six areas:

  • Recruitment and Selection (Principle 1)
  • Recognition and Value (Principle 2)
  • Support and Career Development (Principles 3 & 4)
  • Researchers Responsibilities (Principle 5)
  • Diversity and Equality (Principle 6)
  • Implementation and Review (Principle 7)

How is UWS implementing the Concordat?

In order to support and embed the Concordat in UWS, we have established a steering group which is led by the Vice Principal Research and Enterprise Professor Ehsan Mesbahi. Other members include staff from People & OD, Research Services, Graduate School, Assistant Deans for Research and Enterprise, Researchers, Post Graduate Researchers and the Careers and Employability Service.

Gap Analysis & Action Plan

Following extensive consultation with key stakeholders, the Steering Group have co-ordinated the development of the UWS Towards HR Excellence in Research: Concordat Implementation: Gap Analysis and Action Plan.

Download our Gap Analysis and Action Plan (pdf)

Vitae

Vitae is an international programme supporting researcher development.  It provides resources and guidance aimed specifically at research staff and research students and their managers. UWS has a Vitae membership subscription and staff and research students at UWS are able to access the Vitae resources to support their career development. To gain access to these resources, you will need to register/log in at the Vitae website.

University Investment

UWS invests significant funds in research, through the VP Fund for Research and Enterprise Excellence, an Annual Studentship Call and various responsive mode funds. To support Early Career Researchers (ECR), we require that all funded projects involve ECR staff in the delivery team and have funds such as the Returners Fund and Bridging Fund.

  • The Returners’ Fund helps staff who are returning to work after a career break re-establish their research activities
  • The Bridging Fund has been established to assist staff who have been on a series of fixed term contracts deal with any gaps in funding

We also support ECR staff directly with two specifically designed training interventions:-

Athena SWAN

UWS is committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter which aims to advance the representation of women in science, engineering and technology and recognises commitment to advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM).

To date, the University has been achieved the Bronze Award and has submitted a number of applications for individual School awards.

 

HR Excellence Award for Research

UWS was also delighted receive the ‘HR Excellence in Research Award’ from the European Commission in 2016 for its work in supporting its research staff in their career development.

The award demonstrates our commitment to improving the working conditions and career development for research staff, to in turn improve the quantity, quality and impact of research for the benefit of UK society and the economy. This award acknowledges UWS’s commitment to achieving the principles of the UK Concordat - to support the career development of researchers and the European Charter for Researchers.

Last updated: 05/08/2017