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The University of East London has been recognised for its work in supporting the career development of its researchers.
UEL has received the HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission. The award acknowledges the university’s commitment to ensuring a good working environment and career development opportunities for research staff.
Vitae, a network organization supporting researchers, confirmed last month that UEL had gained the prestigious award this year, one of 10 UK universities to do so.
Based across three campuses in Docklands and Stratford, UEL aims to be the leading modern university for research in the UK by 2015. Its high quality work is already having a lasting, positive impact on local communities across east London, the broader UK society and the economy.
Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Joughin, said: “At UEL research activity underpins everything that we do – it is what defines us as a university.”
The Director of the UEL Graduate School, Dr Alan White, who led the submission for the award, added: “This is a great achievement for UEL and justly deserved recognition for the support we offer our researchers.”
Professor Sir Adrian Smith, Chair of the Concordat Strategy Group – which aims to increase the sustainability of research careers in the UK – said: “It is great news that another 10 UK universities have been awarded the HR Excellence in Research Award. It’s vital that the working environment of researchers continue to improve and world-class science and research remain priorities for future economic growth and addressing societal challenges.”
To gain the award UEL benchmarked internal policies and practices against other higher education institutions, and completed a gap-analysis and action plan for review by a panel of experts. The panel concluded that the university had a robust plan in place to support the careers of its research staff. For more information on the submission please visit:http://www.uel.ac.uk/gradschool/prospective/careerdevelopmentconcordat.htm.