10 Year European HR Excellence in Research Award for QMU

Queen Margaret University celebrates its success this week following the announcement that it has retained its 10 Year HR Excellence in Research Award. The accolade, which demonstrates QMU’s long term commitment to the career development of its researchers, is a significant achievement for the University – QMU is one of only five UK higher education institutions (HEIs) and the first UK post-92 HEI to retain the Award.

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Following a rigorous process of external peer review, the European Commission awarded QMU with the 10 Year European HR Excellence in Research Award in recognition of the University’s commitment to the 2019 Concordat for Researcher Development. Kim Stuart, Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange at QMU, explained: “QMU is committed to research excellence and supporting the development of all researchers.  We want every researcher at QMU to have the means to realise their full potential, and to ensure our early career researchers are supported in building and sustaining their careers within academia and beyond.”

Our 2020-22 Action Plan supports and welcomes the renewed vigour of the principles of this revised Concordat. We are proud to uphold our obligations and responsibilities and have reaffirmed these in our strategy. These are now embedded with our research culture which we believe is both supportive and inspiring.” Professor Richard Butt, QMU’s Deputy Principal, said: “This is a significant achievement for QMU in recognising quality in our research environment. We therefore look forward to working collaboratively to progress the development of a UK research system which ensures researchers have a healthy, supportive environment in which to work. We also acknowledge the role of the Concordat as a tool to support the supply of well-rounded and multi-skilled researchers who can traverse the interface of academia and industry. 

“We are proud to play our part in developing research and innovation which supports the UK in achieving its ambitious economic and industrial strategies, and which align with mission to make a positive contribution to society.”

Source: Queen Margaret University

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