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The University of Brighton has won international recognition as a centre of excellence for research staff.

It has retained its HR (Human Resources) Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission after a two-year review.

The award “demonstrates a university’s commitment to improving the working conditions and career development for research staff, which will, in turn, improve the quantity, quality and impact of research for the benefit of UK society and the economy”.

The award was confirmed by Vitae, a programme dedicated to realising the potential of researchers through transforming their professional and career development, and funded by UK research councils.

The University of Brighton is one of 89 organisations with the award and Universities Minister David Willetts said: “A vibrant science and innovation sector is fundamental to the UK’s plan for long term economic growth. It is vital that we continue to support researchers to fulfil their potential.”

Professor Bruce Brown, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), said: “Mentoring and training the next generation of researchers is a key part of the university’s strategy and I am delighted that the work undertaken to support our research staff has been recognised by this award.”

Ellen Pearce, Director of Vitae, said: “There is strong evidence from right across Europe that the HR Excellence in Research Award process has a significant role in improving human resource management for researchers. In the UK this is a crucial part of the implementation of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers which is referenced in the Research Excellence Framework and by research funders and employers.”

For further information go to http://staffcentral.brighton.ac.uk/ro/Concordat.shtm

IMAGE CREDIT: UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON : Research taking place in the university’s Huxley Building