HR Excellence in Research Award

SOAS is committed to supporting and developing our research staff (postdoctoral researchers, research assistants and independently funded research fellows).

Who do we mean by "research staff"?

Our definition of research staff is drawn from the Concordat and defines researchers as 'Individuals whose primary responsibility is to conduct research and who are employed for this purpose. We also recognise that ‘research staff’ refers to a wide range of staff including those with:

  • different disciplinary backgrounds
  • varying levels of training, including Early Career Researchers
  • a wide variety of different experiences and responsibility types
  • different types of contract (fixed or permanent, full or part time)
  • diverse career expectations

What is the Concordat?

The 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.

The School is committed to the The Concordat Principles to support the career development of researchers. The 2023 report for the Concordat to support the Career Development of Researchers is available to download.

SOAS progress against the Concordat Principles is measured by the HR Excellence in Research Award. Over 120 other institutions hold this award across the UK.

HR Excellence in Research Award

SOAS successfully applied for the HR Excellence in Research Award (March 2012 round) and as such our commitment to the development of our researchers has been recognised. We successfully submitted our two-year review plan for assessment in 2014 and successfully underwent a more rigorous re-accreditation process in 2016, 2020 and 2022. The HR Excellence in Research Steering Group has monitored progress and developed the action plans, approved by the Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee. 

Planning and outlining the institution-wide support for research staff for the ten-year review is summarised in the following progress report and action plans:

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