Support for Researchers
Lancaster University recognises the valuable contribution that all researchers make to our research environment, output and impact.
The University is fully committed to the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and has put in place an Action Plan to support the full implementation of the Concordat at Lancaster.
In September 2013 we carried out an assessment of the progress of the Action Plan and as a result an update on actions has been added. The document HR Excellence in Research Two Year Progress Report outlines how we undertook this assessment. Building on the original Action Plan, we have developed a Concordat action programme to take the University through to 2015: Concordat Action Plan 2013-15
Lancaster's demonstrated commitment to the Concordat has received European recognition in the form of the prestigious HR Excellence in Research award. A UK-wide process, incorporating the QAA Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, enables institutions to gain the European Commission's 'HR Excellence in Research' badge, acknowledging alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment. Following our internal evaluation and updating of our Action Plan, the European Commission has approved Lancasterís HR Excellence award for a further two years.
The University's strategic aim is to produce world-class research that changes practice and thinking and in pursuit of this aim we will nurture talented researchers and take them through to have fulfilling and successful careers with us. The Concordat urges organisations to develop systems capable of supporting continuity of employment for researchers. Lancasterís policy is that if further ongoing funding will definitely become available for projects, then wherever possible and if appropriate, bridging funding will be made available to ensure continuity of employment for researchers. This is non contractual and each case will be considered on its own merits.
In this way we aim to help your progression to becoming world class researchers. We only ask that you take full advantage of the opportunities that are available to you while at Lancaster.