Development for Researchers at Lancaster University
Research excellence is at the heart of Lancasterís 2020 strategy and our researchers are central to our future success. Building upon our position as a global leader, we have set ourselves ambitious goals that we are confident of achieving because of the talent and commitment that our researchers demonstrate. You will be aware that the research environment is constantly changing and as researchers come together to address new areas of challenge, our commitment to supporting individuals to enhance their personal effectiveness must be equally ambitious. We are fully committed to the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and have an Action Plan in place to support its implementation. Lancaster's demonstrated commitment to the Concordat has received European recognition in the form of the prestigious HR Excellence in Research award (first awarded to the institution in 2011 and retained in 2013). 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.In pursuit of our aim to produce world class research that changes practice and thinking, 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.
To support our goals, I am proud to be able to promote and endorse the new development opportunities that are available this year to support colleagues at different stages in their research journeys. Collectively, they signal an exciting commitment to further enhancing research excellence and contribute to an integrated research community at Lancaster. The Senior Leadership Team here at Lancaster have a commitment to ensuring that researchers have access to development that is supportive and stimulating. Whether you are an early career contract researcher or a member of academic staff with an established track record of research, I strongly encourage you to take advantage of the new opportunities outlined on these webpages and inspire your colleagues to do the same.
Professor Stephen Decent
Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research
To find out more information please email the OED team direct.