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In 2010, The University of York was one of the first UK Universities to obtain the HR Excellence in Research award, in recognition of the sustained commitment to the implementation of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. We are proud to be among a small group of Universities to have held the HREIR award for 10 years, after submitting our reports and draft interim action plan 2020-2022 as part of the 10 year review process. The finalised action plan was published in March 2021, following the end of the Researcher Development Concordat Consultation Process

HR Excellence in Research 2020 - 2022 Documentation


HR Excellence in Research 2018 Documentation


In their commendation of the University’s researcher support the HR Excellence Review Panel said: 

“[We] were impressed by both the breadth of Concordat-related activities being undertaken at York and the opportunities being supported which allow their researchers to develop leadership and other professional skills such as the Research Staff Liaison Officer Roles and a significant number of research staff associations. We strongly recommend the evidence presented by University of York meets the requirements of the 8 year review process.”


Impact of the Concordat at York: 

  • The University of York has 11 Subject based Research Staff/Postdoc Associations

  • A robust Concordat Governance Structure 

  • The number of researchers attending training has almost doubled, with a 91% increase from 2017/18 to 2018/19. Of our 2018/19 cohort, 97% indicated they were satisfied/very satisfied with the training available and 99% would recommend the training. 

  • 50% more researchers attended the day-long research staff conference(s) in 2019 than 2018.

  • Half of the mentees currently taking part in the University mentoring scheme are early career researchers (16/32) and a growing number of mentors are PIs.

  • Positive engagement with the review of the Concordat. York had the highest number of group responses (7) of ALL of these institutions and the sixth highest number of individual responses (15).

  • Increased levels of engagement have been facilitated in part by the Research Staff Liaison Officers. This model has been adopted by other universities.