The School has been awarded the 'HR excellence in research' logo from the European Commission.
About the award
A UK-wide process enables UK HEIs to gain the European Commission's 'HR excellence in research' badge, which acknowledges their alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment.
The UK process incorporates both the QAA Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers to enable institutions that have published Concordat implementation plans to gain the 'HR excellence in research' badge. The UK approach includes ongoing national evaluation and benchmarking. This system of accreditation was designed by the European Commission to provide researchers across Europe with a clear way of identifying those employers which are committed to creating a favourable working environment for researchers.
What the Award means for LSE
The LSE has been recognised by the European Commission for its efforts in improving the working conditions and career development opportunities for its researchers and for providing a clear plan of action for future developments. 2010 was the first year that the award had been made in the UK, and the LSE was one of only a few UK higher education institutions to have received it..
"As a leading research university, the LSE is delighted to have received an HR Excellence in Research Badge. This award is a welcome recognition of the School's commitment to observing best practice for the career development of its research staff. The School looks forward to building on this achievement in the years ahead." - (London School of Economics 15 December 2010)
In a statement from Vitae announced on 14 February 2013, the School was listed as one of 12 institutions who were successful in retaining the ‘HR Excellence in Research’ badging. In a further announcement on 13 July 2015, the School was noted as being successful once again in retaining the award.
Professor David Stevenson, LSE Vice Chair of the Appointments Committee (VCAC) and Chair of the Research Staff Committee (RSC) at the time of LSE first being given the award stated:
"The LSE has done a great deal of work to clarify and improve the conditions of employment of its research staff. I was delighted to see these efforts acknowledged through the HR Excellence in Research badging, and it is extremely encouraging news that this badging has been retained."
Further information on how the LSE is embedding the Concordat is available here.