Swansea University recognises the crucial contribution that research staff make to our internationally excellent and world-leading research. The success of our research staff underpins our ambition which will drive forward research quality, create a suitable environment for research to flourish, whilst ensuring that the impact of our research is maximised. To this end, we are committed to providing a genuinely supportive environment and culture, where researchers can thrive both professionally and personally. Early Career Researchers (ECRs) are especially important to sustain high-quality research and the University is committed to valuing and promoting career development for this diverse group of staff.


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Swansea University holds the European Commission HR Excellence in Research Award in recognition of our commitment to support the Career Development of Research Staff.

The award was first attained by the University in 2010 and renewed in January 2013, January 2015, January 2017, June 2019 and January 2021. It recognises our commitment to support the Career Development of Research Staff, including our implementation of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Research Staff. All our reports and plans are available to view online.

View Concordat & Award Submissions


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The RSWG is chaired by Professor Perumal Nithiarasu, Director of Research and Institutional Academic lead for Research Impact, and includes research staff from each Faculty (nominated by Heads of Faculty/Directors of Research), and members from Human Resources, Swansea Employability Academy (SEA), Research Engagement & Innovation Services (REIS), Information Services and Systems and UCU (Trade Union).

Reporting into the Committee for Research and Innovation Strategy (CRIS), it oversees the delivery of the Concordat Action Plan, to support the Career Development of Researchers.

RSWG Key Roles & Terms of Reference