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.
HR EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH AWARD
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, January 2021 and April 2023. 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
SWANSEA UNIVERSITY RESEARCH INNOVATION STAFF WORKING GROUP (RISWG)
The RISWG is chaired by Biagio Lucini (Professor and Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor for Research Culture) 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 Research Innovation, Impact Committee (RIIC). it oversees the delivery of the Concordat Action Plan, to support the Career Development of Researchers.RISWG Key Roles & Terms of Reference
CULTURE, EMPLOYMENT AND DEVELOPMENT IN ACADEMIC RESEARCH SURVEY (CEDARS) 2021
Input from our Research staff colleagues is very important and highly valued, and we appreciate the continued contribution our staff make by telling us about their views and experiences.
The Culture, Employment and Development in Academic Research Survey (CEDARS) survey gathers the views and experiences of researchers across the UK, in the context of the revised Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, which aims to create the best culture for researchers to thrive.
Swansea ran the survey for the first time in June 2021 and results have been used to plan activity over the next 2 years. For more information about the CEDARS survey, please see the Vitae website.