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Stirling receives EU Commission recognition for researcher development

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The University of Stirling is one of 15 universities in the UK to be awarded the HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission on 5 September. Stirling is now part of a select group of only 38 universities in the UK which have achieved this Award.

The HR Excellence in Research Award is made to universities which increase the attractiveness and sustainability of research careers and also recognises compliance with the RCUK (Research Councils UK) Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers.

Dr John Rogers, Director of Research & Enterprise at the University, says: “We value the work of our researchers across all disciplines. This Award reflects an explicit commitment to view our researchers’ careers as a priority, with all the benefit that brings to them as individuals, to the University and to our research output and its positive economic and social impact.”

Speaking from Brussels, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science said: "The European Commission, through its Innovation Union flagshipinitiative, is committed to putting research and innovation at the top of the political agenda.

“We want to turn ideas into growth and jobs. UK universities play an important part in strengthening the excellent research base in Europe and ensure that our researchers have the right skills to maximise the value of innovation across all sectors."

Professor Ian Simpson, Deputy Principal of the University of Stirling, says: “We are delighted to receive the HR Excellence in Research Award. This is a key milestone in our researcher development work and follows our early adoption of the RCUK Concordat. It marks the culmination of our significant engagement in this area and I’m very proud that Stirling is at the forefront of these developments.”

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