The awards – established by the European Commission in 2005 and managed by Vitae – highlight institutions that go out of their way to assist academics through training and provide good working conditions for them to carry out their research.
“We are thrilled that the University’s continued commitment to research and research support has been recognised by this European award,” said Professor Simon Jobson, Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange at the University of Winchester. “Research is at the heart of the University’s mission to educate, to advance knowledge and to serve the common good. As such, the development of our researchers – whether staff or student – is a priority for us. We are constantly developing the support systems, processes and activities that encourage our researchers to flourish in an environment of meaningful, impactful and world-leading research.”
The University of Winchester has a strong research portfolio, with 82 per cent of the work submitted to the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014) considered to be of international quality or better. The overall profile of seven out of eight units included research of world-leading quality.
“Our researchers are vital to the success of the University,” added Professor Jobson. “We’re pleased to be able to provide the necessary materials and support to enable them to fulfil their objectives.”
The University strives to support researchers in many different ways. It provides central support for identifying and bidding for external funding, as well as offering research seminars, workshops and conferences throughout the year.
To gain the award, the University of Winchester reviewed how it measured up to the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers in terms of freedom of expression, professionalism, ethics, training and recruitment in research. It then submitted an action plan to the assessors at Vitae.
Now that the University holds the award, it must assess its progress against the action plan every two years and will receive an external audit at least every four years.