The University of St Andrews was awarded the European Commission HR Excellence in Research award in May 2012. The award recognises that the University is committed to the principles laid out in the Research Staff Concordat.
A UK-wide process, incorporating the QAA Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers,
enables institutions to gain the European Commission’s ‘HR excellence in research’ badge, acknowledging alignment with the principles of the
European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their
The Concordat sets standards for the career management and conditions of
employment of researchers employed by HEIs on fixed-term or similar
contracts and funded through research grants or analogous schemes. It
has been used as a general reference point for good practice across the
UK higher education sector.