HR Excellence in Research Award
Waterford Institute of Technology is delighted to have successfully retained the HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission for a further two years. Following an internal self-evaluation, WIT retains the award at the two year stage and goes forward with an evolved Action Plan for the 2017-2018 period. A further evaluation will be conducted by external peer review, administered by the European Commission in 2018.
The Institute first gained the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award in May 2014. The award recognises the practices we have in place to support researchers' career and professional development in line with the European Charter for Researchers and The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.
Through the effort undertaken to gain the award WIT has demonstrated commitment to improving the working conditions and career development for research staff. We will continue to work with all research stakeholders across the Institute in the collective delivery of the activities set out in the revised HRS4Rs Action Plan and to ensure our research staff have the best possible experience at WIT.
WIT’s HRS4Rs Action Plans and Self-Assessment Reports
2 Year Self-Assessment Report and Action Plan 2016
Download our report produced in 2016, reviewing key achievements and progress made against the original action plan 2014, and containing a new action plan for 2016-18.
Original Action Plan 2014
WIT's original action plan was produced by the Research Support Unit in May 2014 based on a 'mapping and gapping' exercise. This exercise helped establish what policies and procedures were already in place at WIT and identify areas for improvement to ensure the Institute was compliant with the Charter and Code principles. A consultative approach was adopted with valuable input received from a wide range of research stakeholders. Researchers were consulted through open forums and surveys to determine their experience at WIT. WIT achieved the European Commission's HR Excellence in Research Award in recognition of its action plan in May 2014.
Further details on the HRS4R process at WIT are available by contacting Eimear Fitzpatrick, HRS4Rs Project Lead for WIT (email: [email protected])