WIT granted HR Excellence in Research Award by the European Commission

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WIT is the first Institute of Technology in Ireland to receive the "HR Excellence in Research" designation from the European Commission (EC).

WIT is the first Institute of Technology in Ireland to receive the "HR Excellence in Research" designation from the European Commission (EC). The HR Excellence in Research award acknowledges WIT as a stimulating work environment for researchers, providing attractive working conditions and equipping researchers with the broad skills and experience necessary to develop their research careers.

Over the last 10 years WIT secured in excess of €130m in competitive R&D funding from European, National and private sources. This funding supports 158 fulltime contract researchers from Ireland and around the world. The outcomes of their research activity are making a major contribution to the economic and social development of the region. We need to continue to attract the best researchers to the South-East. The HR Excellence in Research designation is a clear statement of the institute’s commitment to providing the research environment and career development sought by high performing researchers. It underpins our commitment to using research and innovation as a driver for regional social and economic development.

Learning of the news, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science said "I would like to warmly congratulate Waterford Institute of Technology for achieving this HR Excellence in Research award – not least because they are the first Institute of Technology in Ireland to receive it!   It goes without saying that good HR has become a crucial factor in attracting and retaining the best research staff and this will ensure the free circulation of researchers and knowledge that is a cornerstone of the European Research Area".

Prof Willie Donnelly VP of Research & Innovation at WIT said: “Our research commitment is crucial to the success of the Institute and the economic development of the region. We have been working hard to ensure that WIT is a location capable of attracting the best researchers from around the world. The HR Excellence in Research designation is a clear statement to the international research community of our commitment to excellence in research and career development. The research community is an essential part of WIT’s human resources and a key component of our overall strategy to develop and deliver world-class research. Initiatives at WIT in the past few years have underlined the importance of researcher career development and attractive employment conditions for researchers in constructing a knowledge economy; we are pleased that our efforts have been recognised by the European Commission”.

Ms Eimear Fitzpatrick, WIT’s HRS4Rs Co-ordinator said “The logo conveys to researchers our commitment to fair and transparent recruitment and appraisal procedures. It also demonstrates that the Institute is dedicated to enhancing its policies, procedures and the research environment to ensure researchers welfare, support and career development. We are delighted to have received this recognition and will continue to support Europe-wide initiatives through involvement in policy development and its local implementation here in WIT”.

The designation is particularly important in the context of the Institute’s commitment to play a major role in the European Framework programme Horizon 2020 and the associated European Research Area. Participation in the European Framework programme is an important strategic priority for the Irish research community. WITs HR Excellence in Research designation is a clear statement of our commitment to leadership in the European Research Area (ERA).

WIT joins four universities with the HR Excellence in Research award. The announcement was made at WIT’s Creating Connections’ event in Waterford on Tuesday June 10th 2014.

Further Details on the HRS4R process are available from Ms Eimear Fitzpatrick, HRS4Rs Co-Ordinator, Research Support Unit, WIT. Email:[email protected] 051 845503.

Pictured at the announcement of the "HR Excellence in Research" designation at Waterford Institute of Technology are Prof Willie Donnelly, VP Research and Innovation; Dr Ruaidhrí  Neavyn, President; and Ms Eimear Fitzpatrick, HRS4Rs Co-Ordinator, Research Support Unit, all from WIT. Photo courtesy of Patrick Browne, Brownes Photography.


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