The University of Greenwich has a rich heritage in innovations in teaching, learning, research and enterprise, and has bold and imaginative plans to progress these inter-related activities yet further. This is evidenced by the new mission of the university – 'To inspire society through the discovery, application and dissemination of knowledge'. The university recognises that the key element in achieving this is attracting and retaining staff of the highest quality, and a vital component in ensuring such retention is valuing staff in a number of demonstrable ways, including supporting their continuous professional development.
Research and the associated enterprise activities have long been a strong feature of the university's agenda, with many notable successes. The university's new Strategic Plan for the period 2012-17 contains ambitious expectations to progress the research and enterprise agenda yet further, under the vision of 'Enhancing our capability as a research-informed and enterprising institution which produces international quality research and knowledge exchange'.
The University of Greenwich has signed up to the The Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers - a set of principles that underpin support for researchers - as well as working closely with Vitae, to develop its Researcher Development Framework, which articulates the knowledge, behaviours and attributes of successful researchers, encouraging researchers to aspire to excellence through achieving higher levels of development. It is clear that the on-going development of the major resource presented by research staff is crucial to meeting the various goals behind this vision, and the university's engagement with the Concordat is a very important vehicle for achieving such.
HR Excellence in Research
The university has been successful in gaining the European Commission's HR Excellence in Research accreditation, demonstrating its commitment to improving the working conditions and career development of researchers as evidenced by its Gap Analysis and Action Plan. Details of how the university met these criteria can be seen in the Implementation Review document and the Summary Report .
Overall responsibility for working towards compliance with the Concordat rests with the University's Early Career Researcher Steering Group, the work of which is supported by other groups. This Action Plan will be updated periodically to inform on progress in working towards full compliance.