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Teesside University is committed to fostering a research culture and environment in which you can thrive as a researcher. To create a positive research culture that values the contributions of all those working within the research ecosystem, we participate in and adhere to a range of national programmes, charters, concordats, and awards to ensure our research culture is open, inclusive, caring, responsible, sustainable and supportive.


As a researcher, you also play an important role in ensuring Teesside University nurtures a dynamic and positive research culture for both our researchers and our stakeholders. To support your development and contribution, we offer a range of training and development activities, as well as a suite of online tools, resources and guidance for you to develop your research practice.

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HR Excellence in Research Award

HR Excellence in ResearchThe University participates in the European Commission's HR in Excellence in Research Award, which is assessed every two years through self-assessment. The award is given to organisations which can demonstrate a robust and public implementation strategy of improving the career development of researchers. The University was awarded HR Excellence in Research in 2013.

The UK process incorporates both the QAA Quality Code for Higher Education and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. The UK approach includes ongoing national evaluation and benchmarking.

Our award is led by the Research Culture and People Sub-Committee working closely with the ECR Sub-Committee. Both Sub-Committees report directly to Research and Innovation Committee.

2021 Eight-Year Review

2019 Six-Year Review

2017 Four-Year Review

UK Concordats to support research and knowledge exchange

There are currently six concordats pertaining to research in the UK that aim to improve research cultures nationally. Teesside University works to ensure we adhere to the principles of all six concordats.


Reading list

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