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Coventry University is a diverse and exciting place to work and we share the enthusiasm of our staff and students to be the best at whatever they choose to do. As one of the City’s biggest employers, we offer some impressive benefits for our staff and are committed to delivering the very best opportunities. We have a comprehensive training, personal and professional development programme that provides our employees with the skills to enhance their performance in the workplace and grow in their careers. There are pension schemes, a generous holiday allowance and flexible working opportunities as well as lifestyle benefits including childcare vouchers, discounted membership to the £4 million sports and recreation centre and schemes such as Cycle to Work and the CU Car Share initiative.

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HR Excellence in Research

Coventry University has been awarded the HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission in 2013. The award demonstrates the University's commitment to improving the working conditions and career development for research staff, which will in turn improve the quantity, quality and impact of research for the benefit of UK society and the economy.

The award acknowledges institutional alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment. The UK process incorporates the Charter and Code, the QAA Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. The Concordat is endorsed by the UK Research Councils and UUK.

The Research Concordat Sub-Committee oversees the implementation of researcher development initiatives and, in particular, addresses the needs of Concordats and Codes of Practice pertaining to researcher development, training, and capability. The sub-committee reviews progress against any Concordat action plans and provides a report to Research Committee on an annual basis. The Action Plans are working documents and are updated regularly.

The 2015 report and action plan can be found on our Research Policies Page

Careers in Research Online Survey

The Careers in Research Online Survey (CROS) is run institutionally on an annual basis and nationally on a bi-annual basis. It gathers the anonymous views of Early-Career Researchers on their experiences, career aspirations and career development opportunities. The survey helps improve our development offer and policies at Coventry University as well as informs policy and practice in researchers’ employment, management and career development nationally. The survey also supports the University’s European HR Excellence in Research Award and the implementation of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. For more information on the survey visit the Vitae website.

Results of the 2015 CU CROS Survey.

Results of the 2015 National Careers in Research Online Survey.

Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey

The Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS) gathers anonymous views and experiences from principal investigators in relation to their role as managers and leaders of researchers and research groups. The survey is run institutionally on an annual basis and nationally on a bi-annual basis and is sent to Middle-Career Researchers and Senior Research Leaders. The survey helps improve our development offer and policies at Coventry University as well as informs policy and practice in researchers’ employment, management and career development nationally. The survey also supports the University’s European HR Excellence in Research Award and the implementation of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. For more information on the survey visit the Vitae website.

Results of the 2015 CU Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey.

Results of the 2015 National Principal Investigators and Research Leaders Survey

Other Useful Resources

The European Charter and Code

European Charter for Researchers

European Code of Conduct for Recruitment

The UK Concordats

Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

Concordat to Support Research Integrity

Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research

Other Resources

European University Association: Research & Innovation Policy

Research Councils UK