Posted: Sun 20th Feb 2022

Wrexham Glyndŵr University become signatories of the Research Development Concordat for people living in or visiting the wrexham area
This article is old - Published: Sunday, Feb 20th, 2022

Wrexham Glyndŵr has signed an agreement to support the career development of researchers at the University. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Concordat to support the Career Development of Researchers, which has been signed by Vice-Chancellor Professor Maria Hinfelaar. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

It is an agreement that researchers should be recognised and valued for their contributions in research and beyond. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Researchers at Wrexham Glyndwr will continue to be supported in their professional and career development, and equipped and empowered to succeed in their chosen careers. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The three principles are: ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

  • Environment and culture – Excellent research requires a supportive and inclusive research culture
  • Employment – Researchers are recruited, employed and managed under conditions that recognise and value their contributions
  • Professional and career development – Professional and career development are integral to enabling researchers to develop their full potential

Vice-Chancellor Maria Hinfelaar said: “At Glyndŵr University we place the development of our staff at the heart of our University values, with a vision that centres around inspiring, transforming, enabling, and sustaining for our students, staff, and partnerships. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“As a University we recognise the importance of creating a positive research culture which champions the concordats’ principles and creates an environment focussed on the wellbeing and inclusivity of our researchers.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Welcoming the signing of the concordat, Alison Bloomfield, the University’s Organisational Development and Diversity Manager said: “We are delighted that the University has become a signatory. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We recognise the value of the principles of the concordat and the impact that having staff who feel supported and valued can make, enabling them to fully engage with their research and outputs in an environment where they are able to thrive and succeed.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Frances Thomason, Head of Research Services at Wrexham Glyndwr, added: “As a University who have held the HR Excellence in Research award for eight years, we’re at an exciting stage to further our commitment to the principles of the concordat by becoming signatories. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“As a team we’re looking forward to putting our plans into action and working with our researchers at all levels of their career and development to create a positive research culture at Glyndŵr.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The chair of the University’s Research Development Concordat Working Group will be Professor Mandy Robbins will Chair the University’s Research Development Concordat Working Group, and will be inviting members of staff across the University to become concordat champions to achieve the actions mapped out in the University’s 2021-2023 Action Plan’. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Action Plan can be found here. For more information about our Research at Wrexham Glyndŵr University please visit the website. The Concordat website can be found here. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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