Researcher Development

The University of Wolverhampton is committed to the continuous development of its researchers. Research is at the heart of the University’s mission to educate, to advance knowledge and to serve the common good. As such, the development of our researchers – whether staff or student – is a priority, and the University is constantly developing the support systems, processes and activities that encourage our researchers to flourish in an environment of meaningful, impactful and world-leading research. The University strives to support researchers in many different ways. It provides central support for identifying and bidding for external funding, as well as offering research seminars, workshops and conferences throughout the year.

HR Excellence in research awardHR excellence in research award

In 2012, the University of Wolverhampton was awarded the prestigious European Commission HR Excellence in Research Award. The awards – established by the European Commission in 2005 and managed by Vitae – highlight institutions that go out of their way to assist and support academics and students in their research activities.

About the award

A UK-wide process enables UK HEIs to gain the European Commission’s ‘HR excellence in research’ badge, which acknowledges their alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment.

The UK process incorporates both the QAA UK Quality Code for Higher Education, Chapter B11: Research Degrees and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers.

The UK approach includes ongoing national evaluation and benchmarking.

There are 348 institutions in total with the Award (98 UK and 250 other European institutions who have gained the recognition).

To gain the award, the University of Wolverhampton completed a gap analysis of our existing policies and practice against the Concordat in terms of freedom of expression, professionalism, ethics, training and recruitment in research. It then submitted an action plan to the assessors at Vitae. As an award holder, the University must assess its progress against the action plan every two years and will receive an external audit at least every four years.

If you wish to read more about the external context then please use the following links

Concordat to support the career development of researchersSupporting the Concordat 

The University of Wolverhampton strongly endorses and supports the principles of the UK Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers, and this is exemplified by the many activities underway within the University which demonstrate our commitment to our researchers and their broader skills development. 

If you wish to find out more about the Concordat in action please visit the UoW Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers webpage

Training and professional development

The University of Wolverhampton has an engaging and extensive staff development programme. For more information visit the Organisational Development webpages

As part of this work, the Doctoral College organises a comprehensive Research Supervisors Development Programme (RSDP) which ensures we have a well trained and experienced pool of research supervisors. To supplement this a new canvass topic for supervisors is currently in development and details will appear here soon.

The Early Researcher Award Scheme (ERAS)

The University of Wolverhampton ERAS Scheme identifies and supports members of staff who are at the start of their research career. A new cohort of ERAS Fellows is selected each year.

There are two elements to the scheme:

  • An individual research project that will yield outputs in terms of publications, further research and/or development of funding opportunities.
  • A support programme to develop and enhance wider research-related skills through workshops, action learning, mentoring and progress reports. 

To find out more about the ERAS scheme visit

Culture, Employment and Development in Academic Research Survey (CEDARS)

The University of Wolverhampton takes part in biannual CEDARS (managed and supported by Vitae) that gathers the anonymous views and experience of researchers in UK higher education institutions.

To find out more visit the CEDARS webpage