The Courtauld Institute of Art has achieved (November 2013) the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award, which acknowledges their commitment to researcher development.

The Courtauld Institute of Art is a signatory of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and is committed to review and implement its seven principles. 

The Courtauld Institute of Art is a single subject institution with a relatively small number of researchers. The research staff category comprises postdoctoral fellows, whose positions are funded and governed by external funding bodies. The Institute recognises that researchers form a key part of its plans to carry out, promote and shape research in art history and conservation at the highest level. The Courtauld Institute of Art is therefore committed to providing the necessary support for its academic staff and researchers.

The internal gap analysis was developed and organised by Professor Caroline Arscott (Head of Research) and Dr Maria Mileeva (Early Career Lecturer with Special Responsibility for Research Administration) in August 2013. The Concordat principles were reviewed and priorities identified in consultation with Professor Deborah Swallow (Director), Anjum Saad (Head of Human Resources) and Dr Sara Beth Levavy (Andrew W Mellon Foundation / Research Forum Postdoctoral Fellow - Mellon MA). The Concordat Implementation Group was established and met in October 2013 to create an action plan. This group consists of the Head of Research, the Head of Human Resources, the Early Career Lecturer with Special Responsibility for Research Administration and two current researchers. The Concordat Implementation Group will meet twice a year in the Autumn and Summer terms to carry out a self-assessment, to review progress and best practice in preparation for the next cycle of recruitment. The first internal review of the current action plan will take place in June 2014, when new actions for the following academic year will be identified and taken forward. An internal review of the action plan will be carried out on an annual basis. The external evaluation will take place every four years. The overall responsibility for the action plan lies with Professor Caroline Arscott.


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