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Queen Margaret University Recognised in European Commission HR Excellence in Research Awards

Edinburgh, Monday 21 January 2013; Queen Margaret University has been recognised for achieving HR Excellence in Research by the European Commission underlining its commitment to improving the working conditions, mobility and career development for research staff in its flagship areas of health and rehabilitation, sustainable business and culture and creativity.

QMU is one of ten universities in the UK to have their two-year reviews and future plans approved. Seventy two UK organisations now have the Award which aims to enhance the quality and output of the research base, through supporting the training and development of world-class researchers.

Commenting on the award QMU Vice Principal Alan Gilloran said:

“Excellence in our research has led to the development of a distinctive research culture which is attracting scholars from around the world and for QMU to be included in the first tranche of European awards is a huge achievement. It badges the university as a European institution that is committed to supporting researcher mobility and career development.  Our work in areas such as food and nutrition, speech sciences, international health, media and communication   and rehabilitation sciences has achieved international recognition and reflects the quality of the people we are able to attract and retain.”

To gain the award, Queen Margaret University has demonstrated robust implementation plans to improve how they attract, manage and develop research staff to improve the quantity, quality and impact of research for the benefit of UK society and the economy.

Westminster MP David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science said:

"Our world-class universities are once again leading the way. It's vital that the working conditions of researchers continue to improve because world-class science and research are the key to future economic growth. The total number of UK institutions with this award is higher than in the whole of the rest of Europe put together, which is a great testament to the strength of our research base."


For further information contact Maggie Wright on 0131 226 3622 or 07801 710360


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