The University of Greenwich has a rich heritage in innovations in teaching, learning, research and enterprise, and has bold and imaginative plans to progress these inter-related activities yet further.

University mission

This is evidenced by the new mission of the university – 'To inspire society through the discovery, application and dissemination of knowledge'. The university recognises that the key element in achieving this is attracting and retaining staff of the highest quality, and a vital component in ensuring such retention is valuing staff in a number of demonstrable ways, including supporting their continuous professional development.

Research and the associated enterprise activities have long been a strong feature of the university's agenda, with many notable successes. The university's new Strategic Plan for the period 2012-17 contains ambitious expectations to progress the research and enterprise agenda yet further, under the vision of 'Enhancing our capability as a research-informed and enterprising institution which produces international quality research and knowledge exchange'.

The University of Greenwich has signed up to the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers - a set of principles that underpin support for researchers - as well as working closely with Vitae, to develop its Researcher Development Framework, which articulates the knowledge, behaviours and attributes of successful researchers, encouraging researchers to aspire to excellence through achieving higher levels of development. It is clear that the on-going development of the major resource presented by research staff is crucial to meeting the various goals behind this vision, and the university's engagement with the Concordat is a very important vehicle for achieving such.
Find out more about the principles of the Concordat

HR Excellence in Research

The university has been successful in gaining the European Commission's HR Excellence in Research accreditation, demonstrating its commitment to improving the working conditions and career development of researchers. The basis for this accreditation is based on regular critical reviews of progress that direct its future activities, expressed in a two-year action plan. Details can be seen in the associated documents:

Overall responsibility for working towards compliance with the Concordat rests with the Research and Enterprise Training Institute, Greenwich Research and Enterprise, the work of which is supported by other groups. This Action Plan will be updated periodically to inform on progress in working towards full compliance.

Researcher Development Concordat - 2019

The University of Greenwich has signed up to the revised 'Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers 2019', commonly known as the Researcher Development Concordat. This is an agreement between stakeholders to improve the employment and support for researchers and researcher careers in higher education in the UK.

It sets out three clear Principles of environment and cultureemployment, and professional and career development. The principles are underpinned by obligations for the four key stakeholder groups, fundersinstitutionsresearchers and managers of researchers, to realise the aims of the Concordat.

Letter of commitment to the Researcher Development Concordat 2019

Further details can be found at