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Issue 499, 7 June 2004
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Institute rewarded for investment in people

The Institute for Transport Studies is the University’s first academic department to win Investors in People status.

IIP status recognises the institute as a model of best practice for managing staff. Director Professor Tony May said the institute’s focus on developing and retaining staff had been a key contributor to achieving and maintaining its 5* RAE rating.

“It is a public recognition of what we are doing and it gives a competitive edge in research funding. Everybody here realises the institute is a success because of the contributions which they make and that it’s not just down to a limited group of people,” he said.

“As a result we have almost 40 active income generators among 20 academic and 40 research staff,” he added.

Another result of the institute’s staff development work is a new policy limiting the use of fixed-term contracts which last month saw 16 researchers with four years’ continuous service being made permanent employees. This follows a similar arrangement for support staff.

The institute has given a commitment to transfer staff to permanent contracts after four years’ employment after taking into account career progress and contribution to income generation.

Human Resources director Matthew Knight said: “The University will be seeing how principles developed in the institute could be used elsewhere.”

A number of other University departments and services have won IIP status, including residential & commercial services, the library, SDDU and the school of healthcare studies, gained when it was the college of healthcare.
For more information on IIP contact Debbie Greenwood, ext 34148, 

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