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Charter & Code, and The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R)

1 January 2018

Uppsala University is applying for the European Commission acknowledgement HR Excellence in Research, an award that indicates that Uppsala University is an employer with a stimulating and favorable working environment. The award also conveys a university`s commitment to fair and transparent recruitment and appraisal procedures and to their continuous development.

One part of the application process is the implementation of the Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, the so called Charter & Code, that gives recommendations and good practice guidelines for the employment and recruitment of researchers at all different stages of their careers and covers all research areas in the public and private sectors. To help employers implement the Charter & Code in their own policies, the European Commission has developed a tool to support the process: The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers tool (HRS4R), that contains fixed templates and mandatory implementation steps.

Background

In March 2005, the European Commission issued a recommendation on the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. The goal of the Charter & Code is to create the world's most competitive knowledge-based economy through European research activities. By improving the conditions for free research, promoting an open labour market for researchers and enabling recruitment and retaining outstanding researchers, a strong European Research Area can be established and with it an attractive, sustainable and attractive labour market for researchers.

The Charter & Code consists of general principles and requirements that determine roles, responsibilities and rights of researchers and employers. The basic concept is that the principles should serve as a framework for researchers and employers to work within. The aim of the Charter & Code is thus to ensure that the relationship between researchers and employers contributes to successful research achievements, as well as access and exchange of knowledge, technical development and career development. More than 900 organizations have endorsed the Charter & Code principles.

The HR Excellence in Research award is awarded to the applicant organization (employer) after a thorough internal analysis of the institution’s personnel policy and conditions through legislation, agreements and other guidelines, as well as an external assessment. Employers who receive the award are expected to have, maintain and develop a stimulating and beneficial working environment for researchers.

The HRS4R Process at Uppsala University

With the help of HRS4R Uppsala University is adopting the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers as a part of the development processes of researchers’ contracts, careers and work environment.

The HRS4R work at Uppsala University is done by a working group, chaired by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, professor Mats Larhed, in close contact with an internal reference group.  From the very beginning, the group integrated the work with HRS4R as a part of the development of HR operations at Uppsala University. The HRS4R process is outlined below.

 

Application documents

GAP analysis (pdf)

Action plan (pdf)