HR Excellence in Research
European Charter & Code for Researchers
The European Commission has adopted a European Charter for Researchers and a Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (.pdf). The Charter & Code are aimed at promoting excellence in research, researcher mobility and the academic attractiveness of the European Union as a research area.
Key elements of the Charter & Code are open and transparent recruitment and appraisal processes, provision of a stimulating and favourable working environment in which researchers have room for career development and lifelong learning, diversity and academic freedom.
KU Leuven fully endorses the Charter & Code and takes part in the HR Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) process, which supports organisations in the implementation of the Charter & Code in their policies and practices.
The HR Strategy for Researchers process (HRS4R)
In support of the implementation of the Charter & Code, the Commission drew up the Human Resource Strategy for Researchers process. Research institutes involved in the step-by-step implementation of the Charter & Code can acquire the right to use the European HR Excellence in Research logo. This award identifies institutions and organisations as providers and supporters of a stimulating and favourable working environment for researchers.
The HRS4R process includes 5 steps:
- An internal analysis by the participating research institution to compare compliance of current policies and practices with the Charter & Code principles.
- The participating institution draws up an action plan. The action plan summarizes the main results of the internal analysis and sets out concrete actions to further implement the Charter & Code principles.
- The analysis and action plan are reviewed and acknowledged by the European Commission. The acknowledgement implies the right to use the HR Excellence in Research logo.
- Progress in the implementation of the strategy and action plan is subjected to a self-assessment after 2 years.
- An external evaluation is carried out at least every 4 years.
HR Excellence in Research @ KU Leuven
The right to use the European logo is included in Leuven’s Policy Plan for Academic Staff. On the one hand, it ties in with the increased focus on good HR policy for researchers and, on the other, it is important within the framework of the reporting practices applicable to European research projects. As such, KU Leuven takes part in the HR Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) process.
The university submitted an application for the right to use the HR Excellence in Research logo to EURAXESS in October 2016.