European Charter for Researchers
On December 16, 2016, the European Commission, after examining UTC’s Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R), awarded UTC the "HR Excellence in Research" label.
Promoting research-intensive careers in Europe
In 2005 the European Commission published its European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. In agreeing to abide by the recommendations of the Charter and Code, research institutions (both private and public) undertake to improve recruitment procedures and to provide the best possible working conditions. Possessing the "HR Excellence in Research" label has become a requirement for obtaining certain types of European funding, in particular under the Horizon 2020 programme.
In order to be eligible for the label, institutions must adopt the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R), which lays down guidelines for implementing good recruitment and management practice.
In close collaboration with all those involved, institutions start with an analysis of how far people's own current practice complies with the recommendations of the Charter and Code. The recommendations are organized into 40 separate items under four broad headings, namely ethical and professional aspects, recruitment, working conditions and social security and training.
At UTC, a self-examination and SWOT analysis (SWOT = Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) led to a plan of action submitted to the European Commission on May 10, 2016.
UTC identified six primordial points for the coming four years:
- to reinforce research freedom;
- to systematize good recruitment practice;
- to improve the induction of new arrivals;
- to cultivate a stimulating working environment;
- to support partnerships;
- to promote the results of research.
In the years following the award of a label, assessments will be carried out to review the measures that have been taken. In 2021, there will be an assessment by the European Commission and by external examiners to determine whether the label may be renewed.