EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH - HRS4R & UNINSUBRIA
WHAT IS HRS4R?
The HRS4R strategy is a tool launched by the European Commission to support universities, research institutions and organizations that fund research in the application of The European Charter for Researchers and The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, which aim to contribute to the development of a European labor market attractive for researchers.
European Charter for Researchers is a set of general principles and requirements defining the roles, responsibilities and rights of researchers, entrepreneurs and funders
Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, which does not differ much from the standard rules on hiring, stresses the importance of open and transparent procurement procedures, and also of diverse and experienced selection teams
"HR Excellence in Research”Award is a quality seal awarded by the European Commission that identifies universities and institutions that generate and support the existence of a stimulating and encouraging research environment.
STEPS TO HR AWARD
HRS4R is a voluntary, progress-oriented and peer-learning process which entails 4 main steps along 6 years:
- The institution launches its HRS4R implementation process by sending a letter to RTD-CHARTER@ec.europa.eu, signed by the highest autorithy. With this letter the institution endorses the principles of C&C and commits to start the HRS4R process.
- An internal Gap analysis by the participating research institution or funding organisation, involving all key players, to compare policies and practices against the Charter & Code principles; on the basis of the results of this analysis, the participating institution or organisation develops its own HR strategy for researchers, which should include a concrete action plan. Time lapse between endorsement and gap analysis+action plan submission must be no longer than 1 year. The analysis and action plan are then reviewed and acknowledged by the European Commission. The acknowledgement implies the right to use the 'HR Excellence in Research' logo
- Achievements and 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 3 years
OUR ROAD TO .... HRS4R
Starting from 2017, our University has set up three groups to ensure the smooth running and follow-up of its HRS4R:
- Steering Board
- Working group
- Researchers Focus Group
University of Insubria formally launched its commitment to the implementation of HRS4R in August 2017 by sending the letter of endorsement.