HR Excellence in Research 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.
The Charter and the Code of conduct are recommendations made by the Commission to Member States, which are invited to apply them voluntarily:
- The European Charter for Researchers is a set of general principles and requirements defining the roles, responsibilities and rights of researchers, entrepreneurs and funders.
- The 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
This quality seal is awarded by the European Commission to identify universities and institutions that generate and support the existence of a stimulating and encouraging research environment.
Until now, 410 organisations, 72 of them Spanish have received the HR Excellence in Research award.
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) welcomes and supports the Recommendations of the European Commission containing the “European Charter for Researchers” and the “Code of Conduct for Recruitment of Researchers”, hereby commits, according with its internal policies, to further develop its internal human resources strategy, adhering to the recommendations and the principles set out in the Charter and Code and to guarantee transparency, accessibility, equity, and the pursuit of excellence in the recruitment of researchers.
UPM has presented a GAP Analysis and an Action Plan to achieve the European accreditation "HR Excellence in Research".
During the first 6 months of 2018, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid has been involved in the implementation process to obtain the HR Excellence in Research accreditation. First by conducting a survey aimed at all UPM research staff and then by developing a GAP Analysis and an Action Plan to establish an internal analysis and to set a series of actions and recommendations to align its human resources policies with the principles set out in the "European Charter for Researchers" and the "Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers".
To this end, the Academic Observatory of the Vice-Rectorate for Quality and Efficiency of UPM prepared a survey aimed at UPM research staff on the 40 principles of the Charter and the European Code for Researchers, which was completed on 12th February 2018. The results of the survey were very satisfactory, with a participation of 15.41%.
The results of the Survey were analyzed by a 17-member Working Group (belonging to the research staff and the administration and service staff) who analyzed and agreed to draw up a GAP Analysis and an Action Plan aimed at optimizing the working environment for research at the UPM.
The Research Commission of the UPM in its session of last May 24th approved the proposal of Gap Analysis and Action Plan elaborated by the Working Group HRS4R-UPM, that previously had already analyzed the Steering Committee ad hoc, formed by several Vice-rectors and chaired by the Rector.
The final version of the Gap Analysis and Action Plan proposal was sent to the European Commission on 30th May. Then, the Governing Council of the UPM was informed of this on 31st May.
Click here to see the summary of the actions to be implemented.
From now on, the European Commission has 6 months to evaluate the Gap Analysis and Action Plan proposals.
The HRS4R initiative at UPM is coordinated by the Vice-Rectorate for Research, Innovation and Doctoral Studies in collaboration with the Vice-Rectorate for Quality and Efficiency.
Survey of UPM researchers
In order to obtain the HR Excellence in Research awrd, the UPM research staff carried out an internal analysis through a survey according to the 40 principles of "The European Charter for Researchers " and " The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers ".