On 17 July 2019, the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid joined the group of universities and research centres that have obtained the European Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) certification. This distinction certifies institutions that work to ensure open and transparent recruitment processes for researchers , based on merit and ability, following the principles set out in the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct.
To achieve this, the UPM presented an Action Plan and a Gap Analysis with the aim of aligning its human resources policy with the principles of the European Union that seek to contribute to the development of an attractive European job market for researchers.
Some of the target actions described in the Action Plan had been developed over time even before the certification was awarded in the understanding that, beyond this mention, these were desirable actions for the University in themselves, although since July 2019, they have become mandatory milestones. We are now fully in the Implementation Phase, which will be subject to a mid-term evaluation within 24 months from the date of award; the UPM has undertaken actions in relation to:
The UPM is highly involved in European projects, so obtaining the Certification is a guarantee of quality in the contracting of any entity; however, in the case of the UPM, it becomes a matter of vital importance to be able to continue participating competitively in H2020 and Horizon Europe.
The stakeholders involved in this process include the direct participation of the Governing Team, especially the Vice-Rector for Quality Assurance and the Research, Innovation and Doctorate Vice-rector, as well as the various management bodies that carry out some of the initiatives, such as the International Doctoral School, the Financial Department, the Research Area and the contracting bodies. At the same time, the Research Committee, delegated by the Governing Council, reports monthly on the degree of progress of the different actions.
HRS4R Seminar for Managers and Researchers [20 February 2019]
UPM Researcher Recruitment and Selection Policy [3 February 2020]