The HR Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) supports research institutions and funding organisations to implement the European Commission Charter and Code for Researchers in their research policies and practices and forms the basis upon which the ‘HR Excellence in Research’ logo is awarded.
The Charter & Code
The European Commission has adopted a European Charter for Researchers and a Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. These two documents are key elements in the European Union's policy to make research an attractive career, which is a vital feature of its strategy to stimulate economic and employment growth.
Giving individual researchers the same rights and obligations wherever they may work throughout the European Union should help counter the fact that research careers in Europe are fragmented at local, regional, national or sectoral level, and allow Europe to make the most of its scientific potential.
In particular, the European Charter for Researchers addresses the roles, responsibilities and entitlements of researchers and their employers or funding organisations. It aims at ensuring that the relationship between these parties contributes to successful performance in the generation, transfer and sharing of knowledge, and to the career development of researchers.
The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers aims to improve recruitment, to make selection procedures fairer and more transparent and proposes different means of judging merit: Merit should not just be measured on the number of publications but on a wider range of evaluation criteria, such as teaching, supervision, teamwork, knowledge transfer, management and public awareness activities.
Implementing The HR Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R)
The University of Limerick is a member of the third cohort of EU institutions to apply for the HR Strategy for Researchers. In order to develop the strategy, the University of Limerick carried out an internal analysis resulting in the development of the University of Limerick HR Strategy and Action Plan for Researchers.
The strategy and action plan have been acknowledged by the European Commission and the right to use the ‘HR Excellence in Research’ logo was awarded to the University of Limerick in 2013.
Progress on the implementation of the strategy and action plan is reflected in the self assessment report, which was submitted by the University of Limerick to the European Commission in 2015. The European Commission concluded from the report that the University of Limerick is clearly committed towards the full achievement of the HRS4R process.
The next step of the HRS4R foresees an evaluation to be conducted by external peer reviewers in 2017.
A copy of the HR Researcher Open Forum Meeting Presentation from January 2016, which provides an update on the implementation of the HRS4R to research staff is available here: HRS4R Research Staff Open Forum Presentation
Open Transparent and Merit Based Recruitment (OTM-R)
The University of Limerick is committed to fully implementing the EU recommendations on Open, Transparent and Merit-based Recruitment practices for researchers (OTM-R), in conjunction with the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, in our HR Strategy for Researchers.
By ensuring that the best person for the job is recruited, open, transparent and merit-based recruitment of researchers improves the effectiveness of national research systems, guarantees equality, especially for under-represented groups, and boosts transnational and international co-operation. This in turn promotes optimal circulation of scientific knowledge. Individual researchers, employers, funding bodies, and ultimately the whole European Research Area (ERA), benefit from OTM-R.
The Human Resources Division are delighted to announce the launch of Researcher Careers Month in November 2016. Researcher Careers Month is supported as part of the University of Limerick’s HR Strategy for Researchers and will consist of a variety of informative lunchtime sessions with the aim of providing valuable transferable skills and information to researchers that will further their careers.
Please see attached the full programme of events for the HR Researcher Careers Month.
The launch event and first session of the Researcher Careers Month will be held in the Pavilion on Thursday 3rd November at 1pm with refreshments served at 12:45pm. The talks are open to all. Reserve a spot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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