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HR Excellence in Research

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HR Excellence in Research Award

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On 6 December 2017, the European Commission awarded the Jagiellonian University with the prestigious HR Excellence in Research Award.

The award is given to institutions that provide excellent working conditions for researchers, demonstrate transparent recruitment procedures and implement the recommendations of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.  

The award is one of the actions undertaken by the European Commission in the framework of the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) with a view to creating an attractive and open labour market for researchers in the European Union. 

HRS4R acknowledged institutions commit themselves to respect the principles of the Charter and the Code, they continuously improve their practices and are subject to regular evaluation by experts appointed by the EC.

HRS4R recognition:

  • confirms transparent recruitment rules and working conditions that enhance the career development of researchers,
  • adds value to the institutions when they apply for the EU funds under international calls for proposals, including Horizon 2020/Horizon Europe,  
  • adds value to the institutions when they apply for funds in calls announced by the National Science Centre and the National Centre for Research and Development, as well as in competitions and programmes of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (now the Ministry of Education and Science),
  • entitles to post offers on the European researcher recruitment platform – EURAXESS.

The process of applying for the HR Excellence in Research Award was initiated by the Declaration of Support for the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, signed by the Rector of the Jagiellonian University and sent to the European Commission in April 2015, as well as the commitment to implement the HRS4R Strategy and the OTM-R policy of open and transparent recruitment processes.

During an internal analysis stage in 2016, an anonymous survey was conducted among JU academics. Its results were used to develop an action plan for the coming years, the purpose of which is to ensure transparent recruitment procedures as well as career development opportunities for academics at every stage of their career.

The timeline of the application process for the HR Excellence in Research Award is presented below.

Key dates in the HRS4R process:

  • 2000 - adoption of the concept of establishing the European Research Area at the Lisbon European Council summit
  • 2005 - publication by the European Commission of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers
  • 2006 - decision of the CRASP Chairman on support for Charter and Code and recommendation for the Charter to be signed by the rectors of Polish universities
  • 2015 - Declaration of the Jagiellonian University Authorities in support of the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers
  • 2016 – Survey among JU employees
  • September 2017 - The HR Strategy for the Jagiellonian University Researchers, Action Plan 2017-2019
  • December 2017 – HR Excellence in Research Award
  • 2018 – establishing JU Team for the implementation of the HRS4R strategy
  • February 2020 - Internal Review (expert assessment) of the implementation of the HRS4R strategy
  • August 2020 - Recommendations of experts regarding the improvement of activities
  • 2021 – establishing The Steering Committee, The Working Group and The Coordinator for the HR Excellence in Research Affairs