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Interviews with researchers the next step in the process

During the spring the project has been presented to most of the faculties – some still remain – and for a number of other groups within the university to inform that the work has begun and why the university wants to apply for HR Excellence in Research.

Now before the summer, the work on the inventory of the 40 principles set by the European Commission is completed in the statute that constitutes the framework for our work in the project. Updates will be made on an ongoing basis due to changes to the current regulations. This autumn, the next phase begins, which involves developing a gap analysis in which we, as a university, will reach in which principles we can develop and improve. This is done by letting researchers at different levels via interviews to give their views on how it is to work as a researcher at Lund University. The research categories that constitute the target group of the Charter&Code are divided into four levels set by the EU:

  • First Stage Researcher
  • Recognized Researcher
  • Established Researcher
  • Leading Researcher

Read more about the categories here.

The interviews take place during September to November 2019 and when the compilation of the inventory and the gap analysis is complete, a proposal for an action plan will be prepared. This will then be decided by the university management and after that the application can be submitted, which is planned for the spring term of 2020.

June 20, 2019

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The HR Strategy for Researchers

In March 2005, the European Commission issued the Recommendation to follow the European Charter for Researchers and The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, the Charter & Code. The aim of the charter is to strengthen European research by improving researchers conditions, clarifying the conduct of responsible research, as well as to support and give structure to European research policy.

In January 2019, Lund University decided to apply for the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award. This award is given to organisations that follow the Charter & Code.

In accordance with the European Commission’s ambition to make Europe the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world, the charter aims to improve the conditions for research freedom. The Commission also wishes to support an open labour market for researchers by increasing mobility, countering all kinds of discrimination, supporting access to and exchange of knowledge as well as facilitating ongoing quality-assurance work at European universities.

An attractive workplace for researchers

The Charter & Code is aimed at researchers at all stages of their careers and covers all areas of research within both the public and private sectors. The Charter & Code consists of general principles and requirements that specify roles, responsibilities and entitlements and act as a framework within which researchers and employers can work.

Employers – such as Lund University – in adhering to the Charter & Code will openly demonstrate their commitment to act in a responsible and professional way toward their employees. They agree to support equality and transparency of recruitment processes as well as to provide fair conditions for researchers, with an intention to contribute to the development of the European Research Area. The aim is to become an attractive workplace for researchers looking for a new employer or host for their research projects.

Decision at Lund University

On 10 January 2019, the vice-chancellor Torbjörn von Schantz took the decision that Lund University shall apply for the HR Excellence in Research Award.

The work is led by a steering committee with pro vice-chancellor Stacey Sörensen as chair. Gunilla Thylander from the Human Resources Division is the project manager.

Prior to the application, the work is to take place according to the steps shown in the image below.

The analysis of the research charter consists of 40 principles within four different areas:

  • Ethical principles and professional responsibility
  • Recruitment
  • Working conditions
  • Research, training and career development

Initially, the project is to focus on producing a gap analysis to assess which areas of the University need to be developed and improved to comply with the Charter & Code. The work is to be based on the EU Commission’s e-tool HR Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R). Representatives from all levels of research at the University will be involved in carrying out this analysis.

Read more about the HR Strategy for Researchers (new window)

Based on the results of the analysis, Lund University will develop an action plan with measures to ensure the University has a research environment with working conditions that adhere to the Charter & Code.

May 7, 2019

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