Europe to become the world's most competitive knowledge-based economy
In March 2005, the European Commission issued a recommendation on the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, commonly known as the Charter & Code. The purpose of the Charter & Code is to help create the world's most competitive knowledge-based economy through attractive research conditions, such as increased mobility, reduced discrimination, improved access to and exchange of knowledge as well as continuous quality improvement at the European universities.
Work with HRS4R at the University of Skövde is led by the HR Office and the Department for Research, Innovation and External Relations (AFSI). It is followed-up by a steering group consisting of the Head of University Administration, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, HR Office Director and AFSI Director.
Impact of the Charter & Code
The Charter & Code are aimed at researchers at all stages of their careers, and cover all areas of research in both the public and private sectors. The Charter & Code consist of general principles and requirements that define the roles, responsibilities and rights of researchers and employers. The idea is that the principles should serve as a framework for the work of researchers and employers.
By adopting the Charter & Code, employers demonstrate their intention to act responsibly and professionally towards their employees. They undertake the promotion of equal treatment and transparency in their recruitment processes, and ensure fair conditions for researchers, with the intention of contributing to the development of the European Research Area. The aim is to be an attractive workplace for researchers seeking a new employer or host for their research projects.
Certification for employers
The ‘HR Strategy for Researchers’ supports research institutions and funding organisations in the implementation of the Charter & Code in their policies and practices.
The implementation of the Charter & Code principles by research institutions render them more attractive to researchers looking for a new employer or for a host for their research project.
The European Commission recognises with the 'HR Excellence in Research Award' the institutions which make progress in aligning their human resources policies to the 40 principles of the Charter & Code, based on a customised action plan/HR strategy.