In the spring of 2020, work was done on planning a gap analysis based on the HRS4R principles. The work was coordinated by an internal working group (HR and AFSI) in collaboration with a steering group that includes the University Director, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for internationalization, the Dean, HR Director and AFSI Director.
On 26 May 2020, Vice-Chancellor Lars Niklasson signed a "Letter of Endorsement", which the University then sent to the European Commission. This means that the University undertakes to follow the statutes. We received a "Notification of Commitment" on 28 May 2020.
Six focus groups were set up during April 2020, consisting of active researchers at different experience levels from all departments as well as staff from HR and staff working with postgraduate education. In June 2020, the working group organized six workshops where issues regarding a number of principles (below) were discussed.
In the gap analysis, issues were analyzed based on 40 principles in four groups:
- Ethical and professional aspects
- Recruitment and Selection
- Working conditions
During the autumn of 2020, a gap analysis was produced and anchored with the researchers of the University through an on-line survey. In the spring of 2021, the gap analysis was completed and based on it, the internal working group and the steering group put together an action plan that was submitted for consultation and agreed with the University's management during the month of April. These two documents with accompanying text on the process and implementation and a checklist for open transparent and meritated recruitment have led to a complete application. The University of Skövde submitted the application on 12 May 2021.
Our application was approved on October 21, 2021 and we have received the HR Excellence in Research award from the European Commission and the right to use the "HR Excellence in Research" logo. The work of implementing measures based on the action plan will start at the beginning of 2022 and continue in the future. The work will be included as part of the regular development and quality work.
In October 2023, we will report to the European Commission on how our work has progressed.