In the spring of 2020, work continued 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 28 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
A gap analysis has been produced and aligned with researchers at the University through an on-line survey during autumn 2020. Based on the gap analysis, the internal working group and the steering group are currently drawing up an action plan. Together, they will lead to an application that will be submitted at the end of April 2021. Our application will be evaluated and after the evaluation and possible adjustments, we will receive the HRS4R award 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 into the future. The work will be integrated into the regular development and quality work.