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European human resources strategy for researchers

HRS4REuropean human resources strategy for researchers

Le Mans University has initiated the process for obtaining HRS4R certification.

Recruitment and working conditions of researchers:
a process of continuous improvement certified by a label for enhanced attractiveness

The HRS4R is a tool for implementing the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

See the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

See the action plan proposed by Le Mans University, and the glossary.

In the context of the European Research Area (ERA) the European Union wanted to improve the recruitment and working conditions of researchers and to ensure attractive research careers throughout Europe. In 2005 the European Commission drew up a European Charter for Researchers and a Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, two texts which define the roles, responsibilities and rights of researchers as well as those of their employers.

The “HR Excellence in Research” accreditation, created in 2009 by the European Commission, recognises institutions which are signatories to the Charter and the Code and which take steps to improve their attractiveness as employers for researchers around the world, and is a determining factor in obtaining research funding from the European Union.

Issues for the institution:

  • Benefit from European and international visibility;
  • Strengthen our attractiveness in terms of recruitment (HR label on Euraxess advertisements, coverage in high-impact magazines, etc.);
  • Develop our HR policy towards an approach that is researcher-centred (professional rights, open and transparent recruitment, recognition of mobility, etc.);
  • Position ourselves as a stimulating and favourable working environment for researchers (EURAXESS network)
  • Use an approach based around dialogue and continuous improvement;
  • Comply with article 32 H2020 while progressing our own strategic objectives.

Issues in relation to researchers:

  • Recognition of the rights of the researcher as a professional;
  • Recognition of the transparency of recruitment;
  • Clear vision of the rights and responsibilities of the researcher;
  • Support for career development;
  • Recognition of mobility (geographic, inter-sectoral) and appreciation of experience;
  • Development of training.

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