HR Excellence in Research
In November 2019, Södertörn University was recognized by the European Commission for its commitment to maintain good working conditions and develop further career support for researchers by complying with The European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers ('Charter & Code').
Södertörn University has been recognized by the European Commission for its human resources excellence in research and is acknowledged for the continuous commitment and effort to foster good working conditions and development for researchers at Södertörn University.
This qualification for HR excellence is based on Södertörn University's work in the process defined by the "Human Resource Strategy for Researchers"; a quality assurance tool that helps employers and funders implement the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers in their institutions.
The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) is a tool that helps research institutions and funding organizations on a voluntary basis comply with the Charter & Code by way of an internal self-assessment. It is not a prerequisite for participating in the EU Research Framework Programme, but the acknowledgement of the university and the award of the logo is linked to the compliance of article 32 of the H2020 contracts, providing the obligation to take measures to implement the European Charter and Code for the benefit of all researchers and their institutions.
The background for the HRS4R-process is the EURAXESS-strategy and the award "HR Excellence in Research" identifies the institutions and organisations as providers and supporters of a stimulating and favourable working environment. The European Commission launched in 2005 "The European Charter for Researchers" and a "Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers" as part of the establishment of a common European Research Area (ERA), to support a strong European research area and to contribute to the international and intersectoral mobility of researchers. The initiative is part of the efforts to establish a functioning and open European Research Area, under the Lisbon process to create jobs and growth in Europe.
The Charter and Code contain 40 principles with recommendations concerning the responsibilities and obligations of researchers and their employers in relation to four main areas:
1. Ethical and professional conditions
2. Recruitment and selection
3. Working conditions
4. Research training and career development
The principles specify the roles, responsibilities and entitlements of researcher. They intend to ensure that employers succeed in generating, transferring, sharing and disseminating knowledge and developing technology, as well as ensuring career development and mobility for researchers.
Being a university with a strong focus on internationalisation and engagement with society, Södertörn University wanted to join the "Charter & Code" and show that we work actively to create attractive jobs for researchers nationally and internationally.
Below you can find the Internal Gap Analysis, describing our current praxis and identifying potential fields of improvement, in accordance with the 40 principles of the Charter & Code. The principles are to a large degree implemented as practice, and the fields for improvement identified the Faculty and the University Administration are already working on as part of the general organisational development and general improvements of practice in research and HR policies.
Further information about HRS4R can be found on the Euraxess website.