The HR Award, granted to European research organizations, is now
recognized as an international standard for quality principles in human
resource management and development in science and research. This
pan-European activity aims to introduce modern principles of strategic
human resource management into the scientific and research environment.
Institutions that wish to receive the HR Award must ensure that their employment processes comply with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.
The Silesian University has achieved this for the first time, with its
first application being successful. It has thus joined the ranks of ten
other Czech public universities that have been granted the right to use
the HR Award logo in addition to the certificate. Only one private
university in the Czech Republic currently has this certification.
"We worked very intensively to obtain the HR Award certification,"
says the Vice-Rector for Strategy and Communication of the Silesian
University in Opava Assoc. Prof. Mgr. Tomáš Gongol, Ph.D., who
collaborated on the project, and continues: “It was amazing to see
the joint involvement of most of our researchers who helped us in the
preparation process. There were more than three hundred of them, and I
would like to thank each and every one of them once again, and I believe
that the input of their voluntary work will soon be returned to all of
them in the form of an improved quality of working environment."
Silesian University must now complete the approved two-year action
plan, after which it will be evaluated in two-year cycles. The
appointment of a University Ombudsman will be one of the most visible
manifestations of the changes made. This institute is expected to be
introduced at the Silesian University later this year.
HR Excellence in Research Award certification was supported by the
European Union and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the
Czech Republic within the framework of the R&D Capacity Development
Project of the Silesian University in Opava No.
About the HR Excellence in Research Award
European Commission bestows the HR Excellence in Research Award on
research institutions that implement the HRS4R - Human Resources
Strategy for Researchers. The implementation of the principles of the
European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the
Recruitment of Researchers strengthens institutions' credibility in HR
practices and makes them a more appealing choice for establishing
collaboration with other researchers. The certification includes, for
example, the requirements of a recruitment policy, such as recruitment
considerations, mobility awards, or transparent career development
criteria. At regular intervals, the certificate's validity is
The HR Excellence in Research Award is now held by
617 organizations around the world. Spain has the most entities working
with certification principles (142), followed by the United Kingdom
(100), and Poland (93). Currently, there are 42 certifications
registered within the Czech Republic, including numerous faculties that
applied for certifications independently.
List of organisations that have already received the HR Award certificate.