In August 2021, the Silesian University was awarded the prestigious HR Excellence in Research Award. This guarantees scientists and academics high quality of the working environment with European standards in employee care, as well as the openness and transparency in recruitment. By fulfilling the strict conditions of the European Commission, the Silesian University has strengthened its attractiveness for cooperation with top scientists not only within the European Research Area.
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The award was given on the basis of the submitted GAP analysis and an action plan for the adjustment of personnel policy, which is in line with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. The Silesian University succeeded in submitting the first application. It thus joined the ranks of another ten Czech public universities with the right to use the HR Award logo. Only one private university in Czechia can use the logo as well.

Our researchers were intensively involved in the creation of the GAP analysis and the action plan in the form of a questionnaire survey or structured interviews. Based on the findings, the HR Award Steering Committee then proposed changes to the university's personnel policy. All proposals were assessed and commented on by HR Award working groups, which consisted of scientists of all levels (R1-R4). Our scientific and academic staff are therefore involved in all steps of personnel policy reevaluation.

As part of the HR Award approval process European Commission made several recommendations on further improvement of our personnel policy change. The recommendations were issued in the form of the so-called Consensus Report (link to the document). The Steering Committee decided to implement the European Commission's recommendations directly into the action plan. However, changes to the action plan will again be discussed and approved by working groups representing university researchers.

The revised action plan is going to be gradually implemented. As a result the university will soon have:

  • An innovated code of ethics;
  • The role of University Ombudsman;
  • Updated rules of recruitment;
  • OTM-R policies (Open, Transparent and Merit-based recruitment);
  • Welcome package for new employees;
  • Updated career rules;
  • Updated wage regulations;
  • Strategies for popularizing the results of creative activities;
  • Communication strategies, etc.

The long-term sustainability of the action plan will be ensured by the implementation of the University's Strategic Plan for the period from 2021. The measures in the action plan will be further developed by the Strategic Plan, in particular through Part E, which declares the university's measures in the area of personal and career development of employees. It is also necessary to add that the fulfillment of the strategic plan is regularly assessed in the framework of annual evaluations.

Schedule for the implementation of the action plan

  • 24 August 2021 – Consensus Report assessment by the Steering Committee with recommendations for amendments to the action plan;

What it will bring us?

  • Increasing the prestige of the university and attractiveness for researchers (inCzechia and abroad);
  • International attractiveness;
  • Connectivity with a pan-European network of researchers and organizations;
  • A more advantageous position in obtaining financial subsidies to support research from domestic and foreign grants ;
  • Improving the quality of human resources care;
  • Development of professional growth of researchers;
  • Creating the conditions for a more attractive career in research and development at the University;
  • Guaranteeing a transparent selection procedure for the recruitment of new researchers;
  • Appreciation of mobility experiences in the public and private sector.

For more information, please contact:

Mgr. Martin Tichý – HR Award coordinator,, tel. + 420 553 684 854

Project team

doc. Mgr. Tomáš Gongol, Ph.D.
Project guarantor
doc. RNDr. Gabriel Török, Ph.D.
Ing. Ivana Růžičková, MPA
Guarantor for strategies
Mgr. Sabina Březinová
Law specialist
Mgr. Petr Rypl
Guarantor of personnel management
Mgr. Martin Tichý
HR award coordinator
Ing. Monika GrillmaierováFaculty of Public Policies coordinator
Mgr. Ing. Jaroslav Machovský
Faculty of Philosophy and Science coordinator
Ing.  Lucie Bínová
School of Business Administration coordinator
doc. RNDr. Karel Hasík, Ph.D.
Mathematical Institute coordinator
Bc. Iva Kajnarová, DiS.
Institute of Physics coordinator

Steering Committee HR Award

doc. Ing. Pavel Tuleja, Ph.D.

Ing. Ivana Růžičková, MPA
doc. RNDr. Gabriel Török, Ph.D.
Vice-rector for project management
prof. RNDr. Miroslav Engliš, DrSc.
Vice-rector for research and foreing relationships
doc. Mgr. Tomáš Gongol, Ph.D.
Vice-rector for strategy and communication
Mgr. Martin Tichý
HR Award coordinator

Working Group I HR Award

doc. Mgr. Tomáš Gongol, Ph.D.
Vice-rector for strategy and communication
Ing. Ivana Růžičková, MPA
Mgr. Martin Tichý
HR Award coordinator

Mgr. Petr Rypl
Department for strategies and analysis
prof. Ing. Daniel Stavárek, Ph.D.
School of Business Administration dean
doc. Ing. Marian Lebiedzik, Ph.D.
School of Business Administration vice-dean
prof. PhDr. Rudolf Žáček, Dr.
Faculty of Public Policies dean
Ing. Josef Vícha
Faculty of Public Policies secretary
prof. PhDr. Irena Korbelářová, Dr.
Faculty of Philosophy and Science dean
RNDr. Tomáš Gráf, Ph.D.
Faculty of Philosophy and Science vice-dean
prof. RNDr. Miroslav Engliš, DrSc.
Vice-rector for research and foreing relationships
doc. RNDr. Karel Hasík, Ph.D.
Mathematical Institute
prof. RNDr. Zdeněk Stuchlík, CSc.
Director of the Institute of Physics
doc. RNDr. Gabriel Török, Ph.D.
Vice-rector of project management

Working Group II HR Award

Following the implementation of the questionnaire survey, the topics of the focus working groups composed of members of Working Group I and supplemented by a representative community of researchers of category R1-R4 were defined. A description of R1-R4 researchers' levels can be found descriptors.

The process of receiving the HR Excellence in Research Award at the Silesian University in Opava is financially supported by the European Union through the Operational Programme Research, Development and Education: CZ.02.2.69/0.0/0.0/18_054/0014696 Development of R&D capacities of the Silesian University in Opava.