In December 2019, the Silesian University signed up to the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. It started the process of obtaining the HR Award, a prestigious award awarded by the European Commission for excellence in the care of human resources in the scientific environment. The Charter and the Code are a set of general principles and requirements specifying the responsibilities and rights of researchers and their employers. Relationships between researchers and employers are to contribute to success in the development, transfer, sharing and dissemination of knowledge and technological development and in the development of researchers' careers. The aim of the whole process is to implement the principles enshrined in the Charter and the Code, which form the basis of the HRS4R
Strategy – "Human Resources Management Strategy in the Field of Science".
What is the HR Award?
Obtaining and maintaining HR Award certification is key to increasing the prestige of the entire university and attractiveness for researchers in the Czech Republic and abroad. The introduction of the standard will improve the quality of human resources care, create conditions for a more attractive R&D career, guarantee a transparent selection procedure for the recruitment of new researchers and allow a more advantageous position in obtaining financial subsidies to support research from domestic and foreign grants.
How's this going to go?
In 2020, the implementation team of the Silesian University focused on preparing the necessary documents for obtaining the certificate. In the first 12 months of the process, the differences between the current situation and the 40 principles of the Charter and the Code were analysed and identified. In the R1-R4 target groups survey of respondents, we received valuable feedback on the preparation of the next steps thanks to a representative return of 74.2%. The parallel analysis of internal documents focused on the following topics: freedom and ethics of research, ethical principles of research activities, dissemination and exploitation of results, recruitment process, discrimination in the workplace, working conditions, development in the workplace. The aim of these partial steps was to create GAP analysis, OTM-R checklist and Action Plan, which will be implemented over the next 24 months.