The Silesian University was awarded the prestigious HR Excellence in Research award by the European Commission. For scientists, an organization with this certificate guarantees the quality of the working environment with European standards in employee care, as well as the openness and transparency of tenders. By meeting the strict conditions of the European Commission, the Silesian University has thus strengthened its attractiveness for cooperation with top scientists not only within the European Scientific and Research Area. The Silesian University is now awaiting the implementation of the approved two-year action plan, after which it will undergo further evaluation in two-year cycles. One of the most visible signs of the changes introduced will be the establishment of the position of university ombudsman. Its institute should be established at the Silesian University later this year.
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.

What's that going to bring us?

  • Increasing the prestige of the university and attractiveness for researchers (in the Czech Republic and abroad) 
  • International attractiveness
  • Connectivity with a pan-European network of researchers and organisations
  • 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 both the public and private sectors

Schedule

12/2019
signing up to the principles of the Charter and the Code
1/2020-2/2021
implementation of GAP analysis and preparation of the Action Plan
4/2021
submission of documents to the European Commission
2021
granting a temporary HR Award certificate from the European Commission
2021-2023
implementation of individual steps of the Action Plan

For more information, please contact:

Mgr. Martin Tichý – HR Award coordinator, martin.tichy@slu.cz, tel. + 420 553 684 854

Project team

doc. Mgr. Tomáš Gongol, Ph.D.
Project guarantor
tomas.gongol@slu.cz
doc. RNDr. Gabriel Török, Ph.D.
Project guarantorgabriel.torok@physics.slu.cz
Ing. Ivana Růžičková, MPA
Guarantor for strategies
ivana.ruzickova@slu.cz
Mgr. Sabina Březinová
Law specialist
sabina.brezinova@slu.cz
Mgr. Petr Rypl
Guarantor of personnel management
petr.rypl@slu.cz
Mgr. Martin Tichý
HR award coordinator
martin.tichy@slu.cz
Ing. Monika GrillmaierováFaculty of Public Policies coordinator
monika.grillmaierova@fvp.slu.cz
Mgr. Ing. Jaroslav Machovský
Faculty of Philosophy and Science coordinator
jaroslav.machovsky@fpf.slu.cz
Ing.  Lucie Bínová
School of Business Administration coordinator
binova@opf.slu.cz
doc. RNDr. Karel Hasík, Ph.D.
Mathematical Institute coordinator
karel.hasik@math.slu.cz
Bc. Iva Kajnarová, DiS.
Institute of Physics coordinator
iva.kajnarova@physics.slu.cz

Steering Committee HR Award

doc. Ing. Pavel Tuleja, Ph.D.
Rector

pavel.tuleja@slu.cz

Ing. Ivana Růžičková, MPA
Bursar
ivana.ruzickova@slu.cz
doc. RNDr. Gabriel Török, Ph.D.
Vice-rector for project management
gabriel.torok@physics.slu.cz
prof. RNDr. Miroslav Engliš, DrSc.
Vice-rector for research and foreing relationships
miroslav.englis@math.slu.cz
doc. Mgr. Tomáš Gongol, Ph.D.
Vice-rector for strategy and communication
tomas.gongol@slu.cz
Mgr. Martin Tichý
HR Award coordinator
martin.tichy@slu.cz

Working Group I HR Award

doc. Mgr. Tomáš Gongol, Ph.D.
Vice-rector for strategy and communication
tomas.gongol@slu.cz
Ing. Ivana Růžičková, MPA
Bursar
ivana.ruzickova@slu.cz
Mgr. Martin Tichý
HR Award coordinator

martin.tichy@slu.cz

Mgr. Petr Rypl
Department for strategies and analysis
petr.rypl@slu.cz
prof. Ing. Daniel Stavárek, Ph.D.
School of Business Administration dean
stavarek@opf.slu.cz
doc. Ing. Marian Lebiedzik, Ph.D.
School of Business Administration vice-dean
lebiedzik@opf.slu.cz
prof. PhDr. Rudolf Žáček, Dr.
Faculty of Public Policies dean
rudolf.zacek@fvp.slu.cz
Ing. Josef Vícha
Faculty of Public Policies secretary
josef.vicha@fvp.slu.cz
prof. PhDr. Irena Korbelářová, Dr.
Faculty of Philosophy and Science dean
irena.korbelarova@fpf.slu.cz
RNDr. Tomáš Gráf, Ph.D.
Faculty of Philosophy and Science vice-dean
tomas.graf@fpf.slu.cz
prof. RNDr. Miroslav Engliš, DrSc.
Vice-rector for research and foreing relationships
miroslav.englis@math.slu.cz
doc. RNDr. Karel Hasík, Ph.D.
Mathematical Institute
karel.hasik@math.slu.cz
prof. RNDr. Zdeněk Stuchlík, CSc.
Director of the Institute of Physics
zdenek.stuchlik@physics.slu.cz
doc. RNDr. Gabriel Török, Ph.D.
Vice-rector of project management
gabriel.torok@physics.slu.cz

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 https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/europe/career-development/training-researchers/research-profiles-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.