The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) is the mechanism through which the European Commission (EC) seeks to ensure that concrete steps are put in place by institutions to enhance working conditions for researchers across Europe as set out in the European Charter and Code.
The ‘HR Strategy for Researchers’ supports research institutions and funding organisations in the implementation of the Charter & Code in their policies and practices. The strategy encompasses a 5 step implementation process for gaining EC recognition for commitment to implementation of the European Charter and Code principles: the HR Excellence Award.
The implementation of the Charter & Code by research institutions aims at rendering them more attractive to researchers looking for a new employer or for a host for their research project.
The HR Excellence Award is given to institutions that demonstrate that they are adapting their policies and practices to the standard of the Charter and Code in order to create a stimulating and research-friendly working environment.
The UCM is committed to improving its Human Resources policies in accordance with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. For this reason, in May 2017, a Gap Analysis was carried out and an Action Plan was drawn up with the aim of aligning the policies and practices of the UCM with the principles of the Charter and Code. Finally, in August 2018, the UCM won the Award for Excellence in HR in Research.