Implementing the Charter & code at Hedmark University of Applied Sciences

In 2005, the European Commission recommended the member states to apply the principles stated in the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers as a guide on drawing up strategies and schemes for researchers.

In the spring of 2016, Hedmark University of Applied Sciences (HUAS) signed the Charter & Code. By endorsing the Charter & Code, Hedmark University of Applied Sciences will ensure ongoing internal quality development in our research work, and contribute to ensuring an open European employment market for researchers, in which the University's own researchers can also become more closely involved. 

Process at HUAS

In 2008, the European Commission developed a methodology for how institutions in the European education and research sector can document that they adequately fulfil the principles in the Charter & Code, so that they can be approved as having implemented the Charter & Code.

The methodology entails:

a) an internal gap analysis in which the institution assesses how to fulfil each of the 40 items in total stated in the Charter & Code;
b) a personnel policy action plan/HR strategy for researchers aimed at improving/rectifying deficiencies found in the gap analysis, which is published on the University's websites;
c) an assessment from the European Commission on whether the institution can be said to fulfil the requirements, with a possible confirmation from the Commission that the institution has initiated an HR strategy for researchers which includes the principles from the Charter & Code;
d) a self-evaluation at least every two years, published on the websites; and
e) an external evaluation according to specific principles at least every four years. 

A working group has performed an initial analysis of how HUAS fulfils the 40 items of the Charter & Code. On the basis of the gap analysis, the group also drew up a first draft of a personnel policy action plan/HR strategy for facilitating researchers at HUAS.

The working group's work was then sent to the University's academic environments for consultation. The work was presented at management meetings at all departments, and followed up in each department by the prodeans for research. In the largest departments, the proposed action plan was considered at department meetings, and after the consultation process the feedback on the proposal was considered by the working group and taken into account in the final action plan/HR strategy for researchers at the University.

On 25.5. 2016, the group's final proposal was considered by the University's R&D committee; and on 15.06. 2016, the adopted HR strategy for researchers was sent to the departments and other parties with follow-up responsibility, and published on the University's websites. 

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