HR Excellence in Research

logo_hr_2017In September 2018, the European Commission awarded us the "HR Excellence in Research" seal.

One of the most important challenges in 2017 was to start the process of obtaining the "HR Excellence in Research" seal. This seal, provided by the European Commission, identifies the institutions and organism that promote a stimulating working environment and favourable working conditions, with a commitment to continuous improvement of HR strategies, in accordance with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

The European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers are a set of principles and requirements that specify the role, responsibilities and rights of researchers, their employers and/or funding institutions.

The seal is achieved by applying the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R), which consists of the different phases:

Initial Phase I (January 2017)

  • Letter of Adherence: Adherence to the Charter & Code and notification of commitment.

Implementation Phase II (March-June 2017)

  • Gap Analysis: Identifies gaps in current practices and/or policies.
  • Action Plan: lists the actions to be taken to successfully overcome the gaps identified in the GAP Analysis (updated May 2018).

Initial Evaluation by the European Commission III Phase (September 2018)

Interim Evaluation Phase IV (2 years)

Recognition renewal Phase V  (5 years after obtaining the seal)

Continuous improvement phase VI

HRS4R Strategy for the Fundació Sant Joan de Déu

Human Resources Strategy for Researchers

The HRS4R strategy is a tool launched by the European Commission to support universities, research institutions and organizations that fund research in the application of The European Charter for Researchers and The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, which aim to contribute to the development of a European labor market attractive for researchers.

The charter and the code of conduct are recommendations made by the Commission to Member States, which are invited to apply them voluntarily:

  • European Charter for Researchers: The European Charter for Researchers is a set of general principles and requirements defining the roles, responsibilities and rights of researchers, entrepreneurs and funders.
  • Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers: The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, which does not differ much from the standard rules on hiring, stresses the importance of open and transparent procurement procedures, and also of diverse and experienced selection teams.

The quality seal awarded by the European Commission "HR Excellence in Research" identifies universities and institutions that generate and support the existence of a stimulating and encouraging research environment.