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The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) emerges with the aim of making the research career more attractive for researchers and intends to give them the same rights and obligations in any European Union Member State, independently of the country they live in. The HRS4R is based in the principles stablished through the European Charter for Researchers, the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers and the Open, Transparent and Merit-based Recruitment policy recommended by the European Commission.

In 2005, the European Commission published the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. The Charter contains a number of recommendations relating to the rights and responsibilities of researchers, as well as to those of their employers and/or funders.

The European Commission offers support to research institutions in the development and application of the Charter and the Code through a project entitled HR Strategy for Researchers. Institutes that are able to demonstrate that they follow HR policies that seek to conform to the Charter receive the ‘HR Excellence in Research Award’.

The aim of the Charter and Code for Researchers is to ensure that the nature of the relationship between researchers and employers is conducive to successful research performance and to the career development of researchers. This is an evolving process that enables HR to place the principles of the European Charter and Code at the core of its policies for research staff. It’s a voluntary process that University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has committed to wholeheartedly. It is not a requirement for participation in EU funded programmes yet - but when you consider that every University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Principal Investigator signs up to its principles when a Horizon 2020 grant is awarded then you can understand how important this award is and how seriously the European Commission considers it.

In 2020, the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria started to work to gain the HR Excellence in Research Award.

An internal researcher staff survey at all grades and levels including research support officers – focusing on training and development, knowledge of the charter and code for researchers, working conditions etc. Based on the input a gap analysis was made. Therefore, an action plan has been developed, framing and categorizing existing initiatives properly.

The University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is determined to continue along the path it has undertaken. We fully care for qualitative researchers’ careers and we devote ourselves to selecting the best person for every job by incorporating the Open, Transparent and Merit-based recruitment practices into our institutional policy processes.

More than 535 organisations, 120 of them Spanish have received the HR Excellence in Research award.

Declaration of Commitment by the ULPGC to the Charter and Code C&C
ULPGC Gap Analysis and Action Plan
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