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HR Excellence in Research

Published on March 20, 2019 Updated on March 22, 2019

On March 4, 2019, the Université Clermont Auvergne (UCA) received from the European Commission, the "HR Excellence in Research" award for its European Strategy for Human Resources for Researchers, also called HRS4R (Human Resources Strategy for Researchers).

The UCA becomes the 18th institution (along with 3 EPST, Institut Curie, 4 Schools and 9 Universities ...) to obtain this certification which rewards its policy of recruitment and career management of researchers and teaching-researchers. 

Obtaining this certification confirms the recognition of UCA's action plan in HR strategy for research submitted in December 2018 to the European Commission and constitutes a major asset for :
  • the attractiveness of our university within the European Research Area;
  • expanded recruitment through the free publication of job offers on the Euraxess website, relayed on the Nature et Science sites;
  • securing Horizon 2020 funding and facilitating the allocation of European grants;
  • the homogenisation of best practices within the establishment;
  • the "CAP 20-25" evaluation.

This HRS4R strategy is based on the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers adopted by the European Commission on March 11, 2005.

The European Charter for Researchers represents a set of general principles and requirements that relate to the role, responsibilities and duties of researchers and their employers or funding bodies.

The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers is a set of principles and requirements aimed at improving recruitment, with fairer and more transparent selection procedures, and it also offers a variety of methods with which to assess their merit.

The principles of the Charter and the Code of Conduct include 40 points whose priority areas are:
  • research ethics and professional responsibility;
  • recruitment ;
  • working conditions ;
  • non-discrimination;
  • training and professional development.
For each of these areas, objectives related to the principles of the Charter and the Code have been set. Their concrete implementation is ensured by a multiannual action plan covering the period 2019 - 2023. Self-assessment will be carried out by March 2021.
The steering committee, which includes political representatives, operational directorates and the research community, set up in February 2017, has helped build our action plan and ensure its implementation.