The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) is a set of initiatives aimed at the implementation of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for Recruitment, grouping the EU principles that rule the rights and duties of research institutions/universities and researchers at all stages of their career.
The main purpose of the strategy is to improve labour condition for researchers working at Ca’ Foscari, as well as the university attractiveness for talents.
The European Charter for Researchers and The Code of Conduct for Recruitment are a set of general principles and requirements which specify the roles, responsibilities and entitlements of researchers, as well as of employers and/or funders of researchers. They also outline principles and requirements that should be followed by employers and/or funders when appointing or recruiting researchers:
Respect of Ethical principles
Professional and financial responsibility
Commitment to the dissemination, exploitation of results
Continuing Professional Development
Recognition of the profession of all researchers
Certainty of a stimulating research environment, flexibile working conditions, stability and permanence of employment, fair and attractive funding and salaries
Ca' Foscari and the European Charter for Researchers
The objectives of the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers are to:
improve working conditions for researchers, with a focus on young researchers
increase the ability to attract young foreign researchers
increase international visibility
The steps for certification
The certification process is developed in 5 steps:
Internal analysis: The University carries out an internal analysis (i.e. Gap Analysis) according to a standard template grouping all the 40 Charter & Code principles in 4 areas ('Ethical and professional aspects', 'Recruitment', 'Working conditions & social security' and 'Training'). The internal analysis is carried out by administering to professors, researchers, research fellows, graduate students and technical staff of Ca ' Foscari a questionnaire aimed at assessing the level of "agreement" with each of the statements, which are designed to identify strengths and weaknesses of the University policies with respect to the principles of the Charter.
Action plan: it is based on what has emerged from the university internal analysis, and defines its Human Resources Strategy indicating the concrete and detailed actions to conform to the principles of the Charter and Code. The action plan is published on the website.
Recognition: the European Commission, after having received and assessed the proposed Action Plan, Grants to the University the Acknowledgement, which will allow for the use of the "HR Excellence in Research" logo.
Internal evaluation: after two years, the University will make an internal evaluation, in order to check the implementation of the Action plan.
External evaluation: every three years the European Commission will draft a report on the improvements performed to reach the objectives defined in the Action plan.