Better HR for researchers with Charter & Code
All academic staff at UiB have received or will soon receive a survey in their inbox. The survey is part of the EU certification program Charter & Code, which will set a European standard for researchers' working conditions.
“The survey will help us evaluate our practices in recruitment, working conditions, research training and career development,” HR Director Sonja Dyrkorn says. The result is part of a larger analysis through which we compare our national legislation and internal practices with the 40 principles.
“The responses to the survey will give UiB valuable input for the development of our human resource policy. It is a matter of both the framework and factors relating to the individual, but also has a view to career development and what is important in various stages in one’s career and in different phases of life. "In addition, we need input on how we can facilitate internationalization," she says.
Three working groups comprising researchers will also use the background material to prepare the groundwork for an action plan in spring 2018. The plan will ensure that UiB meets the criteria of the Charter and Code.
"Key elements of the action plan will be recruitment to and career development for all types of research positions, from PhD up to professor positions," Dyrkorn stresses.
The EU has adopted 40 general principles concerning the roles, responsibilities and rights of researchers and their employers. These relate to researchers' working conditions and career opportunities. "The Charter and Code will help develop the European research area, and they target researchers at every level of their careers, irrespective of their work and the contractual terms of their employment," says Dyrkorn.
Several Norwegian educational institutions have endorsed the principles and have implemented them in accordance with EU procedures; the University of Bergen has now started this process.
If the EU approves the analysis and action plan, the European Commission provides us with the opportunity to use the “HR Excellence in Research” logo. Signals have been given that this status is important with a view to obtaining funding as of the upcoming framework programme.