By implementing the Charter, UTU aims at consolidating the attraction of UTU as a stimulating working enviroment for researchers, and aligns its strategic goals with the transnational initiave of the European Commission to enhance the quality of research and innovation in Europe. Together with the logo, UTU publishes its Action Plan for the years 2013-2015.
In Feb 2016 UTU completed the Self-Assessment process of the HRS4R project. The methods and results of the process are desribed in the attached report:
Background and Previous Phases in the Process
The European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Charter & Code) provide recommendations and good practice guidelines for the employment and recruitment of researchers. The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) project is designed by the European Commission to facilitate the implementation of the Charter & Code. As a token of made progress and commitment to continuous development, the European Commission awards the HR Excellence in Research logo.
In 2012, the University of Turku joined the 3rd cohort of the project, as one of the first 4 universities from Finland. In June 2013, the European Commission acknowledged the UTU implementation process and Action Plan, and gave UTU the right to use the HR Excellence in Research logo.
During the first phace of the process (Gap Analysis) UTU evaluated its operations, policies and procedures against the Charter & Code principles. Information on strenghts and shortcomings and suggestions for improvements were collected through several channels from researchers at all career stages, irrespective of their employment situation, as well as from other personnel involved in or supporting research activities. The participative process with the various channels is depicted in the chart below.
UTU Action Plan for 2013-2015
Although most of the recommendations of the Charter & Code were already to a large extent implemented in the Finnish legislation and in the guidelines and processes of UTU, further advancement of these principles was also fully in line with the strategic goals and on-going development plans of the university.
The Action Plan 2013-2015 describes the implementation process in general, the specific way the process was carried out at UTU and summarises the main areas and goals for improvement identified with the process. The concrete actions UTU was committed to take, the units responsible for the actionsand a time frame for carrying them out are presented in an appended table.