Appreciation and Support for Researchers

In June 2013, the European Commission awarded the University of Turku the right to use the HR Excellence in Research logo. The logo is a token of the university's commitment to continuous development of the position and working conditions of researchers along the guidelines set forth in the European Charter for Researchers.

HR excellence logo

Continuous Development and Assessment

By implementing the Charter, we aim at consolidating the attraction of the University as a stimulating working environment for researchers, and align our strategic goals with the transnational initiative of the European Commission to enhance the quality of research and innovation in Europe. 

In Spring 2019, the University applied for the renewal of its right to use the HR Excellence in Research logo and published its Action Plan for the years 2019-2021. An external Site Visit connected to the renewal application assessment took place in 8 November 2019. The Consensus Report of the external assessors was on the whole positive. The minor modifications requested were submitted on 20 Feb 2020. The final outcome of the assessment is expected in Summer 2020.

Charter & Code

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. At the University of Turku the project is titled Appreciation and Support for Researchers. 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. The first Self-Assessment report and a revised Action Plan was published in 2016, and the following in 2019.

Read the Action Plan and OTM-R Policy:

Revised Action Plan for 2020-2022 (modified in Feb 2020)

> Action Plan 2019–2021

OTM-R Policy