HR Excellence

Developing a Sustainable and Attractive Research Environment

We at the University of Vaasa recognize that our strength and success almost exclusively depend on the work contribution of our staff. All our results are directly based on the input of our skilled and committed researchers and teachers and the experts working in the university support functions. Therefore, we focus on the well-being of our staff and developing the working environment.

For us, working with the HRS4R process has been very rewarding. The European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for their Recruitment is a solid foundation for organizational development and has helped us to identify our strengths as well as development areas. In addition to being an excellent tool for organizational development, the HRS4R development process will further enable us to create a working environment that is conducive to research, embraces diversity and supports the career development of all staff members.

HR Excellence in Research

Better working conditions for researches

The University of Vaasa has endorsed the common European recommendations and principles for HR practices aiming at better working conditions for researchers. This set of principles is set out in the EU Commission's recommendation: The European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

To align our practices with the European charter and code, we have implemented the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) programme. The HRS4R programme is a solid foundation for organisational development and has helped us identify our strengths as well as development areas. The process has been very rewarding. In addition to being an excellent tool for organisational development, the HRS4R development process will further enable us to create the best possible working environment for our staff. Therefore, we have chosen to call our HRS4R action plan Developing a Sustainable and Attractive Research Environment.

As recognition of aligning our policies and practices with the European charter and code and our commitment to implement fair and transparent recruitment and appraisal procedures, we were awarded the HR Excellence in Research logo.

The HRS4R process

The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers is carried out in five steps:

  1. Conducting an internal analysis to compare practices with the principles of the charter and code
  2. Developing and publishing an action plan to illustrate how the strategy is adopted.
  3. Acknowledgement by the European Commission: the right to use the HR Excellence in Research logo.
  4. Implementation of the human resources strategy and a progress report based on self-assessment. Publication of an updated action plan (at least every two years).
  5. External assessment of progress (at least every four years).

Action plans and internal reviews

Open and Transparent, Merit-based Recruitment (OTM-R)

Open, transparent and merit-based recruitment (OTM-R) is an important component of the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R). OTM-R ensures that the best person for the job is recruited, guarantees equal opportunities and access for all, facilitates developing an international portfolio (cooperation, competition, mobility) and makes research careers more attractive.

Using the OTM checklist as a self-assessment tool, we have assessed to which degree our current practices are OTM-compliant and identified where improvements could be made.