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European Charter for Researchers & Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers

The European Commission adopted the European Researchers' Charter and the Code of Conduct for Researcher Recruitment , drafting two documents aimed at researchers as well as employers and providers of public and private sector funding. Both documents have become key elements of European Union policy, making research an attractive career and stimulating economic growth and employment in Europe.

Specifically, the European Charter for Researchers outlines the functions, responsibilities and rights of investigators and their employers. The aim is to ensure that the relation between these parties contributes to successful performance in the generation, transfer and shared use of knowledge, as well as the professional development of researchers from the early stages.

Moreover, the Code of Conduct for the hiring of researchers was drawn up to improve enrolment, so that selection procedures are fair and transparent. The researcher's merit should be measured not only by the number of publications, but also by a wider range of evaluation criteria such as education and teaching, supervision, teamwork, knowledge transfer, management and public awareness-raising activities.

To help accommodate the research institutions to the Charter and Code principles, the Commission set out a procedure through which those institutions interested in including them, could design their own Human Resources (HR) Strategy.

HR Strategy in BC3

BC3 endorsed the European Charter for Researchers and The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (C&C) principles in November 2013 and in April 2015 was recognized with the "HR Excellence in research" award. Since November 2013, BC3 has been working on its European Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) approach.

HRS4R is a mechanism to support the implementation of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (C&C).
This procedure consists of five steps:

1.  Preparation of a rigorous Internal Analysis.

2.  Publication of the Institution Strategy in the corporate website to maintain and improve the Charter and Code.

3.  Evaluation and approval of the Strategy by the Commission.

4.  Application and continuous self-assessment of the process by the institution.

5.  And finally, have the Strategy and its deployment evaluate externally by the Commission every four years after initiating the process.

The initiative of defining and deploying this Strategy is carried out in collaboration with the Commission and other institutions and members of the pilot group, including the other institutions that already have this acknowledgement and those in the process of obtaining it, which constitutes the best forum for exchanging and sharing best practices.

The first step of the procedure proposed within this framework is the preparation of a rigorous Internal Analysis. As starting point, in November 2013, BC3 decided to commit with the Internal Analysis process of the "HR Strategy for Researchers" (HRS4R) fostered by the European Commission. Following, BC3 published the Strategy of BC3 implemented in this Internal Analysis and Action Plan (2015).

After undergoing the evaluation process, the European Commission approved the Strategy proposed and in April 2015 was recognized with the "HR Excellence in research" award.

In early 2017 BC3 underwent the self assessment process for reviewing and improving the previous Action Plan, and actually continues working on the principles and maintains its commitment with the Charter and Code and the HRS4R, as part or the Centre’s Strategy for the upcoming years. Recently BC3 started a new Strategy period of four years (2018 – 2021) and the New Action Plan (2017) is included in this challenge.

As member of the 6th cohort of organisations involved in the development of HRS4R, BC3 has analysed, assessed and integrated the recommendations and principles of OTM-R into the internal recruitment policies. The result is the BC3´s Otm-r Policy dated in November 2017; firstly reviewed on October 2018 2nd edition of OTM-R Policy (October 2018) and secondly, on February 2019 3rd edition of OTM-R Policy.


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