Republic of Poland

European Charter for Researchers

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Dominika Mańkowska
Pre-Award Project Office

+48 71 320 52 66
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Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences has applied for Human Resources Excellence in Research logo.

WUELS' aim is to boost innovation and competitiveness by creating atmosphere that stimulates scientific research. It is one of our priorities to ensure that researchers benefit from stable employment on every stage of their careers and that their work environment is both friendly and ethical.

Since January 2012 Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences has recruited researchers via Euraxess portal. As a natural consequence of its employment policy, the University will sign a declaration of support for the principles and recommendations adopted in the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

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The European Charter for Researchers

is a set of general principles and requirements which specifies the roles, responsibilities and entitlements of researchers as well as of employers and/or funders of researchers. The aim of the Charter is to ensure that the nature of the relationship between researchers and employers or funders is conducive to successful performance in generating, transferring, sharing and disseminating knowledge and technological development, and to the career development of researchers. The Charter also recognizes the value of all forms of mobility as a means for enhancing the professional development of researchers.

The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers

consists of a set of general principles and requirements that should be followed by employers and/or funders when appointing or recruiting researchers. These principles and requirements should ensure observance of values such as transparency of the recruitment process and equal treatment of all applicants, in particular with regard to the development of an attractive, open and sustainable European labour market for researchers, and are complementary to those outlined in the European Charter for Researchers.


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Implementation of the Charter and the Code's principles is based on Article 32 of Grant Agreement, entitled 'Recruitment and working conditions for researchers'. It imposes an obligation on all beneficiaries of Horizon 2020 projects to take measures to implement the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

ARTICLE 32 — RECRUITMENT AND WORKING CONDITIONS FOR RESEARCHERS.
32.1 Obligation to take measures to implement the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. The beneficiary must take all measures to implement the principles set out in the Commission Recommendation on the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers 41, in particular regarding:
- working conditions;
- transparent recruitment processes based on merit, and
- career development.
The beneficiary must ensure that researchers and third parties involved in the action are aware of them. 32.2 Consequences of non-compliance.
If the beneficiary breaches its obligations under this Article, the [Commission][Agency] may apply any of the measures described in Chapter 6. 41 Commission Recommendation (EC) No 251/2005 of 11 March 2005 on the European Charter for Researchers and on a Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (OJ L 75, 22.03.2005, p. 67).

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University will benefit from HR Excellence in Research logo in numerous ways:
  • promotion of research unit in international grant competitions organised by European Comission within The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020,
  • promotion of research unit in national grant competitions organised by National Science Centre and The National Centre for Research and Development,
  • promotion of research unit in competitions and research funding programmes of Ministry of Science and Higher Education,
  • Committee for Evaluation of Scientific Units will grant additional points for 2017 (in connection with clause 16 of the survey – Information on research unit's other major achievements in the covered period),
  • prestige and recognition of the University as an institution that provides its researchers the best work environment for both research and research and developlment (R+D), according to European standards,
  • major increase in attractiveness with regard to employment with the University that provides friendly work environment and transparent recruitment proceedings.

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Committee for Implementation of The European Charter for Researchers and The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (appointed by HM Rector's Disposition 104/2016 dated 26th September 2016):
  • prof. Jarosław Bosy – Chairman of the Committee,
  • prof. Anna Chełmońska-Soyta – Deputy Chairman of the Committee,
  • Dominika Mańkowska, MSc – Coordinator of the Committee
  • Krzysztof Kafarski, MSc - Deputy Coordinator of the Committee
  • Anna Marzycka, MSc – Secretary of the Committee
  • other employees responsible for documentation regarding organizational, legal and informational issues, including HR Strategy and operational planning.

IMPLEMENTATION SCHEDULE

SURVEY CHARACTERISTIC


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19 September 2016 - HM Rector Tadeusz Trziszka signs a declaration of support for the principles and recommendations adopted in the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.
- An article regarding the European Charter for Researchers and its implementation is published in "Głos Uczelni".

20 September 2016 - declaration of support for the principles and recommendations adopted in the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers is sent to European Commission.
- European Commission confirms it has received the declaration and informs WUELS that action was initiated to include WUELS in the list of research units supporting the principles of Charter and Code of Conduct.

26 September 2016 - First meeting of the Committee for Implementation. Group of experts draws up an initial schedule for implementation of principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct in the process of recruitment of researchers.

27 September 2016 - HM Rector Tadeusz Trziszka signs Disposition 104/2016. A goal is set for the Committee for Implementation – to implement principles and requirements defined in the Charter and Code of Conduct according to the guidelines of the European Commission.

since 28 September 2016 -working group meets on regular basis to produce relevant application to the European Commission.

29 September 2016 - posters are put up in seats of faculties and main building of WUELS.

since 29 September 2016 - working group holds information meetings with researchers and PhD students.

3 October 2016 - anonymous questionnaire is sent to academics and PhD students according to regulations and recommendations of the Charter and Code of Conduct for the recruitment of researchers.

3-4 October 2016 - mailing campaign addressed to the university authorities, researchers, didactic employees and PhD students encouraging to fill in the questionnaire.

10 October 2016 - carrying out of mailing campaign including the information of the survey period extension till 12 October 2016.

13 October 2016 - the survey's closure and generating the results by the Centre for Computer Networks.

13-18 October 2016 - development of the survey results by the research emlpoyees of Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences.

19 October 2016 - meeting of the Working Group in order to discuss the results of the University's internal analysis based on the matrix..

20 October 2016 - meeting of the Working Group aiming at analyzing the survey results.

21 October 2016 - meeting of the Working Group to develop the strategy of implementation of the principles of the Charter and the Code at Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences.

24 October 2016 - information on activities related to the implementation of the Charter and the Code at the University's Twitter and Google+ profile

28 October 2016 - presentation of results of the University's internal analysis and the survey by the Committee for Implementation

2 November 2016 - consultation with the Commitee for Implementation in order to develop an action plan of the corrective measures

7 November 2016 - presentation of the University's HR Strategy by the Commitee for Implementation

10 November 2016 - submission of the HR Strategy for Researchers at the Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences to the EC

10 November 2016 - WUELS obtains the official response from the European Commission to the prior submitted Declaration of support for the principles and recommendations adopted in the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. The Commission acknowledges the declaration and encourages WUELS to continue the procedure of implementation of the principles of the Charter and the Code.

10 January 2017 - meeting with the Committee for Implementation in order to discuss the process of corrective and self-improvement measures after the submission of the HR Strategy for Researchers at the Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences to the European Commission.

10 February 2017 - Consensus Report received from the European Commission filed as ACCEPTED pending minor alterations.

February – March 2017 - permanent consultations with Committee for Implementation in order to development of alterations to the HR Strategy following the Consensus Report obtained from the European Commission.

6 March 2017 - Summary meeting of the Committee for Implementation before the re-submission of the HR Strategy to the European Commission.

19 April 2017 – Re-submission of the of the HR Strategy to the European Commission

19 May 2017 - Logo HR granted by the European Commission

13 July 2017 - Meeting of the Committee for Implementation in order to discuss the implementation schedule of corrective and self-improvement measures



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