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Human Resource Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R)

What is the Human Resource Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R)?

HRS4R is a strategy for implementing the Charter and Code, in order to be certified with HR Excellence in Research.

In 2005, the European Commission implemented the recommendation "European Charter for Researchers" and "The Code of Conduct for recruitment of Researchers". These two documents aim to establish Europe as a strong research area with support activities, and to strengthen the politics for researchers within Europe. The two documents regulate the relation between researchers, employers and research funders. They also aim to strengthen and clarify the responsibilities and rights of researchers and their employers.

The systematic work on HRS4R is done by integrating 40 principles from the four areas of the European Charter and Code:
• Ethical and professional aspects
• Recruitment and selection
• Working conditions and social security
• Training and development


In December 2018, the Vice-Chancellor decided that Linnaeus University should join the EU Commission's certification "HR Excellence in research". At the same time, the work on developing the basis for assessment began. In June 2020, the application for certification was sent to the European Commission.

An approved application gives the university the right to use the "HR Excellence in Research" award. This award shows that Linnaeus University meets the quality goals in terms of researchers. The award promotes the recruitment of talented international researchers and doctoral students. The recognition also shows that Linnaeus University provides researchers with good conditions and an inspiring work environment.

Timeline at LNU
• December 2018, the Vice-Chancellor decided to start the work on HRS4R
• Spring 2019, a self-assessment (GAP) was made of the 40 principles in the Charter and Code
• September 2019, a survey was sent to the reference group (all researchers at LNU)
• Spring 2020, an Action Plan was made, based on identified areas in the GAP analysis and the survey
• June 2020, the application for HR Excellence was sent to the EU Commission
• By the end of 2020, the EU Commission will evaluate LNU's application
• 2020-2022 Implementation phase and self-evaluation
• 2023 onwards, continued development, evaluation of the European Commission every three years

The HRS4R structure of the process at Linnaeus University

Steering group:
Linnaeus University’s management group

Working group: 
Marianne Johansson-Hellström, Head of Human Resources
Helena Birath, HR partner
Kjärstin Hagman Boström, Research Advisor 

Reference group: Linnaeus University’s research faculty (doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, senior lecturers, professors)