HR Excellence in Research award is awarded by the European Commission to the institutions that, by implementing the principles of "The European Charter for
Researchers" and "The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers" create a friendly work and development environment. By obtaining the award the units are committed to create favorable
conditions of work, career development, and transparent recruitment processes.
The granting of the award is one of the activities of the European Commission in the framework of the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers, aimed at
increasing the attractiveness of researchers' working conditions in the European Union. These activities are expected to contribute to increasing the number of academic staff of the European
institutions. The European Commission supports the institutions that implement the principles of The European Charter and The Code, organizing meetings and discussions with the institutions
involved. Moreover the Commission promotes such institutions among international organizations and international scientists as those that provide the best working and development conditions for
HR Excellence in Research award is not awarded forever though! Every two years the institutions that use it are subjected to the control of the European
Commission. If any irregularities are found, the award may be withdrawn.
WUE strivings to obtain HR Excellence in Research Award
As a first step in the process of obtaining the HR Excellence in Research award the Wroclaw University of Economics expressed its support for the rules
provided in The European Charter for Researchers and The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers by signing the Declaration of Support for
The European Charter and The Code by prof. Andrzej Kaleta, the University’s Rector, in September 2016.
by the Regulation of the Rector
, an internal HR Excellence Team which was led by prof. dr hab. Bogusława Drelich-Skulska, the Vice-Rector for International Cooperation and dr Anna H.
Jankowiak, the Head of the Centre for International Cooperation was formed. Following colleagues were called up as team members: dr inż. Ewa Biazik from the Department for Agricultural Engineering
and Quality Analysis, dr Magdalena Broszkiewicz from the Department of Finance, dr Michał Organa from the Department of Strategy and Management Methods and mgr Karolina Łopacińska, a Coordinator on
behalf of the Centre for International Cooperation.
The HR Excellence Team adopted the following objectives:
• Conducting the internal analysis of the coherence between the University’s function and the recommendations provided in The European Charter for Researchers
and The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers and identifying the WUE’s most significant gaps in the HR area,
• Proposing an improvement strategy aimed at elimination of identified discrepancies between the rules set out in the Charter and the Code and the current WUE
A successful implementation of the adopted assumptions required conducting the analysis of adequate legal provisions, including the internal University
documentation, as well as identifying the opinions of research and academic staff and WUE’s doctoral students with regard to the degree of implementation of the rules provided in the Charter and
the Code by the University. The opinions were collected via a survey and individual in-depth interviews.
The analysis of internal situation at WUE was carried out by comparing the recommendations included in The European Charter for Researchers and The Code of
Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers with the practices currently applied at the University in the subject areas, within four separate sections: I. Ethical and professional aspects, II.
Recruitment, III. Working conditions and social security, as well as IV. Training.
For this purpose, the HR Excellence Team performed the review of the existing WUE’s internal regulations and legal provisions, along with the national
regulations on higher education existing in the Polish law.
Simultaneously with the analysis of legal acts and internal documentation of WUE an employee survey was carried out. Its purpose was to provide insight into
the degree, to which – in the opinion of its research and teaching staff – the Wroclaw University of Economics follows the rules provided by The European Charter for Researchers and The Code, with
regard to: working conditions at WUE, quality of human resources management, conducted research and teaching process. The survey was conducted in the period between 22 September and 9 October 2016
and was fully anonymous. Its respondents were members of research and teaching staff as well as doctoral students.
In striving to improve the attractiveness of the current working environment, by increasing its friendliness, improving the quality of research, innovation,
and by increasing international mobility, in 2005 the European Commission adopted two documents in which the rights and obligations, which are subject to both scientists and their employing
institutions have been specified - The European Charter for Researchers and The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.
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.
In this sense, the Charter constitutes a framework for researchers, employers and funders which invites them to act responsibly and as professionals within
their working environment, and to recognise each other as such. The Charter addresses all researchers in the European Union at all stages of their career and covers all fields of research in the
public and private sectors, irrespective of the nature of the appointment or employment, the legal status of their employer or the type of organisation or establishment in which the work is carried
out. It takes into account the multiple roles of researchers, who are appointed not only to conduct research and/or to carry out development activities but are also involved in supervision,
mentoring, management or administrative tasks.
This Charter takes as its premise that researchers as well as employers and/or funders of researchers have an overriding obligation to ensure that they meet
the requirements of the respective national or regional legislation. Where researchers enjoy a status and rights which are, in certain respects, more favourable than those provided for in this
Charter, its terms should not be invoked to diminish the status and rights already acquired. Researchers, as well as employers and funders, who adhere to this Charter will also be respecting the
fundamental rights and observe the principles recognised by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
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.
Institutions and employers adhering to the Code of Conduct will openly demonstrate their commitment to act in a responsible and respectable way and to provide
fair framework conditions to researchers, with a clear intention to contribute to the advancement of the European Research Area.
Anyone willing to cooperate and who wants to be involved in the WUE's strivings to obtain the HR Excellence in Research award, as well as in the implementation process of the "Action plan" of
future improvements is asked for the contact via the following address:
W are also waiting for any comments, ideas and suggestions for future improvements!
Coordinator of the HR Excellence Team
Karolina Łopacińska, Ph.D.
International Cooperation Center
Coordinator of the International Accreditation
building A, room 17