The HR Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R)
In September 2017, European University Cyprus was awarded the ‘HR Excellence in Research’ logo. The ‘HR Excellence in Research’ identifies the institutions and organizations, which are providers and supporters of a stimulating and favourable working environment for researchers. A list of the HRS4R Acknowledged Institutions can be found at https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/hrs4r
This recognition reflects the commitment of European University Cyprus to continuously improve its human resources policies in line with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. These two documents, addressed to researchers as well as to employers and funders in both the public and private sectors, are key elements in the European Union’s policy to make research an attractive career, which is a vital feature of its strategy to stimulate economic and employment growth.
The Charter & Code are compatible with the University’s aim to create and sustain a stimulating research environment for researchers at all stages of their career regardless of their contractual situation. Since the ratification of the EUC Research Policy by the University Council in November 2015, the development and adoption of a Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) has been a major priority.
The HRS4R process consists of three distinct phases:
Phase 1: Submission of application and initial granting of the HR Award
Phase 2: Implementation of the Initial Action Plan, Interim Assessment and development of the Extended Action Plan
Phase 3: Implementation of the Extended Action Plan, Site Visit and Renewal
Having completed the self-assessment on the OTM-R (Open, Transparent and Merit-Based Recruitment) Checklist and having developed the Extended Action Plan based on the Interim Assessment, European University Cyprus is currently at the beginning of Phase 3.
The OTM-R Checklist, which covers the various steps of researchers’ recruitment process, provides a clear picture of the University’s development needs in this area. It is expected that the ‘HR Excellence in Research’ award and the implementation of the Extended HRS4R Action Plan will enhance the efforts to attract and sustain a critical mass of research talent in the University, and more broadly in Cyprus.