On 22nd November, the University of Warsaw was acknowledged the renewed HR Excellence in Research. The award is given to institutions which follow strict and high standards of research working conditions, antidiscrimination and transparent recruitment as set in the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.
“The principles set in the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Charter and Code) are key issues for the UW as it is duly emphasised in the Statute of the University of Warsaw. The principles are actually strictly connected with the long-term strategy of the UW,” Prof. Sambor Grucza, Vice-Rector for Cooperation and Human Resources, said.
In February 2022, in order to renew the HR Excellence in Research award, the University of Warsaw submitted the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R), the Gap Analysis, the Internal Review, the Action Plan for 2022–2027, and the OTM-R Questionnaire to the European Commission.
The HRS4R and the Action Plan are intended to specify coherent, ambitious, yet realistic, evidence-based strategy to strengthen previous achievements within the HRS4R for 2015–2021, as well as facilitate new challenges in research by the University of Warsaw. The works on the implementation of the Charter & Code are conducted by two teams: the Steering Committee, led by Prof. Sambor Grucza and responsible for monitoring and supporting the implementation process, and the Working Group, led by Prof. Julia Kubisa and in charge of the implementation of the Charter & Code principles.
Experts from the European Commission
Evaluation by experts from the European Commission is one of the stages of the HR Excellence in Research renewal process. Thanks to meetings with representatives of the university authorities, researchers, doctoral candidates and administration staff, it is possible to assess and evaluate the quality of the progress, strengths and weaknesses of the HR strategy, and actions undertaken to abide principles of the Charter & Code as for ethics, equality, development, training and mobility.
In October the European Commission experts visited the university to evaluate the Charter & Code implementation process at the University of Warsaw, and obtain feedback from the university community, especially from academics and doctoral candidates. The experts also presented an initial analysis of the implementation process at the UW.
On 22nd November, following the proper renewal phase, the University of Warsaw was acknowledged the HR Excellence in Research logo for the further period. The award, which was obtained on 4th July 2016, is an obligation to comply with the HR policy set in the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.
The next evaluation of the Charter & Code implementation at the UW will be conducted in three years.