European Charter for Researchers

In 2016, the European Commission, after examining UTC’s Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R), awarded UTC the "HR Excellence in Research" label.

In 2005 the European Commission published its European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. In agreeing to abide by the recommendations of the Charter and Code, research institutions (both private and public) undertake to improve recruitment procedures and to provide the best possible working conditions. Possessing the "HR Excellence in Research" label has become a requirement for obtaining certain types of European funding, in particular under the Horizon 2020 programme.

In order to be eligible for the label, institutions must adopt the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R), which lays down guidelines for implementing good recruitment and management practice.

In close collaboration with all those involved, institutions start with an analysis of how far people's own current practice complies with the recommendations of the Charter and Code. The recommendations are organized into 40 separate items under four broad headings, namely ethical and professional aspects, recruitment, working conditions and social security and training.

At UTC, a self-examination and SWOT analysis (SWOT = Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) led to a plan of action submitted to the European Commission in 2016.

UTC identified six spheres of action for the next years (2016-2021):

  • Stengthen research freedom;
  • Make good recruitment practices systematic;
  • Improve the way visitors are received;
  • Cultivate a stimulating work environment;
  • Support and assist researchers' partnerships activities;
  • Disseminate the results of research.

In 2018 UTC did an initial self-assessment of measures undertaken so far, and in 2021 the European Commission will deploy an expert panel to carry out an on-site assessment with a view to renewing the accreditation.

Since 2008 UTC has chosen to align its recruitment policy with the guidelines set out in the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. In December 2016 UTC became the first engineering school to be awarded the HR Excellence in Research accreditation by the European Commission on the basis of its human resources strategy for researchers (HRS4R).

Human Resources Strategy for Research at Université de Technologie de Compiègne:


Acknowledgement letter :

The initial implementation phase of the Action Plan (Dec 2016 - Dec 2018) has given substantial, concrete results.

In the light of feedback from researchers, some revisions have been incorporated into the second implementation phase (Dec 2018 - Dec 2021).

A recruitment policy reference document (OTM-R) has been produced.

UTC has also been a very active in HRS4R outreach and has been invited to contribute to various events and meetings.

A Project Group (Stéphanie Rossard (Research Division), Lydia Vignolle-Dupré (Human Resources Division) and Marion Kaczkowski (Doctoral School)) organizes and monitors actions. The Steering Committee (Nathalie Van Schoor (Director of Internal Services), Marie-Christine Ho Ba Tho (Director of Research), Ludovic Martin (Director of Human Resources), Christine Prelle (Director of the Doctoral School), Cornelia Marin (Director of International Relations), and the Project Group) oversees the process, and a consultative panel of researchers is called upon as required to assist progress in relation to specific actions.

When Université de technologie de Compiègne embarked on the HR Excellence for Research accreditation process, the European Commission had not yet published its recommendation that the application include elements to demonstrate an open, transparent, merit-based recruitment policy.

UTC has long prided itself on having a recruitment policy that is open, transparent, and merit-based, and remains committed to adhering vigorously to the principles of OTM-R.

  • Translation into English of French legislation with respect to the 40 items in the Charter and Code (original document provided by the French Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research, together with the Conférence des Présidents d'Université (CPU) and translated by David Lewis). Dissemination of the English translation among other French universities and institutions. 
  • Contributions to web conferences, presentations and panel discussions aimed at fellow institutions:
    • AMUE/CPU/MESRI web conference - feedback from UTC, Paris, January 2017
    • CPED/UNS/MESRI presentation - panel discussion on HR Excellence for Research accreditation and the Equality and Diversity labels - feedback from UTC, Nice, June 2017

    • French Universities' Human Resources Director's Day / HRS4R - panel discussion, feedback from UTC, November 2018

  • Replying to queries by other universities and institutions embarking on the accreditation process
  • Stéphanie Rossard took part in the 2018 Erasmus Staff training (HRS4R assessment) organized by the University of Liège