Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R)
The University of Applied Sciences Brandenburg (THB) is a young university location. Since its foundation in 1992 research activities have been developed anlongside the establishment of study programs in business and engineering disciplines. The THB incorporates the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for Recruitment. Based on an internal gap analysis in 2013/14 the THB implements the Human Resources Strategs for Researchers (HRS4R) and has gained the HR Excellence in Research Awards from the European Commission.
The intention of HRS4R
The intention of the HRS4R-initiative for quality assurance in human resources management of the European Commission is to foster the development of strong research cultures at universities, to create better working conditions for researchers, and to promote academic careers. HR Excellence in Research is a seal of quality bestowed by the European Commission upon institutions with fair and transparent recruitment processes, concern for intellectual property rights, and stimulating work environments that provide opportunities for advanced training. In 2015 it was awarded to Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences for the participation in the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R), making it one of the first institutions in Germany to receive this distinction.
HR strategy for researchers at the University of Applied Sciences Brandenburg
Under the leadership of the vice president for research and transfer, a team of three persons has been compiled in summer 2013. This team developed a procedure for collecting data on the base of the 40 aspects of C & C. A total of three methodological approaches were chosen in order to reach the necessary data for evaluating the overall situation of researchers at the FHB.
Summary of results
Already in the development of instruments for the conduct of gap analysis it became clear that the responsibility for the observance and the development of the 40 points in the "Charter and Code" are to be located at three levels:
- Researchers and supervisors of up-and-coming young scientists have to take self-responsibility for the observance of certain rules and have to vouch for their professional actions. This includes the active demanding of certain conditions that only allows research actions in high quality. This form of assumption in responsibility takes place in personal responsibility and is not controlled by internal or external authorities. The institutional responsibility of the FHB is to be seen in the comprehensive and sustainable support during this task.
- The FHB as a research location is using standards and agreements to ensure that recruitment and selection procedures are based on the principles of the "Charter and Code". Particular attention will be paid to the quality of support for the young professionals. Through regular training courses and information the FHB ensures the compliance of legal requirements, such as data protection, patent law and health and safety protection at the workplace etc., and provides contact persons for various aspects, for example in the case of an appeal or for questions within the field of gender equality.
- Funding and sponsors ensure with their respective agreements that all research activities are characterized by an appropriate balance between performance and recognition, benefits and expenses and that the time and work schedule can be fulfilled. Furthermore, they already pay attention when evaluating the offers to ensure adequate pay and good social security for future employees and researchers in the projects.