The European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers are two of the most important documents embedded in the EU policy to increase the attractiveness of work conditions and the development of researchers’ careers in Europe. The AGH University starts to implement the Charter and the Code. This is a continuous process that requires constant evaluation and improvement in the scope of university activities.
The European Charter for Researchers (link) contains the rights and responsibilities of researchers, the institutions that employ them, and the organisations funding research projects.
The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (link) contains the rules and regulations of recruiting researchers that the institutions-employers should observe, taking care of equal treatment of scientific employees across Europe.
Both documents, published by the European Commission in 2005, have been addressed to researchers, employers, and entities that fund research projects operating in the public and private sectors. The provisions of the Charter and the Code are substantively conducive to increased openness and transparency of the European market.
The chief purpose of implementing the principles of the Charter and the Code is to obtain the HR Excellence in Research distinction, awarded by the European Commission to those institutions and entities that create a friendly environment to work and thrive. Awarding the appropriate logo constitutes one of the activities of the European Commission as part of the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers that focuses on increasing the attractiveness of work conditions of researchers across the European Union.
The principles of the Charter and the Code align with the AGH University strategy that also aims to increase the attractiveness of the workplace, improve the quality of research, and elevate innovation at the university, as well as providing conditions for the personal growth of researchers and other employees. The implementation of the university strategy relies on the appropriate choice, recruitment, and continuation of employment of researchers distinguished by significant scientific achievements, creative ideas for innovative research projects, and the potential to develop new research fields.
The AGH University of Krakow commits to implementing the aforementioned rules in its HR policy and to increase the awareness thereof among academic teachers and other employees. In implementing the provisions of the Charter and the Code, the AGH University of Krakow intends to offer researchers a safe work environment and increase their mobility within the European Research Area, and thereby integrate the university into the network of entities focusing on the improvement of conditions for the development of science and research.
A new Rector’s Proxy for Implementing the Principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers at the AGH University is Professor Manuela Reben.
All information related to the process of implementing the Charter and the Code at the AGH University will be published on a dedicated website hrs4r.agh.edu.pl (currently only in Polish).