The European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers were adopted in 2005 as a recommendation of the European Commission addressed to researchers, employers and research funders in the public and private sectors.
The European Charter for Researchers describes the rights and obligations of researchers, their employers and research funding institutions. The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers outlines principles for hiring and appointing researchers, which should be followed by the employer institutions, ensuring equal treatment of all researchers in the recruitment process.
Lodz University of Technology, recognising the impact of the principles of the Charter and the Code on ensuring the best possible working environment and high-quality scientific research, and appreciating the value of the work of those involved in research, decided to initiate the process of implementation of the provisions of the Charter and the Code by signing a Declaration of Support for the principles contained in these documents.
The European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers contain forty principles. An internal analysis conducted at the university has shown that the majority of national regulations, internal rules and good practices in place at Lodz University of Technology are in line with the principles of the Charter and the Code. However, in the areas considered particularly important from the perspective of the university, for a full implementation of the provisions of the Charter and the Code, an HR Strategy for Researchers - which consists of an Action Plan 2016-2018 and a Human Resources Development Policy at Lodz University of Technology - was formulated in 2016, based on the provisions of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (poster promoting the strategy (opens in new window))
Following an external TUL evaluation, in May 2016 the European Commission decided to award Lodz University of Technology with the HR Excellence in Research Logo. Lodz University of Technology is the first technical university and the third in Poland to have been distinguished by the European Commission. The award acknowledges the HR strategy adopted by Lodz University of Technology and the HR activities planned, confirming the University's commitment to the process of continuous development in accordance with the provisions of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.
In 2018, Lodz University of Technology conducted a number of activities in order to the summarize the two-year period of implementation of the HR Strategy for Researchers. In the process of preparing a report on the implementation of activities in the years 2016-2018 participated representatives of scientists employed at the university as well as representatives of all administrative units involved. The result of the work is the Internal Review (opens in new window). The undertaken actions included open consultations in which the existing activities and proposals for new initiatives were widely discussed and the outcome of the survey is the Action Plan 2018-2021 (under revision) and a revised version of the Human Resources Development Policy at Lodz University of Technology. The results were afterwards approved by the Senate and Rector of Lodz University of Technology.
As part of the activities related to the implementation of The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers at Lodz University of Technology, efforts have also been made to develop an internal policy concerning OTM-R (Open, Transparent and Merit-based recruitment). The OTM-R checklist (under revision) was developed in spring 2018.
In May 2018, the results of the internal self-assessment and the Action Plan 2018-2021 were sent to the European Commission for approval.
One of the tools supporting the development of the European Research Area is the EURAXESS Poland Portal, whose purpose is to facilitate the career development of researchers across Europe, as well as to encourage world-class researchers to carry out scientific work in European institutions.
As of 1 October 2019, HRS4R activities at Lodz University of Technology are coordinated by the Human Capital Management Centre.