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The University of Pardubice subscribed to the principles enshrined in the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers in 2019.

The main goal of the University of Pardubice project is to create its own strategic documents and action plan leading to the strengthening of human resources in science and research at the University of Pardubice and obtaining the prestigious HR Award certificate. It is granted by the European Commission to those research institutions that are able to set up strategic personnel management and excellent human resources management in science and research in accordance with the principles of the Charter and the Code. The awarded institutions then guarantee an open and transparent process of selection and recruitment of new employees as well as continuous provision of support and quality of the working environment to employees not only in science and research.


Article - University of Pardubice receives the HR Award (11. 10. 2021)

General information

The Charter and the Code

The European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (the Charter and the Code) are a set of guidelines and requirements that specify the role, responsibilities and rights of researchers and their employers. The aim of the Charter is to ensure that relations between researchers and employers contribute to success in the development, transfer, sharing and dissemination of knowledge and technological development, and in the development of researchers' careers. The Charter also recognizes the value of all forms of mobility that serve to improve the career development of researchers. In this respect, the Charter provides a framework for researchers, employers and investors, encouraging them to work responsibly in their work environment and to recognize each other. The Charter is intended for all researchers in the European Union at all stages of their careers.

The HR Award

The HR Excellence in Research Award (HR Award) is a prestigious award given by the European Commission for excellence in the care of human resources in the scientific environment. For researchers, an organization with the HR Award means a guarantee of the European standard of employee care, openness and transparency of the recruitment process and the quality of the working environment.

The HR Award logo makes research organizations more attractive when approaching researchers from abroad or for obtaining grants. The Award is now considered an international standard for quality rules in the management and development of human resources in science and research.

An institution wishing to receive the HR Award must subscribe to the principles enshrined in the "European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers". 

The benefits of implementing the HR strategy for the University and researchers

  • International attractiveness and visibility of the institution meeting European standards
  • Improving the quality of care for human resources
  • Creating conditions for better career growth in research and development at the University
  • Development of professional growth of researchers
  • Recognition of experience from mobilities in the public and private sector
  • Ensuring transparent recruitment and selection of new researchers
  • Increasing the prestige of the University and the attractiveness for researchers
  • Connection with a pan-European network of research organizations
  • Obtaining funding for research from European and domestic programmes to support research - preferential treatments in the programmes of TACR, HORIZON 2020 and others

Project life cycle

The project has successfully completed its initial phase when awarded an HR Excellence in Research Award by the European Commission and is now entering the implementation phase.


In the initial phase leading to HRS4R, an internal questionnaire survey was conducted to provide feedback on human resources management and working conditions at the University of Pardubice, the first of its survey to have been conducted across the entire university. Furthermore, a GAP analysis was performed, on the basis of which the University prepared an Action Plan for Human Resources Development for the following two-year and subsequent periods and an OTM-R policy. With these outputs, the University made a commitment to implement measures aimed at fulfilling the principles of the Charter and the Code. They also were part of an application for the HR Award, thus completing this initial phase.

The implementation of the HRS4R strategy involves multi-level steps and takes several months. The first step is an analysis by which the applicant organization identifies the shortcomings, the next step is to draw up a specific improvement plan. The European Commission will then invite external experts from other European research organizations to evaluate and monitor the progressive implementation phases. Institutions that successfully complete this strategy will receive the HR Award certificate.

Obtaining the HR Award is a sign of quality, but also a lasting commitment to continued development and creating favourable conditions for employees in the institution. A mid-term evaluation is carried out 24 months after the award, and then the organization is evaluated every three years.

Project Team

Ing. Iveta Moravcová (HR manager)

Bc. Anna Levinská (HR assistant)

Jana Janková (Project and financial manager)

prof. PhDr. Petr Vorel, CSc (Principal investigator)