Implementation of HRS4R

In 2018 the Vice-Chancellor decided to endorse the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. In 2020 the university retained the HR Excellence in Research award.

HR Excellence in Research Award

The award is given to employers who have a stimulating work environment and good conditions for researchers and continuously work to develop these areas. The award is a sign of the university's commitment to having a legally secure and transparent recruitment process as well as career development for researchers at all stages of the research career.


In March 2005, the European Commission issued a recommendation on the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. The aim is to establish a strong European Research Area for research activities, to support and structure the European research policy and to establish an attractive, open and sustainable labor market for researchers.
The Charter and Code consist of general principles and requirements that determine the role, responsibilities and rights of researchers and their employers.

The purpose of the Charter and Code is to ensure that the relationships between researchers and employers contribute to successful research results as well as exchange of and access to knowledge, technical development and career development.

The European Charter & Code consists of 40 principles and four thematic areas:
• Ethical principles and professional responsibility
• Recruitment
• Working Conditions
• Training

The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) is the tool for the implementation of the Charter and Code.

Bild som visar processen för implementering av HRS4R


Members of the Steering Committee

Chair: Katrine Riklund, Pro-Vice-Chancellor
Dieter Müller, Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Mikael Elofsson, Dean Faculty of Science and Technology
Ruth Mannelqvist, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences
Lars Nordlander, Director of Human Resources

To ensure the activities in the Action Plan are carried out in accordance with the timeline for the process, a working group will be appointed. Stakeholder groups will continuously be invited and informed about the process and to comment on this.

More information

All documentation including the Action Plan are available on Umeå University's external web site. Read more

Contact us

Carina Mattsson, project manager
+46 90-786 57 31

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