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HR Excellence in Research


The HR Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) was launched by the European Commission in order to support the implementation of the principles and requirements of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for Recruitment of Researchers. The principles of the Charter and Code specify the roles, responsibilities and entitlements of researchers as well as of employers and/or funders of researchers. The overarching aim is to develop an attractive, open and sustainable European labour market for researchers.

In July 2015, DCU was awarded the right to use the ‘HR Excellence in Research’ logo by the European Commission. This significant award was achieved by participating in and successfully completing the HRS4R process, which involves the following steps:

  • An internal Gap Analysis involving all key players, to compare policies and practices against the Charter and Code principles
  • Based on the results of the Gap Analysis, DCU developed its own HR Strategy for Researchers which included a concrete public action plan
  • The Gap Analysis and Action Plan were reviewed and acknowledged by the European Commission. This acknowledgement implies the right to use the 'HR Excellence in Research' logo
  • Progress in the implementation of the strategy and action plan is subjected to a self-assessment after 2 years
  • An external evaluation will be carried out at least every 4 years.

The DCU HRS4R Documents are available at the links below:
DCU HRS4R Strategy and Action Plan
DCU HRS4R Gap Analysis