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Work towards Charter & Code certification in full swing at INN University

Work towards Charter & Code certification in full swing at INN University

INN University strives for full employee engagement in the Charter & Code process (Photo: the European Commission).

INN University has been undertaking extensive efforts in analysing and ensuring its compliance with The European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers

The Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers were adopted by the European Commission in 2005. The documents address researchers, employers and funding sources in the public and private sectors.

The European Charter for Researchers is a set of general principles and requirements specifying the roles, responsibilities and rights of researchers, as well as of employers and funding sources. The Code of Conduct for the recruitment of researchers consists of a set of general principles for recruitment that should be followed by employers and funding sources when appointing or recruiting researchers.

INN University is currently working towards obtaining the European Commission’s “HR Excellence in Research” certification, which commends research institutions that have made progress in aligning their human resources (HR) policies with the principles set out in the Charter & Code. 

The aim is to ensure fair and favourable working conditions for researchers, which would also contribute to the development of the European Research Area.

Full employee engagement 

Senior adviser Helene Rønning has been assigned the responsibility of seeing to the Charter & Code application process. A Charter & Code work group has been assembled, consisting of researchers of all levels as well as staff from INN University’s research administration and the department of communications.

Information meetings for all employees have been held at the various campuses. All staff are consulted via meetings held under Chatham House Rule at institute level. In addition, specific focus groups for PhD candidates and employees with a foreign background have taken place at the Evenstad, Hamar, Elverum and Lillehammer campuses. 

INN University employees also have access to a designated Charter & Code forum on INNafor, the institutional employee portal. There, they are encouraged to seek information and offer their input on a continuous basis.

Paving the road for the future

“We've found it very useful and we're grateful to everyone who took the time from their busy schedules to talk to us”, said Rønning after the conclusion of the last focus group. “We found the groups very engaged and helpful, the participants have raised many interesting and important points and we can already see clear trends, relevant to all campuses. This will feed into suggestions for the improvement of the working environment in the Charter & Code context.”

The focus groups and subsequent employee information meetings have served as sources of data that fed into an extensive gap analysis document, which tracks areas needing improvement in relation to the 40 principles of the Charter & Code.

The gap analysis forms a part of the application documentation that will be submitted to the European Commission.

Following the completion of the gap analysis, an action plan will be elaborated, clearly indicating how to remedy the gaps identified.

INN University aims to send the complete application for obtaining the “HR Excellence in Research” certification in early 2019.