HR Excellence in Research Award and the Charter and Code for Researchers
The aim of the Charter and Code for Researchers is to ensure that the nature of the relationship between researchers and employers is conducive to successful research performance and to the career development of researchers. This is an evolving process that enables HR to place the principles of the European Charter and Code at the core of its policies for research staff. It’s a voluntary process that UCC has committed to wholeheartedly. It is not a requirement for participation in EU funded programmes yet - but when you consider that every UCC Principal Investigator signs up to its principles when a Horizon 2020 grant is awarded then you can understand how important this award is to UCC and how seriously the European Commission considers it.
In 2013, University College Cork gained the HR Excellence in Research Award in recognition of the University’s on-going commitment to adopting the principles of The European Charter for Researchers and a Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. This commitment is echoed in the University’s Research Strategy.
In 2015 University College Cork retained the HR Excellence in Research Award and we are currently working towards the 5th phase of the process. See our progress so far here
As part of its desire to improve the working conditions of our current research staff UCC has launched three new researcher surveys for 2016.
a) Internal researcher staff survey at all grades and levels including research support officers – focusing on training and development, knowledge of the charter and code for researchers, working conditions etc.
b) Researchers who have left UCC – and why – and what were the skills they needed to make the move. It also focusses on attrition rates for women at senior post doc level which will inform some of the required actions relating to researchers in the Athena Swan action plan.
c) Internal researcher teaching survey - As a research-focussed institution, UCC is committed to high quality research-led teaching. To this end, the University aims to strengthen the integration of research, teaching and learning by providing opportunities for research staff who request to be involved in teaching activities and by maximising opportunities for students to participate in research programmes throughout their undergraduate studies.
These surveys form part of our continued progress in HRS4R and will inform UCC’s future HRS4R action plans from 2017 to 2019.
See link to EC Human Resource Strategy for Researchers