The Human Resources Excellence in Research logo is granted to institutions abiding by the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. Both these documents were adopted by the European Commission in 2005 and they describe rights and obligations of researchers but also universities and other institutions employing them. The researchers are subject to the rules of freedom of scientific research and dissemination of its findings, professional responsibility, observing common ethical practices, social involvement, relationship with a scientific supervisor etc. Employers, on the other hand, are obliged to ensure stability of employment for researchers at every stage of their professional development, non-discrimination, gender-equality, creating conditions for steady professional development, access to training and careers guidance.
– Receiving this logo means enormous prestige for the University as not many entities in Europe get it. In Poland these are only 30 institutions and there is no other university of a profile similar to ours which has been granted this logo – says Krzysztof Kafarski, the director of International Relations Office and one of the project coordinators. – But it also entails tangible benefits: more points from unit evaluations and easier access to Polish and European grants. And for the University itself it’s a great opportunity to revise internal rules and procedures as well as gaining transparency in employing researchers – we will have to choose the best and raise our standards.