Human Resources Excellence in Research

Striving for an attractive, open and sustainable European job market for researchers, in 2005 the European Commission adopted recommendations which describe the principles of recruitment and working conditions of researchers: the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. The European Charter defines rights and obligations of the researchers and organizations they work in, while the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers refers to equality in employment procedures for all researchers in Europe and increases transparency in their recruitment and employment. The Charter also describes the responsibilities of researchers in terms of ethical norms, legal and contractual obligations.

A revised edition of the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity was published ih June 2023.

These two documents, addressed to researchers as well as research employers and funders in both the public and private sectors, are key elements in the EU's policy to boost researchers' careers. Research careers in Europe are fragmented at local, regional, national or sectoral level, not allowing Europe to make the most of its scientific potential. The Charter and Code ensures that researchers can enjoy the same rights and obligations in any European country.

University of Split signed Declaration of Commitment to “The European Charter for Researchers” and “The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers” on April 29, 2010., thus committing itself to ensure transparent recruitment processes and equal treatment of all applicants. The aim is to ensure fair conditions for researchers, with the clear intention to contribute to the advancement of the European Research Area.

The recruitment and development of talented academic staff is recognized as essential to achieving University of Split's ambitions as an internationally oriented research university.

University of Split has been awarded by the European Commission with Human Resources Excellence in Research logo in 2013 identifying University of Split as a provider of a high standard working environment for researchers.

The HR Excellence in Research award is awarded to the applicant organisation after a thorough internal analysis of the institution’s personnel policy and conditions through legislation, agreements and other guidelines, as well as an external assessment. Institutions who receive the award are expected to have, maintain and develop a stimulating and beneficial working environment for researchers. The award also acknowledges a University’s commitment to fair and transparent recruitment and appraisal procedures and to their continuous development.

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For the HR Excellence in Research award renewal University of Split has developed Internal review with new action plan 2020-2022 and embedded OTM-R principles.

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The Steering Committee continued to actively monitor and participate in the implementation of the HRS4R process and submitted a report on the activities carried out at the University of Split, in accordance with the plan from the "Internal review of HR Strategy and Action Plan" document, for the period from 2020 to 2022.

Report on the implementation of the document "Internal review of HR Strategy and Action Plan"

The Action plan of the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) for the period 2023-2025 was adopted by the Senate on March 30, 2023.

The Committee for Open Science was also appointed, which drafted the Open Science Policy of the University of Split, which was accepted by the University Senate on March 30, 2023.



The aim of the Open, transparent and merit-based recruitment of researchers policy (OTM-R Policy) is to optimise and objectivize the recruitment procedures at the University of Split and its constituents in order to ensure equal requirements for all applicants and thus the prospect of appointing the best applicants for the research positions.

The OTM-R Policy is based on the following principles:

1. Openness to public

2. Transparency

3. Equal availability

4. Merit-based selection

5. Competencies of the members of the selection committees

The OTM-R Policy has been approved by the Senate on October 31st 2019.

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More information on this initiative are available on the website of the European Commission.