Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R)



We at the University of Vaasa recognize that our strength and success almost exclusively depend on the work contribution of our staff. All our results are directly based on the input of our skilled and committed researchers and teachers and the experts working in the university support functions.

Therefore, we focus on the wellbeing of our staff and developing the working environment. We want to create a working environment that is conducive to research, embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities for all staff members. When we see room for improvement, we will take action.

The University of Vaasa has endorsed the common European recommendations and principles for HR practices aiming at better working conditions for researchers. This set of principles is set out in the EU Commissions recommendation: The European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

  • The European Charter for Researchers addresses the roles, responsibilities and entitlements of researchers and their employers. The goal is to ensure that everyone contributes to the production and sharing of knowledge – and to the career development of researchers.
  • The Code of Conduct for Recruitment seeks to improve recruitment practices by making selection processes as transparent and as fair as possible.

In order to align our practices with the European Charter and Code, we have implemented the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) programme. The HRS4R programme is a solid foundation for organizational development and has helped us to identify our strengths as well as development areas. The process has been very rewarding. In addition to being an excellent tool for organizational development, the HRS4R development process will further enable us to create the best possible working environment for our staff. Therefore, we have chosen to call our HRS4R action plan Developing a Sustainable and Attractive Research Environment.

Read more about the HRS4R process.

As recognition of aligning the University of Vaasa policies and practices with the European Charter and Code and our resolution and commitment to implement fair and transparent recruitment and appraisal procedures, in December 2014 we were awarded the HR Excellence in Research Logo.

HRS4R action plan final.png