The European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers were issued in 2005 as a recommendation of the European Commission addressed to researchers, employers and research funding bodies operating in the public and private sectors.
The European Charter for Researchers describes the rights and obligations to which both researchers and their employing institutions are subjected as well as organizations providing research funding.
The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers describes the rules for recruiting researchers that employers should follow to ensure that all researchers are treated equally in the recruitment process.
Lodz University of Technology, noting the impact of the Charter and Code on the assurance of a high quality work environment and research, and underlining the value of the work of people conducting research, decided to initiate the implementation of the Code and the Charter by submitting a statement of support for the principles contained in these documents.
The European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers contain forty principles. An internal analysis carried out at the university has shown that the majority of national regulations, internal regulations and best practices functioning at the Lodz University of Technology are in line with the principles of the Charter and the Code. However, in areas recognized as particularly important from the perspective of the university and in order to fulfill more fully the provisions of the Charter and the Code, in 2016 the HR Strategy for Researchers was prepared, including the 2016-2018 Action Plan and the Human Resource Development Policy at the Lodz University of Technology based on the provisions of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. (Poster promoting the Strategy).
Following an external evaluation, the European Commission in May 2016 decided to award the Logo of the HR Excellence in Research to the Lodz University of Technology. TUL is the first technical university and the third university in Poland, which was awarded the Logo of the HR Excellence in Research by the European Commission. In this way, the Commission underlined the importance of strategy and planned HR activities adopted by the Technical University of Lodz, confirming the university's involvement in the process of continuous development in accordance with the provisions of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.
In 2018, the Lodz University of Technology conducted a series of actions related to the summary of the two-year implementation period of the HR Strategy for Researchers. The process of preparing the report on the implementation of activities in 2016-2018 included representatives of researchers employed at the university and representatives of all administration units involved. The effect of the work is the Internal Review document.
As part of the undertaken activities, open consultations were conducted [link to the gallery], during which previous actions and proposals for new activities were subjected to a broad discussion, as a result of which Revised Action Plan 2018-2021 was created and Human Resource Development Policy at the Lodz University of Technology was updated. The results were then accepted by the Senate of the Lodz University of Technology and the Rector of the Lodz University of Technology.
As part of activities related to the implementation of The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers at the Lodz University of Technology, steps were also undertaken related to the development of an internal policy regulating issues related to OTM-R (Open, Transparent and Merit-based recruitment). The current OTM-R checklist was developed in the spring of 2018.
In May 2018, the results of internal self-assessment and Action Plan for 2018-2021 were sent to the European Commission for approval.
The tool related to supporting the development of the European Research Area is the Portal EURAXESS Poland, which aims to facilitate the career development of researchers in Europe, as well as to encourage world-class researchers to conduct research in the European institutions.