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The European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers

KTH has decided to adopt and implement the principles of EU Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (EU C&C). With the implementation of EU Charter & Code, KTH embrace the intention to contribute to a proactive, mutual and positive development of research in Europe and internationally. It also indicates the ambition of KTH to provide a stimulating and benevolent working environment as well as fair and transparent recruitment procedures and excellent career development opportunities for researchers. To KTH, adopting the principles of EU C&C, means working in accordance with established goals expressed in KTH Strategic Documents, such as increased internationalization and quality assurance.

About the EU Charter & Code

EU C&C consists of general principles and requirements which specifies the roles, responsibilities and entitlements of researchers and their employers. It constitutes a common frame of quality with purpose to strengthen the research in Europe.

The European Commission wants to support a development towards a strong European Research Area and a competitive, strong and knowledge-based European economy, thus issued a recommendation on the EU C&C in 2005.

By improving the conditions of free research, promoting an open and sustainable labour market for researchers, the aim is to contribute to successful research achievements and to promote exchange of knowledge and technical development.

Today, the number of European universities connected to EU C&C amounts over 500, and over 1200 universities all over Europe are preparing to connect.

EU C&C embraces 40 general principles that are divided into four areas;

  • Ethical and Professional Aspects
  • Recruitment
  • Working Conditions and Social Security
  • Training and Development

KTH's Application

KTH submitted the application for adhering to EU C&C in June 2020.

KTH's application EU Charter & Code (pdf 748 kB)

The President's covering letter to the application EU Charter & Code (pdf 50 kB)

Application in accessible format (in accordance with Swedish legislation on accessibility) (pdf 928 kB)

Preamble (pdf 226 kB)

GAP analysis process (pdf 217 kB)

GAP analysis overview (pdf 395 kB)

OTM-R checklist (pdf 202 kB)

Action plan (pdf 319 kB)

The Implementation Process HRS4R

The implementation process will follow a mandatory process, HRS4R – Human Resources Strategy for Reseachers, with subsequent modules in order to help each university to facilitate the implementation of EU C&C into its own policies. The process contains fixed templates and mandatory implementation steps. The process is divided into three phases.

The process of HRS4R

The Initial Phase

The process begins with an application to the European Commission, embracing a gap analysis, an action plan and a description of the process. The approved application renders the award of HR Excellence in Research.

The Implementation Phase

After approved application, the implementation process will proceed in a continuous quality work, by integrating the principles of EU C&C in KTHs own quality work in accordance with the action plan’s objectives. The Commission will then do an interim desk assessment after 24 months, and after that a site visit assessment after 36 months. KTH can modify the action plan when needed.

The Award Renewal Phase

Regular assessments are made in order to uphold and renew the award of HR Excellence in Research. These are held every third year; every second time as a desk assessment and with site visit assessments by six years’ interval, synchronized with the overall KTH quality work.

About the HRS4R process on the Euraxess website

Read More about the EU C&C

Information about the Charter & Code on the Euraxess website

Find the Charter among other brochures on the Euraxess website


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Last changed: Feb 16, 2021