Recruitment, working conditions and career development for researchers
NTNU wishes to support the European initiatives to promote researcher mobility and good working conditions for researchers in Europe (Euraxess). In 2008, NTNU was among the first universities in Europe to sign the "European Charter for Researchers" (Charter) and "European Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers" (Code) .
NTNU's Action Plan for the Charter and Code
NTNU's Action Plan for the Implementation of the Charter and Code was adopted by the Board in 2010. The Action Plan concerns four areas:
I. The researcher's ethical and professional responsibilities
III. Working conditions
IV. Research training and career development
In NTNU's Action Plan, the principles of the Charter and Code are summarized in the introduction to each of the four areas. This is followed by a brief description of NTNU's practice and some of the challenges the University wishes to address through specific improvement measures at institutional level.
NTNU's first biennial action plan for the Charter and Code 2010-2011 (Norwegian and English versions) was updated in March 2012. The updated Action Plan for 2012-13 is available in Norwegian, as well as in English translation.
How NTNU has implemented the Charter and Code
The Charter and Code describes best practise in Europe as to recruitment, working conditions and career development for researchers. The GAP-analysis conducted in Norway and at NTNU, indicate that Norwegian legislation and NTNU practise is in accordance with the principles of the Charter and Code. Nevertheless, there is always room for improvement:
- At NTNU, experience and best practise is shared across units in institutional networks such as the HR Management Forum, the Controller Forum, the Research Committee and the Deans Meeting.
- More comprehensive development processes are organized as projects, involving management, administrative and academic staff. In the first action plan period 2010-11, the PhD-project and the HR-project focused on important themes in the Charter and Code such as international recruitment, researcher training and competence development.
- In selected areas, NTNU has adopted special action plans. The Action Plan for Gender Equality and the International Action Plan are particularly relevant to the Charter and Code. NTNU's Personnel Policy also sets high standards regarding HR for researchers.
- Surveys are occasionally used to provide input to projects and action plans. NTNU will conduct the second institutional working environment survey in 2012, and the follow-up of this survey will be a priority action at all institutional units in 2012-13.
The EU Commission on 9 March 2010 gave NTNU the right to use the logo "HR Excellence in Research" as an acknowledgement of NTNU's efforts to live by the aims and working methods promoted in the Charter and Code.
If you want to read more about how we have implemented the Charter and Code at NTNU, we have prepared a paper which you may upload.