The University of Granada (UGR) adhered formally to the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers in 2016. These documents of the European Union set out the guidelines for European universities and research centres to improve the employment and working conditions of researchers, making research more attractive in Europe.
The Governing Board of the UGR believes that our University should be deeply involved at all levels to improve the working environment of our researchers. To this end, a working group created in 2015, formed by the Vice-Rectorates for Research and Knowledge Transfer, for Internationalization and for Teaching and Research staff, has been working on an Action Plan to apply the requirements established in these documents at our University.
The process will conclude when we attain the 'Human Resources Excellence in Research' award, a distinction awarded by the European Union to institutions implementing an action plan to apply the requirements of the Charter & Code for Researchers. This will increase the visibility of the University of Granada and its capacity to attract talent.
The process we are developing is also essential to fulfill article 32 of Grant Agreements of projects within Horizon 2020, which establishes the obligation to take measures to implement the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. If it is not fulfilled, the measures set out in article 6A of the Grant Agreement regulating the eligibility of costs can be applied. A survey comprising 1,590 researchers was carried out to analyse the perceived weaknesses of the institution regarding this topic. The results were essential to establish the drafted Action Plan.
We expect utmost involvement and consensus on behalf of the university community with the process that is being carried out to adapt our conditions to the European guidelines. This is why, we have created a suggestion box available to any person or group of people who wish to put forward possible improvements to the document.
Enrique Herrera Viedma
Vice-Rector of Research and Knowledge Transfer