UTA recognised for commitment to improving the status of researchers
The European Commission granted the University of Tampere permission to use the HR Excellence in Research label, which indicates that the university is committed to improving the status and careers of researchers.
The University of Tampere already previously committed to the aims of the European Charter for Researchers issued by the European Commission. In 2014, UTA conducted an internal analysis according to the European Commission guidelines and drafted the Good to do Research! action plan.
Good to do research! is a development project with the aim of developing the modes of operating that concern researchers’ employment contracts, careers and working environments. The project is also a part of the university’s quality management system, which means that its results are evaluated at regular intervals.
According to the Good to do Research! action plan, the university offers researchers courses on document legislation and data protection, communications and research ethics. The university also develops support for funding applications and strengthens its innovation services.
The university also develops training and counselling that concerns postdoctoral employment. In the future, the development discussions of doctoral students will include a self-evaluation with the aim of aiding the students to recognise their own strengths and aspirations.
The support services for international employees will also be developed. Postdoctoral researchers will be offered opportunities for working abroad.
In the autumn of 2014, the university was granted the status of an international EURAXESS Service Centre, which offers researchers information on immigration to Finland and on living and working in the country.
The HRS4R process at the University of Tampere
The European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers
The source: University of Tampere http://blogs.uta.fi/news/2015/04/17/uta-recognised-for-commitment-to-improving-the-status-of-researchers/
Researchers at TAUCHI research centre. Photo by Opa Latvala.