The University of Montpellier renews its European "HR Excellence in Research" label for three years

Following an evaluation and on-site audit in June 2021, the European Commission's rapporteurs have given a favorable opinion on the University of Montpellier's application for renewal of its European "HR Excellence in Research" label. The UM has thus renewed its label of excellence for a three-year cycle (until 2024). HR Excellence in research logoThis decision reinforces the Human Resources for Research strategy (HRS4R) deployed by the UM since 2015, which aims to support research professions by improving support for researchers in their careers, promoting their working conditions and mobility in the European area while enhancing the University's attractiveness.
Application for renewal of HR Excellence in Research label submitted in December 2020
During 2020, the UM carried out an end-of-cycle self-evaluation, based on collective reflection and cross-directional work, which led to the emergence of a new action plan for the 2020-2023 period. The elements of the renewal dossier, approved by the Board of Directors on December 14, 2020 and validated in June 2021 by three experts from the European Commission, include:

  1. The HRS4R 2020 report
  2. HRS4R 2017-2019 completion status
  3. The UM OTM-R Charter
  4. The revised HRS4R action plan for 2020-2023

Reminder - UM awarded European "HR Excellence in Research" label

Since March 2015, the University of Montpellier has been rolling out a Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) that reflects its commitment to evolving its practices and moving closer to the recommendations of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (C&C). These two texts, adopted in 2005 by the European Commission (EC), aim to promote research careers in Europe. As a result, the UM was the first French university to receive the "HR Excellence in Research" label from the European Commission in March 2015(to be renewed in June 2021).
For several years now, UM has been pursuing this strategy to support research and promote excellence in human resources for research (good working conditions, open, transparent, merit-based recruitment (OTM-R), and career support)
HRS4R is a quality approach, based on the principle of continuous improvement, for which UM has set up regular monitoring (with self-assessment and updating of the action plan mid-cycle and at the end of the cycle). Awarded for an initial period of 5 years, the label is renewable in 3-year cycles. Carried out in March 2017, a mid-term self-assessment was positively evaluated by the European Commission and led to the revision of the action plan for 2017-2019.
A real asset when it comes to obtaining funding, particularly European funding, this certification helps to secure the European funding received by UM (Article 18 in Horizon Europe) and gives the establishment greater visibility and attractiveness both nationally and internationally.
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