After an evaluation and an on-site audit in June 2021, the European Commission's rapporteurs have given a favourable opinion to the University of Montpellier's application for renewal of the European label "HR Excellence in Research". 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 strategy for research (HRS4R) deployed by the UM since 2015, which aims to support the research professions by improving the support of researchers in their careers, favouring their working conditions and their mobility in the European area while reinforcing the attractiveness of the University.

Application for renewal of the HR Excellence in Research label submitted in December 2020
In 2020, the UM carried out an end-of-cycle self-assessment, based on collective reflection and cross-directional work, which led to the emergence of a new action plan for the period 2020-2023. The elements of the renewal dossier, approved by the Board of Directors on 14 December 2020 and validated in June 2021 by three experts from the European Commission, include

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

Reminder - The UM obtains the European label "HR Excellence in Research

Since March 2015, the University of Montpellier has been deploying a Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) which reflects its commitment to evolve its practices and to move towards 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 the research profession 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, the 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 the UM has set up regular monitoring (with self-assessment and updating of the action plan halfway through and at the end of the cycle). The label is awarded for an initial period of 5 years and is renewable in 3-year cycles. 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.

This certification is a real asset for obtaining funding, particularly European funding, and helps to secure the European funding received by the UM (Article 18 in Horizon Europe) and gives the institution greater visibility and attractiveness on a national and international level.

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