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22/06/2020 The University of Orléans gained the HR Excellence in Research award.

HR Excellence in Research

The European Commission's Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) has as its aims to ensure the attractiveness of research careers and to improve the recruitment and working conditions of researchers across Europe.

It provides for voluntary compliance with the principles set out in the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. This initiative has resulted in an improvement in the practices of institutions working in the field of research in terms of the recruitment and working environment of researchers.




On June 22, 2020, the University of Orléans was awarded the "Human Resources Excellence in Research" label by the European Commission.

This label underlines the quality of the work carried out by the University in the field of HR management of research personnel and reinforces the attractiveness of the institution to researchers. It also constitutes an asset for obtaining European Union funding for research projects.

This label is organized around 4 main areas, which correspond to the themes and requirements of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, to which the University of Orléans is a signatory:

  • Ethics and practice of the profession of researcher
  • Recruitment (Researcher, Lecturer-Researcher, A.T.E.R, post-doctoral student, doctoral student)
  • Working conditions
  • Training

This project, which is part of an institutional dynamic, has brought together a large number of personnel in working groups. It has required a great deal of discussion and reflection and has made it possible to identify ways of improving practices in these fields. This work led to the development of an action plan that was approved at the Board of Directors meeting in January 2019.

This action plan has already produced a number of results in the field, such as: the generalization of thesis monitoring committees, the systematic publication of positions in two languages on the EURAXESS portal, the implementation of reference grids for contractual research staff, etc., and the upcoming developments driven by this continuous improvement approach are still numerous.

With this label now held by 26 higher education and/or research institutions in France, including 13 French universities, the University of Orléans will continue to deploy its action plan and pursue this dynamic of continuous improvement. We look forward to the publication of the self-assessment of the system in two years' time, and in five years' time to an external audit to be carried out by the European Commission.


Contact ► hrs4r(at)

Documents to be uploaded ▼

Lien utile ► HRS4R Euraxess

Initial phase (2017-2019)

Phase I

Implementation of the Action plan (2020-2022)

Phase II

Implementation of the revised action plan (2022-2024)

Certification renewal phase (from 2025)

Sending the letter of commitment to the European Commission
Gap analysis (between university's own practices and the 40 principles of the Charter and Code)

Development of the action plan to address those gaps identified
Sending of the gap analysis and Action Plan to the European Commission no later than one year after the letter has been sent.

Implementation of the action plan

Self-assessment and development of the revised action plan

Sending of the revised action plan to the European Commission

Implementation of the revised action plan

External evaluation

Site visit carried out by European Commission experts