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Human Resources Excellence in Research

Aalto University has been awarded the “HR Excellence in Research” -award by the European Commission as the first university in Finland in 2012.
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The award is a public recognition that Aalto University is committed to act in a responsible and respectable way, to provide a stimulating and favorable working environment for research, and has a strong commitment to implement fair, transparent and merit-based recruitment procedures for researchers.

The Human Resources Strategy for Researcher (HRS4R)

The European Commission’s Human Resources Strategy for Researches (HRS4R) aims at better employment and working conditions for researchers throughout Europe. The main tools in achieving this is goal is the implementation of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

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  • The European Charter for Researchers addresses the roles, responsibilities and entitlements of researchers and their employers. The goal is to ensure that everyone contributes to the production and sharing of knowledge, and to the career development of researchers.

  • The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers seeks to improve the recruitment practices by making the selection processes as transparent and fair as possible.

The implementation of the Charter & Code principles by research institutions render them more attractive to researchers looking for a new employer or for a host for their research project.

The European Commission recognizes with the "HR Excellence in Research Award" the institutions, which make progress in aligning their human resources policies to the 40 principles of the Charter & Code, based on a customized action plan/HR strategy.

HRS4R-process at Aalto University

Since committed to complying with HRS4R-policies in 2012, Aalto University has gone through the different steps of the HRS4R-process: first internal audit with gap analysis and action plan, followed by interim assessment in 2015, and finally the award renewal in 2019.

Commitment to HRS4R-policies supports Aalto University in implementing its people strategy and achieving the goals set. Aalto University aims to offer its employees an inspiring working environment, challenging tasks, good working conditions and encouraging career systems. Aalto University implements effective people processes that support academic leadership and enable high-quality research and education. As an employer, Aalto University invest into staff well-being, competence development, and the creation of a well-functioning, multicultural community.

The latest Aalto HRS4R Strategy and Action Plan is available here.

Aalto University’s academic recruitments policy

Open, transparent and merit-based (OTM-R) recruitment policies defined by the European Commission are the cornerstone of our academic recruitments. All our academic recruitments are guided by defined policies that ensure a fair and transparent process.

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