At the very end of November, we completed the year-long efforts of members of the Expert Team, the Working Group, the Steering Committee and other participating colleagues to obtain the HR Award for our faculty by sending key documents to the European Commission for assessment.
The first of the documents is the Gap Analysis. Based on a questionnaire survey, Working Group meetings and consultations with experts, it identifies weaknesses in fulfilling the principles of the Charter and Code within their four thematic headings (ethical and professional aspects, recruitment and selection, working conditions and social security, education and development). Using the results of this Analysis, a second key document was created – the Action Plan. This proposes specific measures to improve the identified weaknesses, and a timetable for their implementation.
During their processing, we also discussed the form of the documents with the Departments Heads, at meetings of the Academic Senate and at meetings of the Steering Committee. Their final version was then approved by the Steering Committee HR Award FF MU before being sent.
Over a period of four weeks, we will receive feedback from the European Commission on the administrative eligibility check of the application and, by the end of March 2021 at the latest, a consensus report with the general assessment outcome. If we succeed, we will receive the HR Excellence in Research Award (abbreviated as HR Award).
We would like to thank all colleagues who participated in the preparation of the Gap Analysis and the Action Plan for their dedication, valuable ideas, suggestions, comments and further support to the HR Award.
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