The HR strategy for researchers - HRS4R

By improving the conditions for free research, promoting an open labour market for researchers, and enabling recruitment and retaining outstanding researchers, a strong European Research Area can be established and with it an attractive, sustainable and attractive labour market for researchers. The European Charter for Researchers is a set of general principles and requirements which specify the roles, responsibilities, and entitlements of researchers as well as of employers and/or funders of researchers. The code of conduct for the recruitment of researchers consists of a set of general principles and requirements that should be followed by employers and/or funders when appointing or recruiting researchers.


In October 2018, former Vice-Chancellor Björn Brorström made a formal decision stating that the University of Borås was to apply for the HR Excellence in Research Award. In connection to this, the Vice-Chancellor's Advisory Council was selected as the steering committee and a project group was assembled, responsible for coordinating the project and the application. In 2019, the project group has worked on writing the application and identifying development areas and during early 2020 reference groups was involved in the project. The aim is to submit a final application during the first half of the year 2020.

Feedback and Questions

The project requires the involvement of a broad range of researchers as well as administrative staff and management, and the opportunity to give feedback. This has beencarried out in different ways, including workshops with the reference groups with staff selected by Dean of Faculties and Head of Professional Services. Another possibility was to give feedback through an online form.

If you would like to give feedback or if you have any questions about the project, please contact project coordinator Helena Gjertz.

Documents and Decisions

The progress of the project will be possible to follow by accessing the decisions and documents produced, and these will be available at Documents and Decisions.