Utrecht University aims to attract talented researchers both from the Netherlands and abroad. The organisation encourages researchers in their further career development, supported by an effective HR policy. 

European Commission acknowledgement

Utrecht University has been acknowledged by the European Commission as an institution having achieved ‘HR Excellence in Research’. The university gained this recognition for meeting most of the principles laid down in the ‘European Charter for Researchers’ as well as in the ‘Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers’ (jointly called ‘the Charter and Code’ in short).

Charter and code of conduct

The European Commission has approved the ‘Charter & Code’ to further an attractive, open and sustainable European job market for researchers. Utrecht University endorses the 40 chief principles laid down in the Charter & Code and therefore participates in the HR Strategy for Researchers project (HRS4R). Aim of this project is implementing the principles in the Charter & Code in our organisation.

Internal analysis and action plan

For the purpose of the HRS4R- project, an internal analysis was carried out of the HR policy at Utrecht University. It has appeared that our HR policy meets most of the principles in the Charter & Code. In order to fully meet all the principles, the university has launched an action plan which is to be executed in the near future. The European Commission has rated both the internal analysis and the action plan as ‘Excellent’ and consequently awarded Utrecht University the ‘HR Excellence in Research’ logo.