HR Excellence in Research

Equal opportunities for everyone and for all researchers worldwide. Radboud University considers transparency on the labour market important and wants to improve this for researchers. We do this by publishing our vacancies publicly, facilitating an accessible working atmosphere and providing plenty of career opportunities.

Charter & Code

To create an open and transparent European research climate, the European Commission has adopted a European Charter for Researchers and a Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

These two documents, addressed to researchers as well as to employers and funders in both the public and private sectors, are key elements in the European Union's policy to make researcher an attractive career.

More information about The European Charter and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

Logo HR Excellence in Research

The programme HR Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) encourages research institutions to implement the Charter and Code in their policies. The HR excellence in research logo is awarded to research institutions that have been acknowledged by the European Commission for having made significant progress in implementing the Charter & Code.

Radboud University: Committed to HRS4R

Because Radboud University believes an open and transparent European research climate to be important, the university joined the HRS4R in 2013 aiming to incorporate the Charter & Code. Radboud University formally went through an accreditation and audit process at the time and has since then received permission to use the logo HRS4R as a demonstration of being a good employer for researchers.

A new accreditation and audit process is carried out every three years. The last time, in 2020, the assessment took place through a 'site visit', in which the European external evaluation committee issued a positive assessment after viewing documents and conducting discussions with various internal stakeholders. The committee has given some recommendations for improvement that the university will work on.

Because there is always room for improvement, Radboud University has invested further in its HR policy in recent years. This is done as an elaboration of the new University strategy 'A significant impact'. Based on the strategic HR agenda, various concrete improvement actions have been carried out. The necessary improvement actions will also be initiated in the coming years. In 2023, the strategic HR action plan was described and submitted in writing to the European Commission for a reassessment. The organisation is currently waiting for the final assessment report.