Charter and Code
Researcher recruitment and mobility,”Better Careers and More Mobility”, have been chosen as a focus area and means of achieving a European Research Area (ERA). Better employment and working conditions for researchers throughout Europe, thereby helping to enhance the attractiveness of European research careers, is high on the agenda.
The Charter and Code are therefore important in terms of addressing the challenges relating to researcher recruitment and mobility at the national and European levels. The Norwegian Ministry of Research and Higher Education has given the Research Council of Norway the responsibility to follow up this work in Norway.
What is Charter and Code?
What is the status of Charter and Code in Norway?
What does it mean to be a Charter and Code signatory?
Which Norwegian research institutions are Charter and Code signatories?
What does it mean to implement Charter and Code?
Which Norwegian research institutions have implemented Charter and Code?
Which sources are available to implement Charter and Code?
The European Commission's Recommendation on the "European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers”, referred to as the Charter and Code, are two documents containing recommendations concerning the responsibilities and obligations of researchers, employers and funders as regards working conditions, knowledge development and the sharing of knowledge, career planning for researchers and researcher mobility.
In 2008, the Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions (UHR) carried out a national gap analysis that showed that Norwegian research institutions largely satisfy the principles, among other things as a result of the Norwegian regulations. On certain points, there is nevertheless a potential for improvement. and the self-assessment endeavours to shed light on how the Research Council can best support efforts in that connection. Career advice and development of evaluation and appraisal systems are among the least developed fields in Norway. In addition, a general focus on improvements will make Norwegian research institutions even more attractive to the best researchers.
UHR - Gap analysis (PDF-119.8 KB)
Research institutions and funding organisation endorse the Charter and Code with intentions to follow the principles. The institution is not required to fulfil all the principles before signing, neither are the Charter and Code principles are not absolute demands. The Charter and Code work is primarily an awareness process, which sets researchers` working conditions on the agenda and through which will contribute to an improvement of researchers` careers.
Endorse the Charter and Code principles by sending a letter to the European Commission and send a scanned copy to the Research Council of Norway.
Address European Commission:
B-1049 Brussels - Belgium
Suggested Signatory template (-25.9 KB)
There is a simple 5-step process to guide institutions in the adoption of the Charter and Code principles. Once step 1-3 is conducted, the right to use the “HR Excellence in Research” logo is awarded.
1. An internal analysis by the research institution to compare institutional practices against the Charter and Code principles, involving all key institutional stakeholder, including researchers.
Sources to implement Charter and Code
The EU HR-Strategy and template for internal analysis are useful sources in the implementation process:
EU HR-Strategy (PDF-94 KB)
Internal analysis template (PDF-111.4 KB)