HR Excellence in Research

We are committed to continuous improvement – and have the quality label to prove it!

HR Excellence

Taking responsibility and succeeding together are core values in our organization. We put our hearts in the development of our HR practices. In line with our HR Vision 2020, we work to make University of Oulu known for: 

  • Competent and motivated employees who perform and deliver with high quality and high impact results.
  • The best possible working conditions and development opportunities that are created through high-quality leadership and management.
  • Healthy and well-being employees who take an active role to develop their own work, and work together towards the development of the work community.

The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) is a key tool in building on the vision. It is an initiative by the European Commission, supporting research institutions developing the working conditions and recruitment of researchers. The HRS4R process focuses on embedding the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers in the HR policies and practices of the participating institutions. The European Union's policy is to make research an attractive career, which is a vital feature of its strategy to stimulate economic and employment growth.

University of Oulu joined the initiative in 2013 and received the HR Excellence in Research quality label in 2014. The label identifies organizations that progress in the development of their practices. In line with the five steps in the HRS4R process, the work is evaluated at regular intervals in order to maintain the quality label. 

The HRS4R Action Plan describes the key actions we work on in the process. The initial Action Plan was drafted based on a gap analysis in 2013, and has been reviewed and updated regularly to reflect the progress of the actions and new development areas.

Get to know our revised HRS4R Action Plan 2019.  

Our earlier HRS4R documents are HRS4R Action Plan 2016HRS4R Action Plan 2014, and HRS4R Process 2014

Open, transparent and merit-based recruitment (OTM-R) is a cornerstone of our HRS4R process. According to our strategic development plan, recruitment is active and aims at building a top-level staff. Get to know our OTM-R policy.