Human Resources Strategy in Research – HRS4R

Project: HR Excellence in Research University of Ostrava"

Reg. No.: CZ.02.2.69/0.0/0.0/16_028/0006225

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The University of Ostrava obtained one of significant awards related to the HR policy in research. It has succeeded to fulfil strict criteria of the European Commission and to obtain the HR Excellence in Research Award. Among other institutions having this award, there is for instance Swiss CERN or the University of Oxford.

The University of Ostrava wants to be not only a highly regarded education institution (which is supported by the fact that we recently succeeded to acquire institutional accreditation and to receive financial means to build new university buildings), but also a first-rate research institution. Doing “good science” requires quality researchers and obtaining the HR Award, which was granted to the University of Ostrava as to the third university in the Czech Republic, will help us to create good working conditions for researchers and to attract co-workers from abroad,” said the Rector of the University of Ostrava prof. MUDr. Jan Lata, CSc.

Now is the time to fulfil our commitments from the Action Plan. It means that there is a lot of hard work ahead of us in a number of HR related areas. Also because of the constant changes in the academic environment, we will need to flexibly adjust the strategy to fulfil the principles of the Charter and Code. I believe that we will achieve it, that we will retain the award and that we will create working conditions for the researchers which will allow us to attract many new talents,” says Vice-Rector of the University of Ostrava and guarantor of the project doc. Mgr. Pavel Drozd, Ph.D.


OUR PROGRESS SO FAR

In 2005, European Commission created the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers to contribute to development of an attractive, open, and permanent European labour market for researchers, where regulations shall enable to recruit and keep high quality researchers in environment supporting effective work and productivity.

European policy of human resources management in the field of science and research has been supported also by Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports by means of Operational Programme Research, Development and Education. University of Ostrava has also joined this programme and has become a successful applicant for support from the Ministry of Education with the project “HR Excellence in Research na Ostravské univerzitě”.

In November 2017, University of Ostrava sent commitment letter to European Commission including endorsement of principles of Charter and Code and commitment to take the necessary steps to implement HR strategy in compliance with principles of Charter and Code to obtain the “HR Excellence in Research Award”. Consequently, by November 2018, we must provide the European Commission with results of our Gap Analysis and Action Plan.

University employees got involved in the project by completing a survey, which was distributed through the university in the second half of May 2018.

To achieve the best results and correct procedures in processing the application for the HR Excellence in Research logo, we have cooperated (and we are going to keep cooperating) with other universities as well, Czech and foreign, in the form of international workshops and study visits.

Currently, we are in the implementation phase of the project, i.e. we are implementing the actions from the Action Plan, because 24 months later, we will have to perform interim assessment. Once it will be done, our progress and new targets will be assessed every three years.

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Details of the Project

Timeline of Initiation Phase
Endorsement of The European Charter and The Code principles December 1, 2017
Internal Gap Analysis and Action Plan preparationJanuary – November 2018
Submission of  the Gap Analysis and Action Plan to the European Commission and publishing the documents on the university websiteNovember 28, 2018
Successful administrative eligibility check of the application (Gap Analysis, Action Plan, OTM-R checklist) by the European CommissionDecember 3, 2018
Requirement from the European Commission to revise the applicationJanuary 23, 2019
Submission of revised application to the European CommissionMarch 15, 2019
Successful administrative eligibility check of the revised application by the European CommissionApril 4, 2019
Initial assessment of the application and grantingMay 6, 2019
Timeline of Implementation
Action Plan ImplementationFrom December 2018
Internal Interim Self-Assessment of the original Action plan and creation of a revised Action Plan for following 36 moths24 months after obtaining the HR Award
Implementation of the revised Action Plan based on the Interim Assessment and External Assessment & Site visit 36 months after Interim Self-Assessment

Project Outputs


Team Members

HR Award Steering Committee:
Project Guarantordoc. Mgr. Pavel Drozd, Ph.D. Vice-Rector for Science
SupervisorMgr. Monika ŠumberováHead of Rector´s Office
HR ManagerIng. Jana Kuchařová 
HR Award Working Group:
Coordinator of Strategy and Ethics Groupdoc. Mgr. Pavel Drozd, Ph.D.
Group membersMgr. Lucie Dokoupilová, Ph.D., MBA
RNDr. Tomáš Drobík, Ph.D.
doc. RNDr. Jan Hradecký, Ph.D.
doc. PhDr. Diana Svobodová, Ph.D.
doc. Mgr. Soňa Vávrová, Ph.D.
Mgr. Denisa Višňovská
doc. MUDr. Václav Procházka, Ph.D., MSc., MBA
Coordinator of HR GroupIng. Jana Kuchařová
Group membersMgr. Libor Běhounek, Ph.D.
Ing. Mgr. Vítězslav Bican, Ph.D.
Bc. Lucie Holubová
Ing. Ladislava Petrů
Mgr. Martin Sieber
Jana Šomková
Mgr. Monika Šumberová
Coordinator of Popularization GroupMgr. Adam Soustružník
Group membersMgr. Martina Hoňková
Ing. Andrea Svobodová
Mgr. Jan Fric
Ing. Petra Čubíková
Mgr. Tomáš Fabík
Project Team:
Head of ProjectMgr. Helena Repaňová
Financial Manager Mgr. Jiřina Hladká
AdministratorAnna Frydrychová

Updated: 12. 06. 2019