HR Excellence in Research
The "HR Excellence in Research" is a seal of quality by the European Commission.
In December 2014, IRBLleida was awarded with the "HR Excellence in Research" seal of quality by the European Commission. This quality seal identifies institutions and entities committed to implementing the guidelines of "The European Charter & Code for Researchers" by improving the recruitment process and working conditions of research staff.
Specifically, the European Charter for Researchers defines the roles, responsibilities and rights of researchers and their employers. The aim is to ensure that the relationship between the two parties contributes to an adequate environment for the generation, transfer and sharing of knowledge, while encouraging the professional development of research staff. The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers has been developed with the aim of making selection processes more fair, transparent and merit-based. Merit is measured not only by the number of publications, but also by other criteria such as education and teaching, supervision, teamwork, knowledge transfer, management experience, and awareness-raising activities.
In 2005, the European Commission approved the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. IRBLleida adhered to the Charter and Code in 2010. In view of the commitment made and in accordance with the guidelines of the European Commission's Human Resources Strategy HRS4R «Human Resources Strategy for Researchers» , IRBLleida designed a Human Resources strategy for research staff in line with the Charter and Code and reflected it in an Action Plan.
2014-2016 HRS4R Action PlanMés informació
IRBLleida conducted an internal Gap Analysis , grouping the 40 principles of the Charter and Code into four areas ("Ethical and professional aspects", "Recruitment", "Working conditions and social security" and "Training and professional development") and summarized the main results of the internal analysis and presented the proposed actions in the Action Plan 2014-2016.
2018 - Self assesmentMés informació
In 2018, IRBLleida underwent a self-assesment consisting of a new internal analysis to assess compliance with the 2014-2016 Action Plan.
After receiving the feedback from the European Commission on the self-assessment process carried out, during the years 2019-2020, several actions were carried out to integrate the recommendations received. During these two years, the initial action plan was extended.
- A Steering Committee was appointed to guarantee the continuous overseeing and monitoring of the Human Resources Strategy for Research (HRS4R) process.
- A new internal gap analysis and action plan were developed in an inclusive and open process involving an internal Working Group with representatives from all research professional categories.
2020-2024 HRS4R Action PlanMés informació
The new Action Plan was shared and discussed with the representatives of the centre as well as key stakeholders, and was adopted by consensus by the Human Resources Department, the members of the Working Group, the Managing Director, the Director, and approved by the Executive Board.
The main strategic lines of action are the following:
- Increase awareness and communication about IRBLleida policies on ethics and good scientific practice, including the elaboration of the IRBLleida Code of Ethics and the dissemination of the CERCA Code of Conduct.
- Reinforce the Open, Transparent and Merit-based Recruitment Policy for Researchers by establishing a mechanism for suggestions and complaints and monitoring quality of the process.
- Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion by reviewing and implementing the IRBLleida Equality Plan and the Protocol of prevention and action against discriminatory, moral or sexual harassment.
- Further support the talent through career development actions and activities, including mentoring programmes and the design of a comprehensive Training Policy for the Institute.
- Implement a standard procedure to carry out periodic assessment of the research activities
- Develop a Corporate Social Responsibility Policy aimed at promoting the scientific culture and participation of civil society.
2023 Site visitMés informació
The European Commission requires that institutions that have been awarded the logo be audited every three years to assess progress against their action plan. Every internal audit is followed by a visit from three international experts appointed by the European Commission. The last visit of the international experts to IRBLleida took place on 23 January 2023.
During the Site-Visit IRBLleida presented the impact of the actions performed in the framework of the HRS4R.
IRBLleida successfully retained the HR Excellence in Research Award at the Award Renewal Phase. You can access the consensus report here.
OTM-R PolicyMés informació
Open, transparent and merit-based recruitment processes (OTM-R) guarantee that people with the most appropriate profile for a given job are hired, thus obtaining more equality, improving the competitiveness of national research systems and strengthening collaboration and international cooperation. The OTM-R is one of the main priorities of the European Research Area (ERA) and one of the key pieces of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. IRBLleida has developed a recruitment policy based on the principles of the OTM-R (infographics).
Steering committeeMés informació
- Diego Arango: Scientific director
- Joan Sayós: Deputy director
- Reyes Grases / Joan Vives / Eva López: Management director
- Jose Valdivielso: Principal Investigator (R4)
- Águeda Martínez: Senior Postdoctoral researcher (R3)
- Elena Moscatel: Human Resources Manager
Working / Technical groupMés informació
- Diego Arango: Scientific Director
- Joan Sayós: Deputy director
- Reyes Grases/ Joan Vives / Eva López: Management Director
- Jose Valdivielso: Principal Investigator (R4) and chairman of the Training committee
- Águeda Martínez: Senior Postdoctoral researcher (R3) and chairwoman of the Equality Committee
- David de Gonzalo: Senior Postdoctoral researcher (R3)
- Maite Caus: Junior Postdoctoral researcher (R2)
- Elena Moscatel: Human Resources Manager and Training Committee representative
- Eva López: Administrative Manager and chairwoman of the Quality Committee
- Naiara Vilaginés: Technical Management Office representative
- Meritxell Martín: Works Committee member and Training Committee representative
- Aurora Pérez: Predoctoral researcher (R1)
- Ivan Hidalgo:Predoctoral researcher (R1)
- Milica Bozic: Senior Postdoctoral researcher (R3)
- Meritxell Soria: Communicaction Unit and Training Committee representative
- Adriano Targa: Recognised Researcher (R2)
- M. Alba Sorolla: Established Researcher (R3)
Relevant actions performed in the framework of the HRS4RMés informació
D.2.2 Welcome guide 2022
- Action 5:
Guidelines for the management of the mobility of the foreign researcher in Spain 2017Més informació
As part of the EURAXESS initiative, aiming at promoting the mobility of scientific talent in Europe, FECYT publishes the fifth edition of the "Guidelines for the management of the mobility of the foreign researcher in Spain 2017" and an executive summary.
The guide compiles the main issues that a foreign researcher needs to tackle when coming to work in Spain and it targets both researchers themselves and their hosting institutions. The main topics of the guidelines are the characteristics of the Spanish R&D&I system and the researcher career in the country, the recognition of foreign qualifications for academia and professional purposes, the labor market, the tax and the social security systems, the entry and residency requirements, the health and education systems and the EURAXESS Spain network that gives support to mobile researchers.
|I. 2.1: Number of training activities organized about contractual and legal obligations and other ethical and professional aspects, including IP management||2||2||4|
|I. 3.1: Number of training activities organized about funding mechanism and administrative requirements||1||2||4|
|I. 4.1: Number of dissemination activities carried out by the Scientific Culture Unit based on Responsible Research and Innovation||69||64||76|
|I. 5.1: Number of meetings held by the IRBLleida Equality Commission||4||4||10|
|I. 5.2: Number of dissemination activities organized on gender equality, non-discrimination and equal opportunities||6||20||15|
|I. 5.3: Training courses/activities taken by Comission members||7||7||5|
|I. 7.1: Number of dissemination or training activities carried out about the Recruitment and Selection Policy and OTM-R principles||1||2||1|
|I. 7.2: Number of selection processes carried out||40||47||82|
|I. 7.3: Number of candidates presented||338||301||534|
|I. 7.4: Percentage of interviewees contacted by letter, email or phone||100%||100%||100%|
|I. 8.1: Number of stays in collaborating centers||3||´4||5|
|I. 8.2: Number of researchers intensified or with a co-financed support||6||9||13|
|I. 9.1: Mentors / supervisors appointed||52||49||49|
|I. 10.1: Number of collected complaints and/or appeals||7||17||12|
|I. 11.1: Number of courses and training activities organized||10||14||20|
|I. 11.2: Number of participants in organized training activities.||188||178||303|
|I. OTM-R 4.1: Number of new strategic alliance with other centres (national and international)||0||2||3|
|I. OTM-R 5.1: Number of published offers providing references/links to the policies||13||47||83|
|I. OTM-R 6. 1: Number of job offers published in EURAXESS||0||9||8|
|EXTENDED ACTION PLAN|
|I. 13.1. Number of seminars organized with female figures.||22|
|I.13.2: Number of actions organised on the occasion of 11F.||2|
|I.14.1: Number of working meetings held||2|
|I.16.1: Financial resources earmarked for training||40.804,86 €|
|I.16.1: Number of trainings for the members of the selection committees||1|