HR Excellence in Research

In October 2013 NUI Galway was awarded the HR Excellence in Research Logo by the European Commission in recognition of our commitment in implementing the principles of European Charter & Code for Researchers.  The Charter and Code includes 40 principles and requirements which specifies the roles, responsibilities and entitlements of researchers as well as of employers and/or funders of researchers. 

The award has been obtained through our participation in the HR Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) which included carrying out a Gap analysis of the University’s policies and practices against the principles of the Charter & Code and the development of an action plan to identify areas for improvements.

Following the Gap Analysis, a Strategy & Action Plan was completed identifying a number of key areas for change and further development. The progress of the Action Plan will be monitored and an internal review will be carried out in 2015 followed by an external evaluation in four years.

The award of the HR Excellence in Research logo will support our researchers in their proposals to attract international funding and researchers to NUI Galway and will increase the international profile of the University.

Following submission of revised and updated {Gap Analysis} and {Strategy and Action Plan} in October 2015 NUI Galway successfully achieved stage 4 of the process and retained the award with feedback from EU assessors' confirming; “thanks to the very good, exhaustive and robust information provided, assessors have come up to the conclusion that NUI Galway is clearly committed towards the full achievement of the HRS4R process.”

External review by the EU assessment team is due in 2018.

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