Approach and Analysis


The „European Charter for Researchers. The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment for Researchers", a document divided into four dimensions and made up of 40 principles, was the structural foundation for the internal analysis. These four sections are:

  • Ethical and professional aspects
  • Recruitment
  • Working Conditions & social security
  • Training

Starting in March 2011, more than 20 key personalities (members of staff and process owners, heads of boards and organizational members, as well as researchers from various departments and areas of expertise) were questioned about the current situation at BOKU regarding the 40 principles of the Charta in semi-structured face-to-face interviews. The answers were divided into applicable and relevant legislation, internal guidelines and processes, as well as individual and general descriptions of the situation; and were then listed in a report in table form (EU Template for Gap Analysis) to provide an overview.

Fortunately, the results of the internal analysis were that BOKU already makes use of numerous measures to fulfil the principles of the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. Nevertheless, there is still room for improvement and potential for development could be identified. In accordance with rectorate, the topics and spheres of activity were ranked and a time perspective for the next relevant developmental steps, which should occur by 2016, was determined (see Action Plan).

The internal interim evaluation is planned for 2014; the external evaluation will be carried out in 2016.

HRS4R Report and Action Plan 2012 (English)