HR Award

The HR Award is given by the European Commission to research organizations implementing the HRS4R (Human Resources Strategy for Researchers) strategy. In particular, it should bring an increased interest of foreign scientists and researchers to universities.

HR excellence in research AT UWB

Between 2017 and 2021, eight parts of UWB successfully received and renewed the prestigious HR Award title. However, due to the different timetable for the implementation of eight different action plans, the management of UWB decided to apply for the HR Award as an institution.

Therefore, in February 2022, a letter committing to the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers was signed by the Rector.

This letter was accepted by the European Commission in April 2022, at which time the preparation of the University-wide HR Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) also started. The "HR Award and Equal Opportunities Plan" Working Group, led by Mr Petr Šimon, was appointed to prepare all necessary documents. All steps have been regularly consulted with the management of the UWB, which also approved the whole HRS4R in March 2023. The documents were submitted to the European Commission on 12 April 2023.

UWB received the prestigious HR Award quality certificate at the university level on 12 June, 2023.

Award Recipients at UWB

In 2017, four components of the UWB; the Faculty of Applied Sciences, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, and the New Technologies Research Center subscribed to the principles of the European Charter for Researchers ("Charter") and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers ("Code").

The prestigious HR Award went to the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and the New Technologies Research Center in December, 2018; the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in March, 2019; the Faculty of Applied Sciences in August, 2019; the Faculty of Arts in June, 2020; the Faculty of Education in November 2020; the Faculty of Law in March 2021; the Faculty of Economics in October, 2021 - further expanding the group of award recipients at UWB. These components thus undertook the principles of human resources, specifically focusing on topics such as improving working conditions, transparent recruitment of researchers, career development of researchers, staff appraisals, etc. Steps to improve the above areas have specified components in action plans and are required to be implemented over the next two years.

The benefits of HRS4R implementation are considerable, which is why other departments of the university are gradually subscribing to the principles of the Charter and the Code. Such benefits of obtaining HR Award certification include bonuses for obtaining projects and benefits for drawing overhead costs for projects. The aim of the university is to set up personnel processes according to the requirements of the Charter and the Code and to create working conditions for employees that will enable them to develop personally and professionally. 

Activities related to obtaining and maintaining this award are supported by the university-wide HR Award project, registration number: CZ.02.2.69 / 0.0 / 0.0 / 16_028 / 0006188.