HR Excellence in Research
LUT University has committed to a good HR policy and practices. As an acknowledgement the European Commission awarded the quality label of HR Excellence in Research to Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) on the 6th of November 2013.
The logo of HR Excellence in Research is a proof of acknowledgement awarded by the European Commission to a research institution that is committed to the Recommendations of the Commission, the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, which define the principles for good HR-policy.
Since expressing the commitment in the beginning of the year 2013, LUT University has undergone the different steps of the HRS4R process: internal audit, gap analysis, action plans, interim assessment and proceeded to the award renewal phase at the end of 2018.
Figure. LUT Human Resources Strategy for Researchers – HRS4R process
In the first action plan for 2013-2015 LUT concentrated on developing three areas, which according to gap analysis required most of the attention, namely recruitment processes, the orientation of new employees and feedback mechanisms. For the next action plan, the years 2016-2018, Dissemination and exploitation of results, Evaluation/appraisal systems, Supervision and managerial duties, and Teaching were chosen as new development areas requiring actions. The latest action plan for the years 2019-2021 partly continues or extends some if the previous actions, but also contains new areas of development. The actions of the latest action plan covers the gap principles of Professional responsibility, Dissemination, exploitation of results, Evaluation/ appraisal systems, Transparency (Code), Career development, Value of mobility, Access to research training and continuous development and Supervision. LUT University's Revised HRS4R Action Plan can be read here.
OTM-R Policy – Open, Transparent and Merit-based Recruitment Policy is an integral part of the strengthened HRS4R process. The openness and transparency in recruitment and merit-based selection of talented researchers are the basis for successful recruitment and key principles in which LUT is adhered. LUT scrutinized its own recruitment processes and practices according to the OTM-R checklist and discovered the current recruitment practices are substantially developed in the most parts. The OTM-R Policy of LUT University can be read here.