HR Excellence in Research

HR Excellence in Research is a logo, a proof of acknowledgement, awarded by the European Commission to research institutions that are committed to the Recommendations of the Commission, the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, that define the principles for good HR-policy.

The European Commission awarded the acknowledgement and the quality label to LUT University on the 6th of November 2013.

LUT University has committed to follow the Recommendations of the Commission and to undergo an HR Strategy for Researchers –strategy process.

To get the acknowledgement, LUT made an internal audit and a gap analysis process, in which the current state of the university was compared to the Recommendations of the Commission. LUT's strategy and existing internal action plans were also taken into consideration in the process. Three development areas, that were not yet covered by any of the existing action plans, were identified. By analyzing the internal processes and feedback from the teaching and research staff, following three areas were chosen: recruitment processes, initiation of new employees and feedback mechanisms. Based on the audit, the Action Plan for the years 2013-2015  was created. This action plan defined measures that LUT needed to take to meet the Commission's Recommendations.

The planned measures have been now accomplished. The execution of the first Action Plan has been assessed in the report ‘Self-Assessment of HRS4R Action Plan', which contains also the updated Action Plan for the years 2015-2017. Dissemination and exploitation of results, evaluation/appraisal systems, supervision and managerial duties, and teaching were chosen as new development areas for the years 2015-2017.

The progress on these areas will be followed and assessed every two years. The feedback from the staff will indicate if desired outcomes have been reached.

Further information

Quality Manager, Annikka Nurkka, tel. +358 400 555 784,
HR Services Manager, Anu Honkanen, tel. 040 158 7095,

LUT University

Lappeenranta Campus
Skinnarilankatu 34
53850 Lappeenranta, Finland
Tel. +358 29 446 2111

Lahti Campus
Saimaankatu 11
15140 Lahti, Finland
Tel. +358 29 446 3368

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