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HRS4R: Human Resources Strategy for Researchers

The University of Cologne welcomes the opportunity of internal analysis and external evaluation in the framework of the HRS4R and aims at embedding this process in the wide array of current activities in the area of human resources. By implementing the Charter and Code, we aim at attracting the most outstanding researchers within the European Research Area and beyond.

The internal analysis was supervised by the Vice-Rector for Academic Career and Equal Opportunities, Prof. Dr. Ansgar Büschges. A working group was installed consisting of four administrative staff bringing together different areas of expertise relevant to HR matters: the heads of the Department 43 HR Development for Researchers and Department 94 International Science, a member of staff of the Department 12 Strategy and the Office of the Vice-Rector for Academic Staff. As a first step, this group carried out a gap analysis, which combined a document analysis with in-depth interviews with key informants and stakeholders at our university. On this basis, our Action Plan was developed and passed by the Rectorate late in 2018. Please consult our HRS4R Action Plan for our goals and actions (English only). In May 2019, the UoC was granted the HR Excellence in Research Award after a very successful independent review of our strategy on behalf oft he European Commission. In 2021, our progress will again be evaluated by experts.

The process of the HRS4R is overseen by the Committee on HR Matters of Academic Staff (German only). The Committee involves researchers at all stages of their career, as it is composed of representatives of all groups of the university: students, academic staff, professors and administrative staff.

The University of Cologne strictly follows the principles of open, transparent and merit-based recruitment (OTM-R). For non-professorial staff, our guidelines on Attracting and Recruiting Staff cover all stages of the recruitment process and function as an OTM-R policy. Our Appointment Regulations apply to all professorial positions.

Regarding further questions please get in touch with our Vice-Rector for Academic Career and Equal Opportunities.