Since 2017, Nantes Université has been fully invested in the HRS4R process (Human Resources Strategy for Researchers)  and has committed itself to improving recruitment practices and the scope of practice for research personnel. In March 2022, Nantes Université was awarded with the HRS4R certification by the European Commission (HR Excellence in Research).

« With this certification, we wish to shape our human resources policy using a process of continuous improvement. It is essential to have a quality approach in human resources » specifies Françoise Le Fichant, associate Social Responsibility vice-president -  in charge of the gender equality mission.

HR strategy for researchers

Within the framework of the initial phase of the HRS4R project, Nantes Université used the 40 principles stated in the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of conduct for the recruitment of researchers as a basis, in order to do a gap analysis and create their action plan .

The mobilisation of the wider university community made it possible to identify the practices at Nantes Université in relation to the 40 recommendations, in 4 broad areas: ethics and professional orientation ; recruitment practices and careers’ development ; working conditions, and training and professional development .

Following the work carried out in the initial phase of the project, Nantes Université’s action plan was built around the following areas of work :
  • Support of researchers and young researchers when they are taking up their positions
  • Encouragement in the cultivation of research
  • Guarantee of legibility and transparency of HR practices
  • Recognition and appreciation of diversity in careers’ pathways
  • Development of a facilitative and open working environment
Nantes Université will work on developing a shared action plan with the various members.

Our achievements so far

During 2021 Nantes Université deployed certain actions, which correspond completely with the HRS4R process. Indeed, Nantes Université has adopted an action plan to foster gender equality and combat discrimination within the establishment, with the notable implementation of a harassment counselling unit. In the context of the health crisis , the teleworking charter was revised, and it enabled us to extend the use of telework among the Nantes Université personnel. Furthermore, the involvement of Nantes Université in the European EUniWell project, in partnership with six other European universities, demonstrated the establishment’s commitment to the subject of well-being and good working conditions.

The procedure

Other than the operational running, which is carried out by the project team, the running and follow-up of the HRS4R project over time , will mobilise different bodies :
  • The COPIL, which ensures the correct implementation of the procedure and the respect of the calendar, and who validates the orientations ;
  • The COTECH,  bringing together the referents of the actions, which is responsible for the technical implementation of the actions and who identifies and alerts the team about any eventual obstacles or difficulties in the deployment of the project ;
  • The thematic work groups, who ensure the operational implementation of the actions defined in the action plan within the establishment  .
Throughout the process, the university community, made up of research professors, doctoral students, PhDs and personnel from the university’s services, who were already mobilised in the elaboration of the initial phase, will be asked for information and their opinion regarding the deployment of the actions at the level of the establishment.