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Higher Education in Europe

The European Charter for Researchers

The Charter, issued in 2005, addresses all researchers in the EU. It is a general set of principles and requirements; specifying the roles, responsibilities and entitlements of researchers, as well as employers and / or funders of researchers.

The Charter document includes a Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. The Code of Conduct aims to develop an attractive, open and sustainable European labour market for researchers. It outlines general principles when recruiting research staff.

European Charter for Researchers - The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers

European certification for genuinely good HR practice for research staff

Technopolis have been contracted by the European Commission to undertake a feasibility study on a proposed new certification at European level for good human resources management for researchers in the public sector.

This feasibility study builds on a range of initiatives including the European Charter and Code for Researchers and the European Partnership for Researchers through which the European Commission have aimed to drive changes in the way human capital is managed and developed. Human resources management is one of a number of areas where the European Commission is keen to see more progress across Europe in order to complete the European Research Area. Please note that the feasibility study focuses on the best ways of implementing an accreditation mechanism rather than exploring the potential value of such a mechanism.

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Higher Education Strategy in Europe

Education, training and resources are at the core of a future strategy for Europe that will be based on developing a strong education system and synergies between member states. These factors combined will ensure that knowledge becomes an engine for sustainable growth, allowing us to collectively move out of the global financial downturn towards greater opportunities and social cohesion.

The future strategy for education and training in Europe is based on 2 key European Commission documents:

The Europe 2020 Strategy, which aims to further develop growth and job creation by focusing on key policy areas including education. EFEE closely follows the flagship initiatives ‘Youth on the move’ and ‘Agenda for new skills for new jobs’ and the forthcoming EC policies and funding possibilities.

The Education and Training 2020, which is a strategic framework adopted in May 2009. The strategy targets all levels of education and training and includes 4 main objectives:

  • Making lifelong learning and mobility a reality
  • Improving the quality and efficiency of education and training
  • Promoting equity, social cohesion and active citizenship
  • Enhancing creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Wider Europe Higher Education policy matters

UCEA's work in Europe, through CEEP UK and EFEE, is in relation to employment matters and social dialogue with the trade unions. For information on broader HE policy in relation to Europe, please visit the website of the UK Higher Education International Unit.

Page last updated August 2013