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HR Excellence in research

In order to recruit, inspire and develop academic talent from home and abroad, Leiden University has developed a strong HR policy for researchers.

Charter and code of conduct

The European Commission has published a ‘European charter for researchers’ and a ‘Code of conduct for the recruitment of researchers’. These include 40 principles for creating an open and attractive European labour market for researchers, from open recruitment to a healthy working environment, from opportunities for career development to social security. Leiden University subscribes to these principles and has modelled its HR policy on them.

In 2015, the European Commission rewarded our efforts with the ‘HR Excellence in Research’ quality label. As a researcher, you are therefore assured of an excellent staff policy.

Being sharp, staying sharp

The HR quality label is a starting point and not an end point. For Leiden University, it is an incentive for continuous improvement. In order to determine whether the European Commission’s principles were being adequately implemented, an internal audit was conducted in 2017, which led to a number of action points. An external audit is planned in 2020, which should help us stay sharp.

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