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The University of Tours obtains the Human Resources Strategy For Researchers (HRS4R) label !

The University of Tours is proud to announce that, after two years of consultation and work with all the stakeholders involved in research, has obtained the HRS4R label, which is now essential in the European Research Area (ERA).

The last news :

- March 21, 2024 : presentation and training webinar on the eLabFTW tool - Electronic Laboratory Notebooks (ELT) ; to access the video and the discussions, click here

- January 4, 2024 : positive opinion and validation of the self-assessment report by the European Commission, with continued implementation of the action plan during the second three-year phase (renewal phase).

 October 26, 2023 : transmission of the interim self-assessment report of the project (including the OTM-R) to the European Commission. French version also available on the original HRS4R website :

- September 4, 2023 : meeting of the Strategic Steering Committee for presentation of the project's progress before the self-evaluation report is sent.

- January 23, 2023 afternoon : meeting of the Strategic Steering Committee (powerpoint document in French), followed by a conference "Mentoring for newly appointed teacher-researchers" with the following speakers: Prof. K. GUCCIONE, University of Glasgow (UK), Head of Research Culture & Researcher Development; Prof. G. LAMEUL, University of Rennes, Head of Master Stratégie et Ingénierie de Formation d'Adultes; Dr. M. SCHICKA, University of Fribourg (Switzerland), Coordinator of the Réseau Romand de Mentoring pour Femmes (access to the program / consult the videos)

Upcoming events :

- September 25, 2024 : next meeting of the Strategic Steering Committee

What is this label ?

The HRS4R label (for "Human Resources Strategy for Research") aims to improve the practices of research organisations and institutions in terms of the recruitment and working environment of researchers. It is an asset for obtaining European funding and a guarantee for foreign applicants that they will find a common set of principles. Obtained for five years, its renewal is subject to an analysis of the progress of the implementation of our plan.

Why is this important for our university ?

The process undertaken to obtain the label enabled our university to carry out an in-depth analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the working environment of researchers. With this label, the university's employees are assured of a process of constant improvement of their working conditions and their career prospects. It is also the assurance of a positive dynamic both for those applying for a position at the university and for obtaining funds and participation in European programmes, which require the label. Finally, it is an opportunity to strengthen the visibility of our institution abroad.

Some examples of planned actions.

Among the actions envisaged, we can mention the drafting of a vade mecum for the Directors of Units, a reinforcement of the actions around ethics, a better valorisation of mobility, including among the BIATSS, the need to translate into English a number of important documents, in particular for competitions for university posts, or a better follow-up and harmonisation of the salaries of post-doctoral students.

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