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Charter and Code at UiO

The University of Oslo aims to provide for academic staff to realise their potential in a positive environment for working and learning. The process leading to Strategy 2020 and efforts to map how the Charter and Code should be implemented at the University have resulted in an action plan.

In June 2010 the European Commission conferred an "excellence" badge to UiO in recognition of its follow-up efforts of the Charter & Code


UiO's goals and ambitions

In spring 2010, the University adopted a new long-term strategy defining the direction of efforts to improve working conditions for academic staff. Strategy 2010 states that:

  • The progress of academic staff will be followed more closely, with clear frameworks for expectations and development opportunities. Career possibilities and competency requirements will be clarified.
  • During the strategy period, a policy will be evolved to increase predictability for staff on fixed-term contracts, e.g. through long-term employment plans. The University will abolish the improper use of fixed-term contracts and define clearly the proper use of such contracts. Staff on fixed-term contracts will be ensured good follow-up through career advice and skills development.
  • The University must have a broad recruitment base, which implies an active equality and recruitment policy of equal opportunities for all. The University will strive for a better gender balance in the various career-stages through the recruitment process and follow-up of employees.

European initiative for better working conditions for researchers

The European Research Area (ERA) focuses on the need to improve working conditions, training and career paths for researchers.
Good working conditions for researchers are seen as a prerequisite for future sustainable economic growth and Europe’s ability to succeed in global competition.
Originally, the European Commission prepared a set of guidelines for good practice in recruitment and working conditions for researchers. In 2005, these were compiled in two documents: The European Charter for Researchers and The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Charter and Code), which are now becoming recognised guidelines. See the list of institutions which have endorsed the Charter and Code on the European Commission EURAXESS-website ( The Charter and Code are recommendations, and it is therefore a voluntary for institutions to apply them actively.

  • The University of Oslo endorsed the Charter and Code in June 2009

EU wishes to make the Charter and Code better known, and motivate institutions to translate these guidelines into practice. A "soft" mechanism, HR Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R), which institutions are recommended to apply, has therefore been established.

  • On signing the Charter and Code, the UiO also subscribed to the HRS4R process and is currently implementing it. Read more about HRS4R at UiO.

Action plan for academic staff

The efforts to pursue both the University’s own ambitions and the European guidelines for recruitment and working conditions for researchers will be materialised in two-year action plans - as set out in Strategy 2020.
The University Board approved the first action plan on April 27th 2010. The first planning period (2010-2012) will focus on recruitment, follow-up of academic staff on fixed-term contracts, professional development and protected research time. Read more about the Action Plan for Academic Staff (pdf).

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Published May 18, 2010 3:03 PM - Last modified Mar. 13, 2017 10:08 AM