Accreditation

On May 20th, 2016, the University of Udine officially obtained the HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission.

The Recommendation of the European Commission dated March 11th, 2005, was adopted by the Italian Universities that are members of the CRUI (Conference of Rectors of Italian Universities) in Camerino in July 2005; in 2008, the University of Udine, together with seven other universities, started the process to adopt and apply the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Charter & Code) in the internal regulations and in the daily life of the University. A first proposal for a Human Resources Strategy and Action Plan in line with the principles of the Charter & Code was submitted in 2011 for approval by the European Commission (EC) but, due to the lack of involvement of the main recipients in the process, young researchers, both members of the internal staff or not, the evaluation was not successful.

The University continued to pursue with determination the path started: in 2012 a questionnaire (Internal Analysis 2012) was administered to all employees, permanent or not, who carried out research activities in the University, with the aim of developing actions aimed at improving both the working conditions and the individual awareness of specific aspects of professionalism. The first Charter & Code Working Group was established in May 2014, and a new proposal for a Human Resources Strategy and Action Plan, developed by the Working Group, shared with all the University offices and approved by the Academic Senate, was sent to the EC in October 2015. The proposal was accepted with reservation in January 2016; the Human Resources Strategy and the Action Plan of the University of Udine, updated in the light of the observations expressed by the evaluators, were sent to the EC on May 13th, 2016, and on May 20th, 2016, the University of Udine officially obtained the HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission.

In May 2018 an Internal Assessment was sent to the EC to take stock of the state of implementation of the proposed actions, and in September of the same year a Charter & Code Working Group was set up, formally appointed with a Rector’s Decree No. 766 on 9/11/2018.

In January 2019, the evaluators replied by encouraging the University to continue the virtuous path it has taken and suggesting that some corrective actions be taken to improve its already positive performance.

In January 2021, Prof. Silvia Bolognini was appointed, with a Rector’s Decree No. 31 on 20/01/2021, as the Rector's contact person for the European Charter for Researchers.

At the end of 2021 a new Charter & Code Working Group was appointed by the Rector’s Decree No. 1017 dated 27/10/2021Prof. Silvia Bolognini is confirmed as Rector’s representative for the European Charter for Researchers (academic year 2021/2022) by the Rector’s Decree No. 904 dated 07/10/2021.