We share the vision of a European Research Area with free circulation of researchers, scientific knowledge, and technology. Within the YUFE project, we are developing common tools to enable professional development exchanges and upward career paths such as joint YUFE Career Tracks. However, the ten academic YUFE partners have ten different national research systems featuring different national regulations towards research careers, mobility, selection procedures for entry and advanced positions, and assessment criteria. To make the YUFE career paths connectable, we need a better understanding of our national research career systems and the national and local research training and research funding landscape.
YUFE Competence Profile for Researchers and Development Offers
Therefore, the team working on the Recognition, Reward, and Circulation of Researchers will explore research career systems in more detail to identify bottlenecks and potential solutions for researcher mobility and a YUFE Career Track. The team will also map all the researcher competency frameworks already in place at the YUFE partner countries, and prepare recommendations at European, national and institutional levels to overcome the obstacles to talent circulation, and develop a Strategy for a European Career Track System making references to the ERA Policy developments.
The YUFE Competence Profile for Researchers and Development Offers will be publicly available in December 2022.
Novel Recognition and Reward Scheme for Researchers
The existing systems in which researchers are assessed in different YUFE universities were mapped through interviews with the HR Directors and other experts. The development of an assessment tool was also achieved and the YUFE partners are planning to pilot it in nine concrete recruitment processes for academic positions (incl. university lectureships, university teacher positions, post-doctoral researcher positions, clinical teachers, and one professorship in medical and health sciences and natural sciences). The pilot at UEF has already taken place and more pilots are expected at other YUFE institutions.
Instructing Supervisors to Identify, Develop Excellence
Supervisors play a key role in how talents and talents’ interests are developed. Therefore, tools and training are necessary to enable supervisors to support their researchers to develop their full potential. The first draft of a training programme for supervisors is already being prepared.