February 2021: New HR strategy and recruitment policy.

  • In the context of the continuous further development of our HR work, we have revised fundamental strategy papers and guidelines. Among other things, we have newly published the HR Strategy for the field of Research (HRS4R) and the Recruitment Policy (OTM-R).

January 2021: Data analysis with MAXQDA

  • In January 2021, we held a MAXQDA workshop for our researchers. MAXQDA is a powerful and leading software for computer-assisted qualitative data and text analysis. The areas of application are extremely diverse - for example, interviews, texts, and media such as image, audio, and video files can be examined in scientific projects and studies.

Autumn 2020: Internal Review

  • As part of the internal review, we critically reflected on the implementation of the measures in the various fields of action. The results are highly positive. Nearly all the objectives set in the last review were met, in some cases even exceeded by the implementation of additional measures. 

October 2020: New offer: agile working in science.

  • The world of work is changing rapidly: digitisation is changing processes and forms of work, we are working increasingly independently of time and place in structures that are becoming more and more flexible. This is precisely where a workshop held for the first time in October 2020 came in: The participants gained important insights into the background of the "Working World 4.0" and acquired the basics of agile techniques to move competently and confidently in their field of work.

Summer/autumn 2020: New offers in the area of personnel development

  • Despite corona-related restrictions, we have launched new offers. These include, for example, advanced training courses on science communication and qualitative data analysis with MAXQDA, workshops on team development ("pit stop") or consulting services for successful annual employee appraisals.

January/February 2020: New offer: Onboarding programme new newly appointed professors.

  • In order to make it easier for newly appointed professors to arrive at our university, we have designed an onboarding programme together with the Executive Board and conducted it for the first time.

Autumn 2019 to spring 2020: SWOT analysis and conception of new measures

  • As part of a comprehensive conceptual design process, we have intensively examined our development potential in the areas of personnel development, recruitment and working environment on the basis of a SWOT analysis. The fields of action of the HR Excellence in Research initiative were an important basis for this. As a result, we were able to define six areas of action that we would like to work on particularly intensively in the future.

Summer/Autumn 2019: Development talks with employees in the scientific field

  • Conducting development interviews brings with it many advantages: These include, for example, the promotion of trusting, strong cooperation and the professional development of employees. However, there has been a lack of a clear basis for this in the scientific field so far. It is therefore all the more pleasant that our President, Prof. Dr. Ute von Lojewski, and the Chairman of the Staff Council of the scientific and artistic employees, Martin Espelage, signed a corresponding agreement at the end of June. This now gives us the opportunity to hold annual talks on the basis of a procedure specially tailored to the scientific field. In the autumn of 2019, many preparatory workshops were held for conducting employee appraisals. 

Spring 2019: New Round of Coaching Programs

  • Based on the positive experiences and feedback of the participants of the first round, the four coaching programmes for scientists of our university will be offered again. The focus is on coping with professional challenges and successfully shaping one's own career path. In the first round, the participants were able to achieve a variety of professional successes for themselves. The new round now aims to build on this success.

Winter 2018/2019: Programming workshop in R

  • Within the scope of the regular exchange with researchers of our university on personnel development topics, the need for a workshop in the programming language R became apparent. The workshop based on this was in high demand and was rated extremely positively by the participants. Due to the great interest of the participants, a build-up date was planned and realized directly.

Summer 2018: Securing knowledge when staff changes

  • The leaving and changing of employees is a particular challenge for teams and work areas. Often there is also the threat of a loss of important empirical knowledge. In order to further promote the proactive and systematic handling of knowledge at our university, a work aid was published. Individual consultations and workshops  are also offered.

February 2018: Best assessment by the European Commission

  • In autumn 2017, we conducted a self-evaluation to critically reflect on the extent to which we have implemented the measures associated with the HRS4R. In February 2018, we received the best assessment (German press release) from the European Commission. We are very pleased about this.

December 2017: Exchange of experience between young professors

  • The trainee professorship is an important funding programme on the way to a FH professorship. In December 2017, we met for the first time with our junior professors in a quality circle in order to jointly reflect on challenges, opportunities and offers of support. 

October 2017: Adoption of an HR strategy

  • The further improvement of our working and general conditions for researchers is our central concern. We have summarised key points for the period 2017-2020 in an HR strategy (download below).

October 2017: New offer: Successful doctoral studies

  • Doctoral candidates need good self-management, must be able to deal with stress situations and face up to problems. HR development manager Dr. Marc Lindart is now offering help (internal link). He advises doctoral candidates in conflict situations, for example, and supports them in developing and restoring a good working basis.

July 2017: Adoption of a recruitment policy

  • A high level of professionalism in selection procedures is important to us. We follow standards that we have summarized in a guideline (download below).

May 2017: New offer: Career advice for researchers

  • In order to further improve the career opportunities for academic employees at our university, there is now an offer for career coaching (internal link).

January 2017: A-Z brochure for new research assistants

  • To make the start at our university as pleasant as possible for new scientists, we have developed an information brochure. In this section you will find answers to questions that new employees often ask themselves at the start of their careers.
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