June 2023: New and further developed OTM-R policy adopted.

  • In our HRS4R action plan we defined it as measure no. 36: the development of our OTM-R guideline under gender aspects. After internal consultations involving several stakeholders, we have now adopted the new guideline by Presidium resolution on 7.6.2023. In the new version, the aspects of gender equality and diversity now play an even more important role and are addressed with a newly formulated principle. The OTM-R guideline is the basis for all selection procedures at Münster University of Applied Sciences.

February 2023: MUAS signs Diversity Charter

  • In the extension of our HRS4R action plan following the successful re-certification "HR Excellence in Research", we have specified measures for gender equality. By signing the Charta der Vielfalt, the Diversity Charter for Diversity in the Workplace, Münster UAS affirms the goal of gender equity and networks with other organizations. We are pleased about the signing and the strong signal that the university sets for lived diversity, respect and appreciation of diversity. For more information, see the article on the signing.

January 2023: Project launch #teamfhms - appointing in transition.

  • In the current HRS4R action plan, we have addressed several measures that we can now realize with the #teamfhms - Berufen im Wandel project. We are pleased about the successful application and a funding amount of around €3.9 million. This will enable us to significantly develop our HR work in the areas of recruitment and personnel development. The project will start on January 1, 2023.

October 2022: 3 new measures in the current action plan

  • The design of the HRS4R is a dynamic process for us. As a result of the re-certification "HR Excellence in Reserach" last year, we have now added three measures to our action plan, taking into account the recommendations of the assessors. We are thus focusing even more strongly on the areas of internationalization (action 61), gender equality (action 62) and training of researchers (action 63).

August 2022: Website doctoral college and numerous documents now also in English

  • As a result of the successful HR Excellence in Research award reneval process, we have significantly expanded our information services for international doctoral students. For example, the website of the doctoral college has been translated, as have numerous forms and documents. The website with our job advertisements has also been completely redesigned in English.

May 2022: New training opportunities

  • In May, we launched new continuing education offerings for our research employees. These include the following events: Agile Working in Science, Networking Career Circle, Point Landing - Successful Communication in Science, English Presentation and Conference Skills, Programming in R - Advanced Workshop, Presence and Personality in Presentation.

May 2022: New round of FHar Rad! & FH runs!

  • Finally, our popular BGM competition "FHahr Rad! & FH runs! 2022!". We start into the 7th season and dedicate it to a good cause: Please support our fundraising campaign for the victims of the war in Ukraine! More information at this link.

February 2022: New workshop format for researchers

  • In February 2022, FH Münster implemented a new offer for researchers. In 11 practical "online coffee lectures", numerous topics relevant for researchers were addressed. These included, for example, research funding, third-party funding management, intellectual property rights and patents, start-ups, doctoral funding, and open access.

Dezember 2021: Re-certified!

  • A modern working environment, attractive offers for personal development, transparent and fair recruitment procedures, appealing research conditions - constant further development in these fields of action distinguishes the HR management of Münster University of Applied Sciences. This has now been confirmed by the European Commission with the renewed award of the "HR Excellence in Research" seal of quality. This is the second time that the university has received this seal. Further information in the press release (German) on the re-certification.

September 2021: Welcome information for researchers - digital and international.

  • Based on the findings of the internal review, we have included the creation of a Starter Guide "Arriving at FH Münster" as a measure in the new action plan. This measure has now been completed - the guide has been prepared in two languages (German, English) and was published on the intranet on 1.9.2021 on the basis of a special CMS template. This means that all new academics will have quick access to a lot of relevant information for a successful start at FH Münster.

August/September 2021: New training offers on IP (Intellectual Property) rights for researchers of FH Münster

  • FH Münster participates in the patent exploitation agency PROvendis GmbH and is a member of the "NRW Hochschul-IP" network. PROvendis regularly offers interesting further education events on questions of protection law in the context of science. Participation is free of charge for researchers of FH Münster. For example, the workshop "Fit for All IP (Intellectual Property)" will take place on 31 August 2021 and the workshop "Successful Patent Search for Third-Party Funding Applications" on 20 September 2021.

May 2021: Great resonance - Workshop on virtual leadership

  • In view of the Corona pandemic and the associated changes in forms of collaboration, several professors expressed the wish for a workshop on virtual leadership in the internal review. This workshop was offered for the first time in May and was fully booked after just two days. Further workshops on similar topics are therefore planned for the future.

May 2021: Publishing fund established

  • A central measure in the context of Open Innovation and Open Science at our university is the promotion of Open Access. For this purpose, we established a publishing fund in May 2021. With this, Münster UAS promotes the golden road in the field of Open Access for both journals and books. Funding is available for publications in pure OA journals, but also for OA publications in hybrid journals.

April 2021: Selection process - digital application monitor ensures transparency

  • As one measure to increase the transparency of our selection processes as part of the OTM-R initiative, we implemented an application monitor in April 2021. From now on, this will inform applicants about the current status of the selection process and the next steps.

March 2021: New offers in the program PATHS TO SUCEES

  • Based on our current HR strategy, we have designed the first new training offers in recent weeks. We have gained impulses for new topics in numerous interviews with our researchers and in current challenges of the labor market. New in the program are, for example, the workshops "Presenting and Communicating in Virtual Space" and "Design Thinking".
    Also new is a joint event between the Human Resources Development department and our central Equal Opportunity Officer. In November 2021, the "Networking Career Cycle" will take place for the first time in this context.

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: New offers of the equal opportunity officer and the FH Famlily Service

  • The central equal opportunities officer and the FH Family Service have planned new offers for 2021. These include, for example, the events "My parents are getting old (slowly)?! - Part 2: Care Financing and Self-Care" (together with Worksplace Health Management) and "Gender and Finance II".

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: Fifth edition of bicyle challenge - 440 participants cycled almost 260,000 kilometers.

  • 29 teams of students and employees participated in our bicycle competition, which took place from May to September for all members of the university and was organized by the workplace health management. The winners of the numerous prizes were chosen by lot. This time, FH President Prof. Dr. Ute von Lojewski herself acted as the "lucky fairy".

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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