Cracow University of Technology / Politechnika Krakowska


Gender Equality Plan

GEP under preparation: introduction of a general equality plan developed under the European project “Gender Equality in Engineering through Communication and Commitment” by April 2021.







Utilization of HR Excellence in Research to enhance gender equality

- Disseminating information concerning the opportunity to combine child rearing with part-time work (according to the Labour Code), which mitigates long breaks in scientific careers.

- Developing a formal procedure for reporting cases of discrimination at work by the employees.

- Introduction of a general equality plan, developed under the European H2020 project GEECCO “Gender Equality in Engineering through Communication and Commitment” by April 2021; authoring a new document “Guidelines for the recruitment of academic teachers at Cracow University of Technology”, published on 1 October 2019, which provides a guide for recruitment committee members on how to carry out this process to ensure better transparency. In order to implement these assumptions, members of the recruitment committee are recommended to apply the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. These guidelines recommend that an appropriate gender balance should be taken into account during the selection of members of recruitment committees.

- The CUT’s Code of Ethics clearly defines values which employees should espouse, for example: lack of any form of discrimination, including on the grounds of gender, age, ethnic, national or social origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, language, disability, political opinion, social or economic condition.

- Creation of a new position of spokesperson/mediator to represent the interests of researchers in conflict situations and to help resolve them.

- Encouraging researchers who experience a career break due to parental or maternity leave, long illness or change in employment profile to return to work in the research sector through the activity of The Regional Contact Point for European Research Programme (organizing numerous training sessions aimed at promoting grants which help researchers resume their scientific career, along with the annual “Women in science and business” conference where women researchers who successfully reconcile family and professional life). These interesting success stories have inspired participants to become more active and develop their research career.