Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R)

With regard to its member states, the European Commission has drafted a list of rights and obligations for researchers and their employers, in order to increase mobility and expand methods of best practice in the area of research. These recommendations can be found in the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the recruitment of researchers.

On the basis of these documents, ULB carried out a diagnostic assessment of its Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) and then drafted a first EURAXESS HRS4R action plan (2013-2018)pdf centred on five main topics: missions of the University and governance; recruitment; status of research staff and career development; working conditions; internationalisation @ home.

Logo "HR Excellence in Research"

After the plan had been thoroughly and successfully reviewed by assessors of the European Commission, ULB was awarded the EU logo “Human Resources Excellence in Research” in 2013.

HRS4R strategy 2018-2021

The development of a HRS4R strategy aims at continuously improving the working conditions and the professional development of researchers.

ULB has therefore developed a new EURAXESS HRS4R action plan (2018-2021)pdf for the next three years and has clarified its Open, Transparent and Merit-based Recruitment Policy pdf.

The EURAXESS HRS4R action plan 2018-2021 is structured around 4 main topics:

  • recruitment and welcoming of researchers

  • development of online research management tools

  • training and professional development of researchers

  • Open Science and management of results and data

Other priorities have also been set: better communication regarding EURAXESS at ULB; development of a diversity plan; recommendations for improving the duration and the success of the Doctorate; better availability of information in English for researchers; etc.

Regular self-assessments

Institutions acknowledged by the European Commission must undertake a self-assessment every third year, in order to assess the progress of their action plan. One in two self-assessment is followed by a site visit of international experts appointed by the European Commission.

The internal self-assessment (July 2018)pdf will be followed by a site visit in Fall 2018. The internal self-assessment (2015)pdf had been carried out in May 2015.

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