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) 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) for the next three years and has clarified its Open, Transparent and Merit-based Recruitment Policy .
The EURAXESS HRS4R action plan 2018-2021 is structured around 4 main topics:
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.
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.