Euraxess Working Environment

1. European Charter and Code of Conduct

The Catholic University of Louvain (UCLouvain) has signed, through the Council of Rectors (CRef), the "European Charter for Researchers" (the "Charter") and the "Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers" (the 'Code’) as early as in January 2006. In July 2010, she formally reiterated her commitment emphasizing her determination to support the European Commission's initiative to promote the mobility of researchers in Europe (Euraxess).

2. Euraxess HRS4R: Optimal work conditions for our researchers

In accordance with the recommendations of the European Commission, the University conducted an internal analysis of its practices in order to identify areas of progress and defined its "Human Resources Strategy for Researchers" (HRS4R 2011-2014). This strategy was recognised by the Commission, which awarded the logo “HR Excellence in research” in March 2011. Under the direction of the 'Euraxess Strategy Committee', composed almost exclusively of researchers, the 'Euraxess Steering Committee' has implemented the various actions provided for in its strategy. In accordance with the defined process, UCL also conducted a mid-term internal assessment approved in July 2013 and, in March 2016, a final assessment. These two assessments showed that very significant progress has been made in various areas, for the benefit of all researchers at the University.

With clear strategic lines, UCLouvain carry on its continuous improvement process, taking into account the recommendations of the "reinforced HRS4R process" defined by the European Commission. The University tabled a new human resources strategy (HRS4R 2018-2021) currently in force until 2021. It performed a thorough evaluation using the OTM-R checklist for each researcher category working at UCLouvain and finalised an OTM-R policy.

With all the work performed since 15 years, l’UCLouvain has been recognized by the commission for its excellence in human ressources for researchers and it intends to continue the improvements of the working conditions of all researchers and the promotion of their international career. In this context, a new Strategy 2020-2026 has been approved by the Rectoral Council in July 2021.

3. Euraxess Science4Refugees

Science4Refugees is an initiative launched by the European Commission in October 2015. The objective is to help refugee scientists and researchers to find suitable jobs that put their skills and experience to good use in Europe’s research system.

By joining Science4Refugees, UCLouvain develops support tools and post job offers to which refugees and asylum applicants can apply: