Assessment Process

In order to keep the Euraxess label, the UNamur has to prove evidence it takes actions to improve researchers' mobility and is still committed to the he European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. To do so, the university has to submit action plans, self-assessment reports and welcomes on-site visite from experts. Since its first committment in 2012, the UNamur has submitted several reports and hosted several on-site visits.

This audit is carried out with all the actors concerned: researchers, human resources and training managers, research managers, but also the various representatives of the three bodies (teaching, research and general services).

Here is a list of the main steps of the assement process taken since the University has taken part in the Euraxess iniative, in 2012. 



Gap analysis & action plan 2013-2016 to obtain the HR Excellence in Research label

UNamur committed to following the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (CC) with a gap analysis in 2012. Following this analysis, an action plan for 2013-2016 was proposed, targeting specific actions.

The European Commission then validated the work carried out and awarded the "HR Excellence in Research" label in 2013 to the UNamur.



In 2016, UNamur submitted the first self-assessment of actions carried out between 2013 and 2016 to the European Commission and delivered its second action plan for 2016-2019.

UNamur received a favourable opinion from the external experts and  their recommendations to assist in the implementation of the articles of the CC.

The University is still following its continuous improvement approach by realizing actions from the action plan 2016-2019.


External evaluation and site visit

In 2019, UNamur submitted its 2016-2019 Achievements Review and its new HRS4R 2019-2021 Action Plan to the European Commission for evaluation. This new plan was made in collaboration with researchers and academic staff and was about the HR procedures to be adapted to meet the standards of the Code and Charter.

A site visit was planned, but had to be postponed to 2020 because of the sanitary crisis.


Gap analysis & OTM-R action plan

Since 2019, the European Commission has invited universities to implement the OTM-R strategy, a strategy for Open, Transparent and Merit-based Recruitment (OTM-R).

The OTM-R procedure guarantees access to jobs on the basis of the personal merits of candidates, opens our universities to both national and international researchers and makes the career of researchers more attractive.

Universities also have to submit an OTM-R action plan to the EC.



Site visit

An on-site visit of EC experts was planned in 2019 to verify the implementation of the measures stated in the action plan. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the viste happened virtually in October 2020.



In March 2024, the University will submit its self-assessment report to the European Commission to show which progresses were made since the last visit and what will be the actions for the future.


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