Academic Staff Council

Social & Cultural


The Academic Staff Council is involved in the ongoing “Audit familienfreundliche Hochschule” project, a national project which promotes the balancing of university careers and families. Its goal is to improve the working conditions of employees with various care obligations. As project member, the Academic Staff Council continually proposes ideas based on suggestions and requests from the staff. One of the measures implemented from the project is an on-campus childcare service for children of WU employees (aged 6-12) during the summer school breaks. The childcare service is offered in cooperation with KINDER IN WIEN (KIWI).

Directly on the WU campus, KINDER IN WIEN (KIWI) runs a kindergarten  for 1-6 year-old children.

WU also participates in the Children's University (Kinderuni) with its own program. The events are only open to children; parents are looked after in the meantime. The participating children can attend lectures and workshops which are generally offered for free.

For employees who are enthusiastic about running, the Academic Staff Council offers financial support for participation in the Business Run. In addition to free running shirts, which are provided together with the Rector´s Council, the Academic Staff Council pays the entry fee for teams from the academic staff. In addition to registering on time and naming a team, the only requirement is that you run through the finish line.

WU employees also enjoy numerous benefits with their staff ID card. A current list of partner companies can be found here.


The working group of the Academic Staff Council responsible for cultural matters frequently draws attention to interesting offers on the topics of culture and health, such as those of the Association of Austrian Trade Union Education at New initiatives for exchange platforms are welcomed and can be sent to the Academic Staff Council's office.

From time to time the Academic Staff Council also organizes interesting lectures on campus. For example, we were recently able to welcome Professor Musalek who gave an enthralling lecture on the topic of "work addiction and burnout". A summary of what he said can be found here and you can follow a recording of the lecture here. Another lecture of note was held by Professor Haller on the subject of "Offensive behaviour and appreciation in the professional environment"; you can read about what he said here.

In addition, the Academic Staff Council organizes other cultural events, such as special city walks (e.g. discovering Jewish traces in Vienna) or exclusive visits to exhibitions. Information on these can be found in our regularly published newsletter.

Your contact person:

Margit Paul