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What does the University of Groningen have to offer support staff?

Welcome to our academic community!

The University stimulates (informal) cooperation, both within your own department and workplace and beyond. There is an open and innovative atmosphere. You work alongside colleagues from different disciplines, from several perspectives and with various target groups, such as students. You also have plenty of opportunities to meet other colleagues. The University of Groningen is a place where many different people come together.

The University of Groningen also has many communities in which members of staff come together, both formally and informally, for example: YoungRUG, an association for (early-career) support staff which focuses on professional development, networking and exchanging knowledge. You can also meet your colleagues at the University Sports Centre (ACLO), the cultural centre Usva and, of course, in and around our bustling city.

Talent development and appreciation

At the University of Groningen, your talent is highly valued. We stimulate the development of our staff through various initiatives.

  • Corporate Academy: The University invests in training courses for its members of staff. They can work on their professional development by taking part in training programmes offered by the Corporate Academy, of which there are many, including: courses on project-based work, writing recommendations and policy papers, and result-driven management. The Corporate Academy also has career advisors who are happy to offer ideas and advice on how to further develop your career.
  • R&O interview: In the annual Results and Development interview (R&O interview), you can discuss and evaluate your development with your manager, as well as look to the year ahead and come up with a plan as to how you can get the most out of your talents. This development interview is based on the principle of reciprocity – you also have the opportunity to give feedback to your manager.
  • And for talented support staff, there is the Talent Travel Programme, a programme that offers staff the opportunity to gain experience in another position.
Working and living

Groningen is a vibrant student city surrounded by green countryside. The city is easy to reach from the Randstad/Schiphol airport (approx. 2 hours by train) and offers plenty of living space, both in the city itself and in the surrounding area.

In Groningen, there is an International School for school-age children (in primary and secondary education) which provides English-language education.

Work-life balance

The University of Groningen is keen to ensure that its staff members maintain a good work-life balance. We are an inclusive academic community, for everyone. We cultivate this inclusive culture in the following ways:

  • As a staff member, you have the freedom to plan and organize your own work. If you have a full-time contract, for example, you can use the Options Model to choose a working week of 36, 38 or 40 hours.
  • You are also entitled to paid and unpaid parental leave, and may be eligible for sabbatical or special care leave.
  • Finally, the University can also assist your partner in finding a job in the Groningen area through our Dual-Career Support service. Your HR advisor can tell you more about this.
Diversity and inclusion

We want you to feel at home here. We are an inclusive and open academic community. We safeguard this inclusiveness through a range of initiatives. We regard a diverse, inclusive organization as a precondition for sustainable success in an international environment, as well as for recruiting and retaining highly talented people. As such, we always strive to create an inclusive environment in which staff and students of all talents actively participate and in which their input is valued, regardless of nationality/ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, life principles and occupational or functional impairment.

  • International cooperation requires cultural sensitivity, both within and outside the University. It is precisely for this reason that the University of Groningen invests in the development of intercultural competences among all its staff members.
  • The University has a dual language policy: all online communication is available in both Dutch and English. English is also often spoken in the workplace since the University employs people from all over the world.
  • The University has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to inappropriate behaviour. Workshops are organized for staff members so that everyone knows which steps to follow if they observe or experience inappropriate behaviour.
  • International staff members are supported throughout their immigration process by HR staff and the International Welcome Centre North, a central point that handles all issues relating to immigration.
  • The University of Groningen is committed to gender diversity. One of the initiatives introduced at the University to increase the number of women in academic positions is the Rosalind Franklin Fellowship programme, which offers academic positions for talented female scientists.
Civic engagement

Current Issues

The University of Groningen is a socially involved university, whose academics contribute to the debate on current issues in society. This is reflected in the University’s three research spearheads:

The University contributes to resolving current issues in society by studying these three themes from the perspective of a variety of disciplines.


The University of Groningen is the most sustainable university in the Netherlands. It has reached place 7 of the worldwide UI Greenmetric Ranking of World Universities 2020. Sustainability is emphasized in the University’s teaching and research, as well as in its business operations and in the construction of new buildings. Read more about sustainability.


The University also demonstrates its social involvement in other ways, for example by offering apprenticeships to students in senior secondary vocational education (MBO) and universities of applied science (HBO). In November 2010 the ECABO knowledge centre held a satisfaction survey among the 28 MBO students who were following a professional training course in the field of administration via a University of Groningen apprenticeship. On a scale of 1 to 10, as an employer they gave the University an 8+ mark. Read more about apprenticeships.

Green Office

Green Office Groningen is a department of the university lead by students and staff members. The Green Office coordinates and initiates projects related to sustainability at the University. We connect, inform, and inspire students and staff members about how to act more sustainable and show them why this is important.

Would you like to know more about our Green Office, please visit our website.

Health and fitness

The University of Groningen promotes health and fitness among its staff.


The University’s Health, Safety and Environment department (AMD, Arbo- en Milieudienst) has developed the BALANS lifestyle programme.

More information about the BALANS lifestyle programme can be found on their website.

SPR Sports

Sports enthusiasts are welcome to join the SPR, the joint sports association of the University of Groningen and Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen, where they can play sports individually or participate in activities such as football and tennis tournaments.

At the University of Groningen:

  • Your work has an impact on science and society
  • Your talent is appreciated
  • You work in a stimulating and inclusive academic community
  • You work with colleagues from different disciplines and backgrounds on a regional, national and international basis, and with various partners such as NGOs, companies and governments
  • You collaborate across disciplines in order to produce excellent research

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