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Catherine Rigollet

After two terms in the KVI-CART service council, I am standing for election in the University council. I believe that changes are needed in our work-place culture to achieve a realistic research-teaching balance, and ultimately a good work-life one.

I am committed to high quality education of the classical spectrum of subjects and the specialized ones with societal benefits. University lecturers need more support and a manageable workload to provide students the knowledge they need in order to form their own opinion and become the deciders of tomorrow. Along with excellent teaching, the retention of talented researchers, engineers and technicians must be one of the main goals of the University.

Finally, I strongly support diversity both in gender and culture and the need for intercultural competence of staff and students.


Catherine Rigollet obtained her PhD in nuclear physics at the University of Strasbourg, France. She then spent 3 years in South Africa as a postdoc at iThemba LABS. In 2000, she left South Africa for the Netherlands and the University of Groningen where she first worked in applied nuclear physics before specializing in nuclear astrophysics. She teaches several courses at the Bachelor and Master levels and provides supervision of Bachelor, Master and PhD research projects.

Catherine Rigollet
Catherine Rigollet
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