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116, March, 2017

28 April 2017

Newsletter of the University Council, Edition 116, meeting of 30 March 2017

Strategic Agenda Human Resources (HR)

The University Council praised the strategic choice of the Board of the University to encourage academic careers focusing on teaching instead of solely on research. The Council moreover welcomed the continued focus on mobility and talent development of staff.
The University Council has right of consent in respect of the Strategic Agenda Human Resources (5.4), including the Roadmap Sustainable Employability (5.5). The Council regretted the fact that the Strategic Agenda lacks a vision on temporary and permanent appointments, on so-called winker appointments (i.e. a temporary appointment of two years followed by a break in appointment of half a year), on mobility of staff with permanent appointment to job openings with a temporary character, etc.
There appears to be no clear and consistent UG policy in these and related HR matters. The Council therefore demanded a more detailed plan of implementation for consent in order to avoid misunderstandings in the realization of the Strategic Agenda and its implications. After the Board of the University gave elucidation and undertakings, among others for a plan of implementation for consent and detailed for each faculty, the Council consented to this more general Strategic Agenda.

ATPI and duty trips

Since 2015, the personnel in the University Council pleaded on multiple occasions with the Board of the University to alleviate the ATPI-related restrictions for trip bookings.
The Board of the University agreed recently with ATPI to modify the travel rules accordingly: as of 1 July 2017, UG staff is no longer obliged to book hotels, rental cars and train trips abroad with ATPI.

Tenure track policy

The University Council pleaded on multiple occasions for the possibility to have a tenure track position in part-time. The Council therefore appreciated the new policy that allows for an extension of the tenure track to a maximum of seven years for part-time positions and life events.
However, on a different note, the University Council proposed to offer permanent appointment already after four years to tenure trackers who demonstrated sufficient qualifications by that time, while remaining in the tenure track to attain a higher position after fulfilling all criteria. The Board of the University refused this proposal and stuck to earlier agreements with the faculties, according to which a permanent position (as associate professor) can be offered no sooner than all tenure track criteria are fulfilled, or, alternatively, if a permanent position is offered and accepted before all criteria are fulfilled, the tenure track ends by default.

Financial support for internationalization

The University has made available financial support for internationalization of student organizations. With a new CUOS subsidy, International Grants B, student organizations can request subsidy for organizing activities and making structural investments aimed at (further) internationalization and inclusion of international students. Students in the Council demanded to also include study associations in this new regulation as study associations are the first ones to be affected by the internationalization policies of the University. The Board of Directors agreed and therefore study associations, as well as student organizations, can request structural support to more successfully work for better inclusion of international students in Groningen.

More introduction activities for international students in August

The board of the University made an announcement this University Council meeting with great news for prospective international students! Summer 2018 onwards, more activities for international students will be organized during the KEI-week and the two weeks before the start of the academic year!

Upon initiative of the ESN Groningen and other student organizations, a new committee will develop a plan in which the KEI-week will become more accessible to international students and in which more activities will be organized for international students in the subsequent two weeks. At the moment, international students who join the KEI-week are experiencing a gap between the KEI-week and the start of the academic year. Few introduction activities are organized in these two weeks, while there are more of such activities for Dutch students such as at the student associations.
Moreover, the KEI-week will not be shifted, as was previously a topic of debate. Shifting the KEI-week closer to September would conflict with other festivities such as Noorderzon and Bommen Berend, and was therefore not possible.

CUOS Advice Reassessment

CUOS has reassessed study associations this year. This month the University Council adopted the CUOS advice on the associations that should fall under the Graduation Fund Regulations. However, in the category of study associations the amount of board months to be funded exceeds the funding limit. For this reason, it has been decided to fully compensate the exceedance of 104 board months this year. Together with the student factions in the Council, CUOS will formulate a new reassessment model. It is intended that the new model will be used in the next reassessment.

Update Integrity Program

The Council offered the following advice to the Board of the University:

  • The text of the Integrity Code must be clear and concise; otherwise it will be of no use. The risk of illegibility lies in the fact that the new Integrity Code combines all former rules and regulations.
  • Establish a complaints office to which incidents can be reported, following the example of the Nederlandsche Bank.

For more information on any item the factions can be contacted at:

About the Council:

In our newsletters we summarise the issues that are discussed in the last meeting. Welcome to the academic year 2016-2017. We are the University Council; twelve students and twelve employees who work for almost everything that concerns us all. We meet on the third Thursday of each month in three committees:

  • Research and Education,
  • Management, and
  • Facilities,

Followed, a week later, by a public University Council meeting. In these meetings we advise and check the Board and this way we contribute to the policy of the University of Groningen.

The really first newsletter of each academic year – the next one – is sent to all students and employees of the university. If, subsequently, you would like to be kept up to date of our efforts and the university’s policy each month, then, subscribe to this newsletter . Information on the University Council can also be found on our website and via our Twittertwitter account @uraadrug .

Composition University Council 2016-2017

The university council consists of 12 students and 12 employees.

On behalf of the staff two factions have a seat on the council: The PF (Personnel Faction with chair Bart Beijer and members Dinie Bouwman, Toon De Baets, Casper Albers, Olaf Scholten, Marcel Ruiters, Rieza Aprianto, Nienke de Deugd and Gert Jan Bokdam and The SF (Science Faction with chair Nicolai Petkov and member Laurence Gormley. (One seat of the SF is unoccuppied. Due to taking up employment elsewhere Mr. M.H. Paapst of the Science faction has resigned his seat.)

On behalf of the students the following three factions have a seat on the Council:

  • Studenten Organisatie Groningen (SOG) (6 members: Mr. E.K.A. Clark, Mr. A.I. Esser, and Mrs. I.W. Hanemaaijer, Mr. M. de Vries, Mr. B.C. Zandt, Mrs. M. Zuidema),
  • Lijst Calimero (5 members: Mrs. H. Berretz, Mr. D. van Dijk, Mrs. H.H.E. Oelen, Mrs. T. van de Werve, Mrs. N de Winter) and
  • Lijst STERK (member: Mr. P.L. Polhuis).


  • M.C. Huiskes is re-elected as external chairperson of the University Council.
  • The Presidium 2016-2017 consists of: M.C. Huiskes, B.A.A. Beijer, L.W. Gormley, E.K.A. Clark, D. van Dijk and P.L. Polhuis.
  • In addition E.K.A. Clark is appointed as member of the public at the University Committee for Education


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