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91, December 2014

19 December 2014

University Council Newsletter, edition 91, Meeting 209, December 2014

Agenda items of the latest UCouncil meeting

1. New access policy UB

2. Annual Report ACI

3. RUG policy Internal Vacancies

4. Scholars at Risk

5. Budget of the Institution

6. Admissions Office

7. Roll on 2015!

1. New access policy UB

Also, this month the memorandum on a new access policy to the UB was discussed in the UCouncil. For quite a while now complaints have been voiced by students on a shortage of study places in the UB. Especially, during the exam period during which all the spaces are usually taken from the early morning onwards. This, coupled with the expected growth in student numbers at the RUG and the renovation of the building has prompted the Board of the UB to propose a stricter access policy: during the exam periods the study places in the UB will only be for RUG students and staff for two weeks. Also the possibility to reserve study cabinets will only be possible for RUG students and staff and opportunities will be explored to realise the entrance gates quicker at the UB. Although a number of questions were asked about the practicability of the proposed plans, the Ucouncil was on the whole positive in respect of the plans.

2. Annual Report ACI

This month the UCouncil also discussed the annual report of the Advisory Committee Introduction times (ACI). This committee was set up in 1998 and advises societies on safety aspects that play a role during the introduction periods, such as the KEI week. A brief review of the past introduction period shows that only 8 incidents were reported to the ACI. This seems a low number looking at the size and the massive scale of the introduction period. Another piece of good news is that an increasing number of societies have their safety plans checked. The aim is to get all safety plans checked in the coming years. The ACI likes to continue its role of 'critical friend' and for that reason is very hesitant to impose sanctions on societies that do not get their safety plans tested (on time). However, the ACI will dedicate efforts towards better information provision and reaching societies with the objective of achieving an even safer introduction period.

3. RUG policy Internal Vacancies

Per 1 March next, the present Head of the Bureau, Bert Verveld, will leave to go to the Amsterdam School of the Arts. As a result, the RUG has a vacancy with a political tinge. For that reason, the UCouncil will again remind the Board of the policy memorandum that was promised a while ago on filling internal vacancies at the RUG.

4. Scholars at Risk

For seven years now the UCouncil has asked the RUG to become an active member of Scholars at Risk (SAR). SAR is an international alliance of hundreds of universities in 36 countries at present that stands up for academic freedom and aims to temporarily house persecuted scientists in a safe university environment. In the Netherlands ten universities and two universities of applied sciences cooperate in this organisation. After consultation with the College of Deans the Board agreed with the memorandum of the UCouncil!

5. Budget of the Institution

The Ucouncil has issued a positive advice on the 692 million Euros on the Institutional Budget 2015. One would like, however, that the RUG funds were to be divided differently in the future.

Some remarks of taken from the Council and Committee meeting:

- In answer to the question by the Council whether the Faculty of Medical Sciences could be urged to invest its ample reserve in research, De Jeu answered , that the Board would put this up for discussion in the Management Meeting.

- A request to give the Faculty of Arts more money from central funding was denied by the Board. The Faculty of Arts therefore continues to be the biggest source of concern. Also, because of the large number of non-government funded students (48% versus 30% at institutional basis). These students take more than three years to complete their bachelor or take more than two years to complete their master. The Government does not provide funding to the RUG for this.

- In spite of the deficit at CIT and the permanent need for innovation at the RUG, after careful consideration with the Board no more money is to go to the CIT. This is because, among other things, of the recovery cost model where service provision is offset against Faculties and Services.

- The situation at Facilities, in this case Grafimedia, still requires full attention. The Board states that the submitted part-budget - in long-term perspective - deliberately lacks policy. The aim is to achieve a management organisation. The UCouncil argues for a presentation of the figures in such a way that sums of money can be compared better in terms of costs/profits, also in terms of outsourcing or not of certain activities.

6. Admissions Office

The PF has expressed, in the Committee, a series of worries in relation to the re-organisation of the Admissions Office. For that reason it was agreed with the Board to re-submit the state of affairs again in January to the Board, so that the issues can be discussed in further detail.

7. Roll on 2015!

This was it for 2014. After the (positive) discussion on the budget on Thursday the last UCouncil meeting of this calendar year was almost closed. For that reason the agenda item Any Other Business was extensively taken up at the last moment. Both students and staff put forward a number of important subjects before the Christmas break. In spite of a plea by the staff the Board did not want to take up a point of view on the subject of the Black Pete discussion. The students, for their part called for attention to the future of the premaster. In the proposed legislative bill the fees for the premaster are capped, but Government funding is not forthcoming. That makes at least one thing clear: enough reasons to keep an eye on us again next year. However, that is for later; for now the UCouncil wishes you a Merry Christmas, enjoyable drinks, dinners and a Happy New Year!

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Lijst STERK @lijststerk


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UCouncil on Twitter:
PersoneelsfractieRUG @PfRUG
Personeel U-raad RUG @PersoneelUraad
Lijst Calimero @lijstcalimero
UniversiteitsraadSOG @Uraad_SOG
Lijst STERK @lijststerk


All factions and their members have a website.

  • If you belong to the staff you might want to collect our UCouncil widget from My University and get all the relevant UCouncil topics, like the agenda of the forthcoming meeting.
  • For further details please contact the UR Presidium.
  • For staying up-to-date with what really matters at our University, please submit your e-mail address (un)subscribe to this newsletter.
  • If you have any questions about the newsletter and how to receive it, suggestions, etc., please reply to uraad@rug.nl. All input is highly appreciated!

Disclaimer: The text above is an impression of topics discussed in the UC and should not be regarded as official statements with regard to decisions taken in the UC.

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