Skip to ContentSkip to Navigation
Research Young Academy Groningen

Young Academy Groningen publishes report on harassment in academia

08 October 2021

There have been several high-profile cases of harassment, discrimination and power abuse across Dutch academia, which were typically restricted to single departments or institutes. This report, based on interviews with 26 (former) employees of the University of Groningen shows that harassment and bullying are likely more widespread - a situation that likely applies to other universities as well. Strong hierarchies, tendencies to blame the victim, lack of accountability of line managers, and negative attitudes towards diversity and inclusion are conducive for harassment to occur. The report concludes that “even at the University of Groningen, which has so far not had high-profile cases such as the universities mentioned above, serious cases of harassment occur, and remain under the radar.”

The Board of the University comments on these findings in the foreword to the report and and will continue to seek discussion with the Young Academy Groningen, university council, faculties, and other stakeholders to prevent experiences like those described in the report. Actions are put in place that need to ensure that victims of harassment and discrimination are supported effectively. A safe university community requires continuous attention and awareness from all of us.

More information

Contact: youngacademy rug.nl

If you need support, contact the Confidential Advisor Marjolein Renker m.h.j.renker@rug.nl or Ombudsperson Carolijn Winnubst c.a.winnubst rug.nl

The Diversity and Inclusion working group of the Young Academy of Groningen will be organizing a conversation with diversity and inclusion expert Naomi Ellemers in the near future.

Last modified:22 December 2021 4.44 p.m.

More news

  • 12 May 2022

    KNAW appoints two UG professors as members

    The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) has appointed Professor Maria Loi and Professor Dirk Slotboom from the Faculty of Science and Engineering as members of the Academy.

  • 15 March 2022

    Vici grants for three UG researchers

    The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded three Vici grants, worth €1.5 million each, to three UG researchers. Prof. J.W Romeijn, Prof. S. Hoekstra, Prof. K.I. Caputi can use this money to develop an innovative line of research and to set up...

  • 20 December 2021

    Enthusiastic convert preaches sustainable business

    Reaching out to sustainable business owners is what Gjalt de Jong is all about. He sees the University as a director of innovation. An independent arbiter who can expedite the shift to a circular economy. To this end, he first needed to change...