March 2018 Update on Ten-point Plan

On 10 March 2015, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) Executive Board launched a Ten-point Plan to establish a more modern course for the University. Much has happened in the last three years regarding the democratisation and reinforcement of the representative advisory bodies, financial transparency, HR policy and other aspects of this plan. The following is an update of what has been done in the past three years and what remains to be done.

  • Point 01: Investing in and strengthening participation in decision-making

    Examples of strengthened participation in decision-making include greater involvement of the representative advisory bodies in appointments, increased appreciation of participation in decision-making, more transparent rights, easing of the ...

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  • Point 02: Commitment to further democratisation

    Important decisions, such as the one to build a new library or on the allocation model, are now submitted to the academic community for consultation. At the suggestion of the Democratisation and Decentralisation committee, the UvA also launched ...

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  • Point 03: Decentralisation of teaching and research

    The UvA is continuing its efforts to strengthen the Programme Committees and decentralised participation in decision-making, e.g. through training and support. Decisions about research and teaching are made at the lowest possible level in the ...

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  • Point 04: Financial transparency

    Over the past two years, a great deal of emphasis has been placed on financial transparency, promotion of openness and making complex issues understandable to a wider audience. All relevant documents are available on www.uva.nl/financien, input ...

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  • Point 05: Construction of a new University Library

    The decision to build a new University Library was submitted to the academic community through an online consultation. A definitive decision has been made to locate the new University Library in the Second Surgical Clinic and the former convent ...

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  • Point 06: Prioritising creativity and innovation in teaching and research

    The UvA has taken steps to innovate research and teaching by introducing blended learning, developing a Vision on Teaching and Learning, and setting up a flexible learning pilot.

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  • Point 07: strengthening the relationship between teaching and research and

    The UvA's new career development policy, which was agreed in December 2017, strengthens the relationship between teaching and research. A career development policy is one of the five priorities in the HR Agenda.

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  • Point 08: Reining in temporary employment contracts

    The UvA is committed to reducing undesirable flexible working practices and investing in the career prospects of staff on temporary employment contracts. Percentage targets laid down in the collective labour agreement have been met and 'back-door ...

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  • Point 09: Debates in the Maagdenhuis hall

    Since September 2015, various debates have been held in the Maagdenhuis hall.

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  • Point 10: Reminding the government of its responsibilities

    The UvA has raised a number of topics with the government, including workloads, funding, internationalisation/language policy and diversity.

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