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The Central Works Council (COR) is elected from the works councils of the seven faculties and the executive staff plus shared service units. The COR has rights of consent, advice, information and initiative.

Statement by the Central Works Council University of Amsterdam on the demonstrations & evictions at the REC and Binnengasthuis

  • Read the statement of the Central Works Council

    The Central Works Council of the UvA (COR) is very concerned about the war in Palestine and Israel. The COR is also shocked by the events of the past two weeks within our university, where it has become clear that there is a diversity of experiences of the events, but we also agree on crucial points. We endorse the fundamental right to demonstrate, and condemn violence, vandalism and intimidation. This does not fit within an academic community where we explore our differences in nuance and understanding. The COR also believes that (police) actions should always be restrained.

    Furthermore, the COR believes it is important to know how the situation could have escalated so much in recent weeks and we would like to see the situation carefully and independently investigated.

    The Central Works Council calls for de-escalation within the university. Staying in touch and listening to each other is extremely important at this time. Timely and accurate information is crucial in this regard.

Meetings and reports

The COR discusses with the Executive Board matters that affect the university as a whole or a majority. In addition, the COR consults with the Central Student Council in the Joint Assembly, and the COR consults twice a year with the Supervisory Board.

Go to the reports of the various consultations (in Dutch).


The COR gives recommendations on a wide range of issues.

Go to the overview of recommendations (in Dutch).


News items can be found on the Dutch COR-page.


In committees, the COR prepares certain issues in a smaller context, before they are discussed in a COR meeting. Committee meetings are public. For further information, you can contact the secretariat of the COR.

  • HRM

    The HRM Committee mainly focuses on personnel and occupational health and safety policy and matters relating to the organisation.

    Items on the agenda, amongst others:

    • HRM policy as a whole
    • New Ways of Working, working from home
    • Flexible staff training and career policy
    • Life-phase-oriented personnel policy
    • Joint decision-making in the UvA Holding
    • Work pressure
    • Safety policy/occupational health and safety
    • Copyright

    Committee members: Erella Grassiani, Charlotte Hille (chair), Hege Kjos,Tatatiana Markaki, Niels Naaraat, Marianne Sanders, Linda Schaap, Njal Van Woerden

  • Finance

    The Finance Committee advises the COR about important financial documents such as the budget and quarterly reports.

    Items on the agenda, amongst others:

    • Framework letter and budget
    • UvA annual accounts and annual report
    • Financial and management control
    • SIS

    Committee members: Henk Brand, David Jan Donner (chair), Edward Pasman, Leen Torenvliet, Otto van Tubergen

  • Accommodations

    In close collaboration with the Finance committee, the Accommodations Committee is involved in the recommendations ensuing from the annual updating of the UvA Accommodations Plan.

    Items on the agenda, amongst others:

    • (Long-Term) Accommodations Plan
    • Sustainability
    • Overall safety
    • Construction activities (Roeterseiland Campus and University Quarter)
    • Reputation management

    Committee members: Charlotte Hille, Gerwin van der Pol, Otto van Tubergen (chair)

  • Teaching and Research

    The Teaching and Research Committee focuses on matters relating to teaching and research and the quality thereof.

    Items on the agenda, amongst others:

    • Research vision
    • Research priority areas
    • UvA profile & performance agreements
    • Institutional audit, quality assurance
    • Creating and abolishing study programmes
    • Valorisation
    • Academic integrity
    • University teaching qualification for UvA lecturers

    Committee members: Henk Brand, Erella Grassiani, Hege Kjos, Gerwin van der Pol, Njal van Woerden (chair)

  • Privacy, Information Technology and Data Protection

    This temporary committee assesses and monitors information relating to digital processes and privacy policy more effectively.

    Items on the agenda, amongst others:

    • HR processes and personnel files
    • Information security policy
    • Privacy policy
    • GDPR

    Committee members: David Jan Donner, Leen Torenvliet (chair)

  • Communications

    In close cooperation with all COR members, the Communications Committee takes care of the provision of COR information and communication. One of the focal points is more visibility of the COR and exchange of knowledge between (OR) colleagues.

    Items on the agenda, among others:

    • News
    • Press releases
    • Website content in corporation with the COR secretary
    • Events

    Committee members: Alain Dankers, Gijs van Houwelingen, Hege Kjos, Edward Pasman, Gerwin van der Pol, secretary Nafisa Nagobi (editor)

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