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Allocation model

Allocation model

UvA Executive Board approves new allocation model

The Executive Board has approved the final description of the new allocation model. This model, which describes how primary funding (government grants and tuition fees) will be allocated, has been updated over the past two years based on input from the academic community and in collaboration with the representative advisory bodies.

Jan Lintsen, the Executive Board member responsible for Finance, underlines the importance of the allocation model and is happy with the way in which it was reviewed and updated. “The allocation model determines the amount of funding assigned to the faculties and forms the basis for the UvA’s budgetary cycle. It enables all faculties to implement current policy plans and gives the UvA good points of reference for realising future strategies."

Input from the academic community

The establishment of the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan prompted a review of the previous allocation model, which had been in place for about ten years. This is an important topic for the university, and the academic community was involved on several occasions.

More than two years ago, the process of reviewing the old and implementing a new allocation model got underway with a university-wide discussion. The allocation model working group processed the various contributions to this discussion and presented a proposal to the Executive Board at the end of 2016. Subsequently, in consultation with the deans, the Executive Board drafted a proposal that was shared with the academic community at the end of 2017. Academic community members could respond to that proposal via the ‘Denk mee met de UvA’ ('Have your say at UvA’) platform. The proposal was subsequently discussed at length with the representative advisory bodies, which endorsed it in March 2018.

Lintsen: "The efforts and input we received from community members during meetings and via the 'Have your say' platform have been invaluable. The fact that this process can be concluded with the backing of the representative advisory bodies gives us confidence for financial and substantive discussions in the coming years." The new allocation model will be applied for the first time when drawing up the 2019 Framework Letter.

More information

More information about the new allocation model and the review process is available on More detailed information about the new allocation model can be found in the document 'Description of the UvA allocation model'. An infographic has been created to explain how the new allocation model works in practice. A list of answers to frequently asked questions has also been provided.