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 Facilities regulations for participation in decision-making and early involvement in policy proposals. A student assessor has also been appointed.
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 an interactive platform, set up the University Forum and appointed a chief diversity officer.
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 organisation.
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 is gathered at several stages of the process and a new allocation model has been drawn up.
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 on the Binnengasthuis premises.
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 procedures' are no longer tolerated.