It is vital that the organisation keeps a complete register of the ancillary activities of professors, ensures that it is up to date and verifies it for accuracy. ‘In essence, ancillary activities are a good thing: they serve as proof that we’re in touch with society and they’re important for our teaching and research. However, it’s essential that we register them properly and transparently and that they can be checked for potential conflicts of interest,’ Rector Magnificus Peter-Paul Verbeek says. ‘This really is a point for improvement.’
The national regulation on the ancillary activities of employees stipulates that employees must be transparent about their ancillary activities and the organisation or company on behalf of which they are performed. The ancillary activities of professors must be listed on their personal profile page on the website of the institution that employs them.
The audit revealed the following:
Examples of specific measures:
All this means that there’s work to be done, we now have an action plan in place that will enable us to make haste with putting the registration system in order.Executive Board President Geert ten Dam