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Policy 

The universiteitsraad vertegenwoordigt de gemeenschap op een oplossingsgerichte en verantwoordelijke manier. Met toewijding en energie streven wij naar een gemeenschap waarin alle belangen van de Erasmians aan bod komen. De raad bekleedt een zeer belangrijke positie binnen de universiteit, met belangrijke bevoegdheden en connecties, om het beleid uit te voeren.

Taskforces 2020-2021

This a very interesting topic, because deans play an important role for a good working faculty and for good working programs. I was curious also with regard to the distribution of powers between EUR Central and Faculties.

- Ferry Blom, Staff Member 2020-2021

The ultimate purpose of the Task Force “Employee Wellbeing” is to ensure a sustainable, healthy, and socially safe work environment for the employees at the EUR. Currently, one of the most urgent issues at the EUR, as in the rest of the Netherlands, is that employees are working with a chronic sense of work pressure. Moreover, adjusting to the Covid-19 lockdown has been extremely demanding, leading to increased work demands for everyone. In this context, employees are hindered in delivering their best work. This will – in the end – impact the quality of education as well as quantity and quality of research, provided by well-meaning, but overworked and tired personnel.

The premise of the UC is that tackling chronic work pressure and improving employee well-being transcends individual responsibility. The UC appreciates the initiatives the EUR has initiated aimed at the person, such as improving self-service, work-life balance coaching, sharper policy for the ombudsperson, and confidentiality counselors, but we keep emphasizing that more fundamental,  systemic changes are needed to restore the balance between workload and resources. From its central position, the UC stimulates well-orchestrated collective efforts and primary preventive measures. In addition, the UC aims to safeguard cohesion in policy and decision-making.

Recent actions of the Taskforce include:

  • Declaration of a chronic work-pressure emergency (co-signed by EUROPA)
  • Unsolicited advice “Plan tackling work pressure”
  • Unsolicited advice “Well-being monitor”
  • Regular meetings with the Program Board Healthy and Safe Working
  • UC talks with the Ombudsperson
- Marjan Gorgievski, Staff Member 2020-2021

The “Finance Taskforce” periodically meets with dr Pieter Jellema (head of Corporate Planning & Control) to discuss documents and reports that are parts of the Planning & Control cycle, such as the Annual Report + Financial Statements  (right of information), Budgetary Framework/Erasmus Perspectives (right of advice + right of consent on main elements), Budget Plan (right of advice + right of consent on main elements) and the Highlights Reports (right of information).

The ‘right of consent on the main elements of the budget’ was introduced during the budget process of 2016 and was evaluated in 2018. Shortly a new evaluation will take place. Before the summer holidays, the framework for this new evaluation will be presented and discussed with the UC. CPC will take the lead in setting up the framework.

The EUR allocation model was revised in 2018. The UC has the right of consent on changes in the allocation model. In the autumn of 2021, an evaluation of the current allocation model will take place. The two evaluations (right of consent on main elements and allocation model) will be held separately (although the subjects are related) because it is expected that the evaluation of the allocation model will take more time to finish.

 

- Ben Bode, Staff Member 2020-2021

Main cause of my membership is my task to advice as a policy advisor on Structural Reports for the appointment of new professors within ESL. It was good to think with the policy makers of the EUR on the policy behind the appointment of professors in general.

- Ferry Blom, Staff Member 2020-2021

The main cause of my membership to this task force is my task of handling complaints of, mainly, students. I was quite critical about the new regulation because I expect the workload of handling claims will probably rise. Furthermore, I hope that amicable settlements with complainants will still be possible as much as in the present.

- Ferry Blom, Staff Member 2020-2021

 

The “Working group Strategy” periodically meets with the Strategy Team to discuss the further development of the implementation of the EUR “Strategy 2024”. The strategic document sets out multiple strategic goals, which have been formulated within each pillar, as well as including examples of implementation actions selected from the Strategy Design Labs.

During the meeting of the “Working group Strategy” the members are involved in the appraisal of, and further reflection on, the implementation. The aim is to arrive at a carefully considered and effective implementation plan, based on a co-creative approach. The UC has the right to information in the implementation plan for the strategic planning.

- Ben Bode, Staff Member 2020-2021

One of the topics closest to my heart is that on student wellbeing. I know first-hand how challenging finding a healthy work-life balance can be and know many students struggling with performance pressure, loneliness, and anxiety. A friend of mine was even admitted to psychiatry for several months because of thesis-related stress-induced psychosis. And all that was pre-covid. Arguably, one of the best things this pandemic did is to destigmatize mental health issues. It made it okay to not be okay and to not have to pretend all is ‘hunky-dory’. With my colleagues from the Student Wellbeing Taskforce, we research and get in touch with initiatives that promote wellbeing in different parts of the chain of care (i.e., awareness, prevention, detection, treatment, etc). We then involve policymakers and the Executive Board by suggesting collaborations that could benefit the EUR student community. Next to exploring external partners, we remain internally focused by issuing advice (for example, for an increased number of student psychologists) as well as by attending and promoting events related to wellbeing like the Student Wellbeing Week, Time Out, and others. I urge us all to look after one another and most importantly- never hesitate to seek help! My personal recommendations are trying out yoga, signing up for a mindfulness course, or just checking what the Are you OK out there? the platform has to offer.

 

- Afrodita Dobreva, Student Member 2020-2021

The Sustainability Task Force aims to support and accelerate the sustainability transition at our university. By consulting with policymakers, the program manager Marieke van der Glas, and the Executive Board and by bringing forward our own initiatives, we aim to help implement sustainability in research, education, and physically on campus. In doing so, especially with reducing the environmental footprint of our university, we are committed to ensuring EUR achieves the ambitions set in both the University’s Strategy 2024 and the Rotterdam Climate Agreement.

We also work together with the Erasmus Sustainability Hub, a central partner on this topic, to realize concrete proposals that make our university more sustainable. To name just a few recent initiatives, we proposed to the university’s Executive Board to implement Ecosia as a new search engine, to switch off “phantom energy” such as lights and PCs when not used, and to introduce more sustainable flying and printing policies. Furthermore, we have asked the EB to speed up the development of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that reflect our sustainability progress and asked for the carbon footprint reports of the past two years that are currently missing. We deem it necessary to have a clear and up-to-date overview of where we stand as EUR in terms of our sustainability transition.

Here’s where you come in. In our efforts to learn from the best practices from other universities and our Erasmian community, we would like to ask: Do you have ideas on how to make our university more sustainable? Get in touch with us via university.council@eur.nl.

- Luca Kriese, Student Member 2020-2021

This is a very important judicial topic. I wanted to contribute as much as possible to a policy that would create a transparent University with regard to whistleblower issues. The topic of the e-mail investigation of the EB made it clear that such a policy is needed.

- Ferry Blom, Staff Member 2020-2021

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