Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam facilitates scientists at all levels to be aware of applicable standards of good research practice. Hierarchy should not be an obstacle in discussing these standards and holding each other accountable for behaviour. We strive for a safe inclusive and open working culture in which scientific integrity is safeguarded by all staff members.
Training and supervision
At VU Amsterdam senior staff and supervisors actively engage with PhD candidates on both dilemmas and responsible and questionable research practices. Training and further education are essential to make academic integrity an integral part of our actions. VU Amsterdam facilitates this, for example, through the training course Supervising PhD candidates (Begeleiden van promovendi; in Dutch), which you will find through the Learning Management System (LMS)
PhD Candidate Advisor and other confidential counsellors
Do you have questions or concerns about your PhD trajectory? Do you need help or advice with a conflict? Are you not feeling well? Are you running into practical problems? There are several places to turn to at the VU. Please visit Help, support and advice for PhD candidates.
Academic integrity coordination
At all faculties, attention is paid to academic integrity by creating awareness. Through academic integrity coordination, each faculty structures the overview on academic integrity policies and other academic integrity initiatives to be undertaken. Recurring activities are promoted informally and positively through the faculty academic integrity annual agenda. The aim is to have an open dialogue on both questionable and responsible research practices, as well as research standards, dilemmas, and best practices.
Central academic integrity coordination
At central level, academic integrity coordination is vested in the policy advisor for academic integrity, N. (Nathalie) Trifkovic (Administration Office), firstname.lastname@example.org. The central academic integrity coordinator organises a university-wide meeting every six months. Depending on what is going on, a specific theme is linked to this. In addition, academic integrity coordinators exchange information through the Academic Integrity Coordination Network on dilemmas, best practices and bottlenecks in support of the tasks arising from academic integrity coordination.
Faculty academic integrity coordination
At faculty level, WI coordination is invested as indicated below. For more information on what academic integrity coordination involves per faculty, contact the relevant academic integrity coordinator:
Faculty of Humanities
prof. dr. Piek Vossen in cooperation with Liesbeth Geudeke
Faculty of Religion and Theology
prof. dr. Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte
Faculty of Science
School of Business and Economics
prof. dr. Elco van Burg
Faculty of Law
mr. dr. Edward Kleemans
Faculty of Social Sciences
prof. dr. Jacquelien van Stekelenburg in cooperation with Koen Leuveld
VUmc, Faculty of Medicine
Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences
ACTA, Academisch Centrum Tandheelkunde Amsterdam
prof. dr. Frank Lobbezoo