The way in which recognition and reward is shaped within universities has, until now, mostly been determined by performance in research and education. Management tasks are usually not taken into account and knowledge transfer activities often do not count as actual performance. This is often at odds with the primary motives of academics: curiosity, involvement in the world and the desire to provide useful research for education, the economy and society.
That is why VU aspires to a more diverse and balanced way of recognising and rewarding, which does justice to everyone's talent and distributes the workload more effectively. Less emphasis on quantitative indicators such as the number of publications and more attention for performance in other core areas, such as education, social impact, leadership and, in the case of University Medical Centres, care for patients. VU wants to offer its academic staff an environment and career paths in which they can develop their talents and choose the direction that suits them. This helps them excel in what they are good at. To realise this ambition, we will work together to review the current way of recognising and rewarding academics. This will lead to a new way of recognising and rewarding that is more in line with the VU mission, the current tasks of our academics and what society expects from us.
Also read VU’s vision of recognition and reward that is intended to provide insight and increase our imagination.
In the below drop-down menu you will find more information on the national recognition and reward programme, which VU is part of. Would you like to know how this is being implemented within VU? Below you will find some practical examples: