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The representative advisory bodies of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) are to be given the right of approval to the basic profile of new members of the UvA-AUAS Executive Board. Moreover, the selection committees will be expanded with extra members on behalf of students and staff. This decision was taken by the UvA-AUAS Supervisory Boards after consultation with the Central Student Council (CSR), the UvA Works Council (COR) and the representative advisory council (CMR) of the AUAS.

On 9 July it was announced that the Supervisory Boards would closely involve the representative advisory bodies in the procedure for appointing a new president of the UvA-AUAS Executive Board and a rector magnificus of the UvA. The bodies would hereby be involved in, among other things, drawing up the profiles, participating in the selection committees, conducting support consultations and in the right to be consulted on appointments.

This last week the appointment procedure was discussed further, especially the way that students and staff can be involved through the representative advisory bodies, the composition of the selection committees and the right of approval to the basic profiles. The Supervisory Boards hereby decided to give the representative advisory bodies the right of approval with regard to the basic profile of both the president of the Executive Board and the rector magnificus, and to enlarge the selection committees to four members on behalf of students and staff (1 for the CSR, 1 for the COR and 2 for the CMR).

‘We are delighted that the joint representative advisory bodies now have a right of approval to the profile of new board members and have an influential say in the actual filling of vacancies. With this, the Supervisory Boards have gone beyond recent undertakings made by the Minister of Education and have shown the importance they attach to bolstering participation in decision-making at our university. We will take the time to involve the entire UvA community in this process,’ the COR said in a statement.

The CSR is also ‘positive’ about the procedural changes. ‘We will do our utmost to involve the academic community as much as possible in drafting the basic profile.’

The AUAS’ representative advisory council described the undertakings made by the Supervisory Boards as ‘constructive and a step in the right direction in strengthening participation in decision-making within both institutions’. The CMR also ‘realises that its new and greater role in the appointment procedure also means it will have greater responsibility. The CMR will therefore involve the AUAS community explicitly in the process.’