On 9 March, the Joint Meeting of the COR and CSR agreed to the proposal for a new allocation model. The aim of this model is to distributing the UvA’s direct funding (government grant and tuition fees).
The model determines the amount of funding assigned to the faculties and forms the basis for the UvA’s budgetary cycle. It will be introduced with the 2019 framework letter and budget.
Jan Lintsen, member of the Executive Board and Finance portfolio holder: ‘I am delighted that the representative advisory bodies have endorsed this important document. The new allocation model gives optimal support to the existing strategy set out in the Strategic Plan. It provides space for innovation, reinforces the choice to be a broad university, and strengthens the bond between teaching and research. The model provides significant space for policy at the faculty level and it also increases the UvA’s financial resilience. It has been developed in such a way that it can serve as a long-term basis for allocating funds and preparing budgets.’
The representative advisory bodies’ endorsement was preceded by a process that took over two years, in which the entire academic community could contribute to the debate on the distribution of funds within the university. In this process, employees and students were invited to contribute their ideas.
Suggestions were put forward at various meetings and online. In total, around 150 people took advantage of this opportunity and submitted ideas. A working group that included technical content experts reviewed the suggestions that had come in and produced a proposal based on all of the suggestions. In addition, a sounding board group with representatives from the faculties and the representative advisory bodies acted as a sparring partner for the working group.
At the end of 2016, the working group presented an initial proposal for a renewed allocation model. Last year, the Executive Board and the deans held a number of discussions on the model. This ultimately resulted in a proposal for a new allocation model based on the working group’s original proposal, which took the deans’ responses to the proposal into account.
From 5 December, members of the academic community were able to give feedback on the new proposal via denkmee.uva.nl. They had until 19 December 2017 to respond via this platform. The proposal was subsequently discussed at length with the representative advisory bodies, which endorsed it in March 2018. Along with this endorsement, the Joint Meeting made a number of recommendations regarding the new allocation model. The Executive Board will take heed of these recommendations and inform the Joint Meeting regarding their development.
The final description and infographic for the new model will be published shortly on this site.