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Institution Profile: Radboud University

Type of InstitutionComprehensive University or equivalent
Academic DisciplinesDiscipline non-specified
  • In the Netherlands, various debates, agendas and campaigns around responsible research assessment culminated in the multi-stakeholder Recognition and Rewards Programme and its position paper ‘Room for Everyone’s Talent’ being published in 2019.
  • In response to the national programme, Radboud University formed a Recognition and Rewards Committee. The committee put out a discussion paper on how the University plans to reward non-research related activities among academic staff: teaching, societal impact, patient care (in the medical centre) and administrative tasks.
  • The document sets out four principles for changing how its academic work is recognized and valued, including: quality being evaluated based on a combination of qualitative and quantitative information; greater emphasis being put on teamwork and research collaboration; and recognizing the broad diversity of academic tasks and the varying diverse talents of staff.
  • The University plans to organize discussion meetings with staff on how these principles can be put into practice.
  • In 2022, Radboud University signed the Agreement on Reforming Research Assessment and as such became one of CoARA member organizations. The core commitments following from the signature are, for Radboud, recognizing diversity in scientific work and careers, strengthening the emphasis on quality and responsible use of quantitative forms of research assessment.
  • In 2023, the Faculty of Science released guidelines on preventing unconscious biases in recruitment of faculty. It offers specific recommendations for each step of the process: setting up the committee, writing and advertising the vacancy, shortlisting, managing the visits, interviewing and making the final selection.

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A new system of recognition and rewards 4

A series of news items on recognition from Radboud University. Notably includes a 2021 discussion paper that lays our problems with current research assessment and outlines four new principles: a richer understanding of quality; collaboration; diversity; and human dimensions.
Radboud University
Netherlands (Comprehensive University or equivalent)
Portfolio assessmentResearch collaborationResponsible Metrics
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Practices that can Minimize the Impact of Implicit Bias in Attracting and Evaluating Candidates 10

The following recommendations for the Faculty of Science at Radboud University highlight key practices to be deployed to minimize biases during faculty search and assessment processes.
Radboud University
Netherlands (Comprehensive University or equivalent)
Equity and inclusion
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