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Governance

Management and Control

The starting point of the university’s planning and control cycle is the policy letter in the spring, which sets out the content and financial frameworks for the new budget year. In the autumn, the faculties and other units submit their (multi-year) budgets (including policy intentions) to the Executive Board and the budget discussions take place. The Executive Board then submits the university budget and the governance agenda to the participational bodies. They have the right of approval over the main features of the university budget. The budget is then approved by the board of Stichting Katholieke Universiteit.

The university reports on its activities each year by publishing the annual report. The same procedure as above is used here: the units prepare their own annual reports, after which the faculties submit their annual reports to the Executive Board. After conducting the annual report discussions, the university annual report is submitted for information to the participational bodies and is approved by the board of Stichting Katholieke Universiteit.

During the year, the development of a number of indicators is periodically monitored, including some related to education, research, staff, students and finances. If necessary, interim adjustments are made based on these data.

Academic higher education and research is carried out in seven faculties at Radboud University. Each faculty's Executive Board leads and manages the faculty and sets the course for the faculty as a whole. The dean acts as chair of the board and is supported by the secretary (and/or their assistant), who also prepares the meetings. The student assessor attends the meetings as an adviser.

Deans

  • Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies
    Dean: Christoph Lüthy

  • Faculty of Arts
    Dean: Margot van Mulken

  • Nijmegen School of Management
    Dean: Paul Hendriks (from October: Tom Elfring)

  • Faculty of Medical Sciences
    Dean: Jan Smit

  • Faculty of Science
    Dean: Lutgarde Buydens

  • Faculty of Law
    Dean: Piet Hein van Kempen

  • Faculty of Social Sciences
    Dean: Michiel Kompier

Participational Bodies and Programme Committees

Students and staff contribute to the quality of administrative decisions by playing an active role in participational bodies at the university (central) level, faculty (local) level, and programme level. The university offers various training courses to members of the participational bodies and programme committees to optimally prepare them for their roles.

Central Participational Bodies

Eight times per year, the Works Council and the Student Council meet together with the Executive Board in the Joint Assembly, with input from four members from Radboud university medical center. An important topic in 2020 was the AMD-RU Cooperation Agreement: it was extended until autumn 2021, with the intention of better securing occupational health and safety, security and environmental issues at the university. Furthermore, thanks to the participational bodies, the temporary housing of digital assessments in Comeniuslaan 4 and 6 was agreed to not for five, but for ten years. The first part of this digital assessment site was opened in early 2021.

COVID-19 was a much-discussed topic in the participational bodies. Various matters (such as education, assessment, temporary suspension of the binding study advice, deviations from the annual schedule) were submitted as guidelines for approval. The Student Council also drew attention to student well-being. This led to a comprehensive action plan for student guidance. A coordinator for Student Well-Being has since been appointed.

A lot of meeting time was spent discussing online proctoring, a method of monitoring for fraud when remote students complete online assessments. It was not so much substantive differences of opinion between the participational bodies and the university’s administration that raised emotions, but rather the procedure. The participational bodies wanted to exercise their advisory authority, about which a dispute was brought before the Deetman committee. It agreed with the participational bodies and went a step further: the participational bodies have the right of assent to the use of online proctoring. A subsequent decision on the use of online proctoring will therefore be submitted for approval.

Each academic year, the Joint Assembly publishes an annual report that is published on Radboudnet: the university intranet that is accessible to students and staff.

Composition of the central participational bodies

  • Works Council, consisting of:

    • 21 members who are elected annually by staff members;

  • University Student Council, consisting of:

    • 8 members who are elected annually by students;

    • and 6 members who are appointed by the federations of student organisations.

  • University Joint Assembly, consisting of:

    • the 21 members from the Works Council;

    • the 8 elected members of the University Student Council;

    • 4 members representing the academic staff of Radboud university medical center.

Local Participational Bodies

Students and staff exercise their participation in the Faculty Joint Assembly (FGV), together with the Faculty Board. Unlike at other universities, our FGV has the right of consent for the Education and Examination Regulations, discusses the budget and the annual report, and consults on all professor appointments at the faculty. There is a student assessor on the Faculty Board who can also make the student voice heard at the board level.

Composition of the local participational bodies

There are three local participational bodies per faculty:

  • Representative Council (OC), consisting of:

    • 5 to 15 members who are elected annually by staff members.

  • Faculty Student Council (FSR), consisting of:

    • 4 to 8 members who are elected annually by students.

  • Faculty Joint Assembly, consisting of:

    • the members of the OC;

    • the members of the FSR.

Programme Committees

Every department has a programme committee, comprised of both lecturer and student members. The committee advises the Faculty Board about important educational matters related to the programme. Based on educational evaluations, the committee makes recommendations to improve the curriculum. Topics that are addressed within the committee include the study material, the degree of difficulty of examinations, and the performance of lecturers. The student members of the programme committees are elected during the University Student Council elections, which take place every May. The Donders Institute, the Radboud Graduate School of Education, and Radboud Services/Administrative Office each have their own Representative Council.