Scientists’ public interests after uncertainty about side jobs

AP

  • Siebe Sietsma

    search editor

  • Yuri Vogts

    Nieuwsuur Editor

  • Siebe Sietsma

    search editor

  • Yuri Vogts

    Nieuwsuur Editor

Side jobs for all Dutch professors must be available to everyone before this year. Minister Robert Dijgraf has asked universities to create a public registry for this purpose.

The Minister adheres to this measure searching for news hour. This shows that professors do not always post their part-time jobs according to the rules, and that compulsory enrollment in universities is messy or sometimes even completely absent.

“These are things we’ve come to clear agreements on, but you have to conclude that institutions are dirty,” says Djgraf. “It raises a lot of questions and undermines the public perception of what science is.”

The minister wants to know from universities before this year when this central registry will be ready. In a letter to the university boards, the minister also asked “urgently” to check if they knew all the additional positions for their professors. “As a business owner, you are responsible for registration and can impose penalties.”

The obligation of the Minister to register additional employment by law is currently too far for the Minister. So it remains an urgent call. “I feel like all noses are in the same direction, we just have to go faster.”

Twenty thousand side jobs

The record will put an end to the lingering discussion. Science institutions have been promising transparency about part-time jobs since 2008. Now from research by news hour If it turns out that this is still not true, then the minister wants to work on it quickly. The registry should be ready by the end of this year.

Care

The minister also wants to set up an independent commission to check whether sponsorship of professors by the business community and governments has been properly arranged. This should also be apparent to the outside world. from search by news hour pale However, Leiden University and its professor Di sGuarantee by the tax authorities. A talented professor from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) demonstrated Secretly Funded by the real estate lobby. This professor took after questions from news hour the classroom.

Problematic in building science, according to Dijgraf. “People see a scientist say something and then at a certain point they hear it: Wait a minute, you have another job. You didn’t share that job with us. Then people start to doubt the message.” If it was up to the minister, professors who did not disclose all of their side jobs would be punished by their employer.

The minister also wants a healthy relationship between the professors who receive their salaries from the university and the sponsored professors. For example, the UvA Department of Tax Law is mainly made up of professors who, in addition to their scholarly work, are also employed by tax consulting firms.

UNL, the umbrella organization of universities, confirms that Minister Djgraf has once again submitted the application for registration to it. Universities promise to work on it.

Reporter Siebe Sietsma, along with colleagues Yoeri Vugts and Lars Boogaard, conducted research into additional professor positions.

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