Marjo van der Valk, a spokesperson trade unions at TU/e (Technische Universiteit Eindhoven), said she is optimistic the university will give in to long-standing demands and appoint and Ombuds this year. Van de Valk is encouraged by the four Dutch universities that started a pilot in 2019: the University of Twente, TU Delft, Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Maastricht University.
Van der Valk points to data showing that intimidation and misconduct occur across all layers of the academic community in the Netherlands. In addition, Ombuds running pilot programs are already reporting positive results. These reasons may be why Van der Valk senses that the TU/e Executive Board has become more open to appointing an Ombuds. As a possible alternative, Van der Valk says that university unions may include demands for Ombuds in the next collective bargaining agreement. (TU/e Cursor.)
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