Join in the day of action for a ‘Normal Academic Standard’
The university is calling on its students and staff to join in the national day of action on Tuesday 6 April for a ‘Normal Academic Standard ‘(Normaal Academisch Peil ). Administrators, students and staff from 14 universities will be sounding the alarm and asking the government to invest an additional 1.1 billion euros per year in university teaching and research.
Chronic underfunding is putting our universities under great pressure. Student numbers have been increasing for years, but the funding per student has decreased. And research funding has failed to increase along with student numbers for years. Research funding is intrinsically linked with the quality of the teaching because the research and teaching at our universities can’t do without one another.
That is why on Tuesday 6 April the students, administrators and staff of all 14 universities will be calling on the new government for an annual investment of 1.1 billion euros. Only then will higher education in the Netherlands return to a Normal Academic Standard. This claim made by us as a broad coalition is supported by an independent report prepared by PwC (in Dutch) at the request of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
Join in the protests on Tuesday 6 April, by using the email signature below, for example, and the special background for online meetings.
Email signature up to 6 April
I’m taking action to improve university research and teaching. Due to underfunding our students, lecturers and teaching professionals are barely keeping their heads above water. It’s high time to return university education to a Normal Academic Standard. Go to www.normaalacademischpeil.nl and join us!
Email signature on 6 April
I will not be available today because I am protesting for better university education. Due to underfunding our students, lecturers and teaching professionals are barely keeping their heads above water. It’s high time to return university education to a Normal Academic Standard. Support our campaign and go to www.normaalacademischpeil.nl
Feel free to use the background for online meetings or classes in Zoom or Teams. Download the toolkit van VSNU en WOinActie.
If you would like to support the campaign online, make sure to use #NAP or #NormaalAcademischPeil and, if you have room left, #wateraandelippen. Try to avoid only using #wateraandelippen. Always use ‘Normal Academic Standard’ in combination with other terms. You can easily share your stories with the social media buttons on the www.normaalacademischpeil.nl website.
Read more about the protests on 6 April on the Normal Academic Standard website.