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The first CvB on Tour meetings recap: join us next time!

20 April 2021

The first three Executive Board on (virtual) Tour meetings have taken place. What are the first experiences and how can you register for one of the upcoming meetings?

Series of meetings 

In a series of ten meetings, Annetje Ottow, Hester Bijl and Martijn Ridderbos are talking to different groups of staff. Why? To connect or reconnect with people and to share ideas about Leiden University. 

Jan Sleutels, a senior university lecturer at the Institute for Philosophy, joined in the meeting for members of co-participation bodies. "It was great to meet the board. The only time I’d seen our new president before that was in a video on the website. I was worried at first that people would use it to vent and would only focus on problems and what’s gone wrong. But that wasn’t the case at all. The meeting was all about challenges, opportunities (educational innovation, for example) and a sense of resilience: we’ve succeeded rather well in rapidly adapting our teaching and research. That gave the meeting a good vibe. Definitely worth repeating!"

New insights

At the meetings staff get to know not only the Executive Board but also colleagues with a similar role at another faculty, for instance. The first meetings have already resulted in new insights: colleagues who found they were in the same situation, people with good examples that others could immediately apply in their own work and new information about what is at play at the university. 

Annetje Ottow: "The new board has been working for two months now. These online coffee meetings are giving us the opportunity to get to know many of our colleagues, despite all the remote working. After the first three meetings I can safely say that it isn’t just fun but is also worthwhile. In the first meetings we have already heard all about what our colleagues are up to, which themes are important and where people can see opportunities for our university. This is valuable input for the new strategic plan that we’re working on. I’m really looking forward to the next few meetings."


Would you like to meet the Board and other colleagues? Do you think it is important to have your say on the strategic plan? Seven more meetings are planned. You are welcome to register. 

Date Time Candidates Apply

Wednesday 21 April

12:00 – 13:00 hour PhD candidates  Apply
Wednesday 12 May 10:00 – 11:00 hour Staff from the SEA expertise centre and Administration and Central Services Apply
Tuesday 25 May      14:15 – 15:15 hour Faculty office and education administration staff  Apply
Wednesday 2 June 15:00 – 16:00 hour Postdocs Apply
Wednesday 16 June 09:00 – 10:00 hour Lecturers and examination boards Apply
Wednesday 16 June       14:00 – 15:00 hour Staff from the UBL, UFB and VG expertise centres Apply
Tuesday 29 June 14:00 – 15:00 hour Secretaries and management assistants Apply


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