The Dutch Recognition & Rewards network, the Comenius network and Ruth Graham held a series of webinars regarding recognition and rewards of university teaching.

The first webinar took place on Monday 23 November 9:30-11:00 am. In this webinar Jeroen Geurts, President of the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) and board member of the Dutch Research Council (NWO) welcomed the attendees. The webinar was moderated by Ruth Graham.

In the webinar, we discussed the challenges and opportunities of reforming institutional reward systems, from a range of different perspectives. Our invited speakers provided us with insights regarding implemented changes in their organizations, the opportunities and challenges they faced during the change process and their current or upcoming activities to enhance the process.  

When we had gained new insights from these speakers, the webinar provided room for questions and discussion among all participants.


  • Joe Chicharo (University of Wollongong, Australia)
  • Manon Kluijtmans (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
  • Sam Smidt (UCL, UK)

The second webinar took place on Friday 27 November 9:30-11:00 am (Central European Time). In this webinar Pieter Duisenberg, president of the Dutch Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) welcomed the attendees. Ruth Graham was again the moderator.

Again three speakers shared their insights in the change process in their organizations. The talks were designed to introduce the challenges and opportunities of driving a national/collective reform to the ways in which university teaching is rewarded and recognized, from a range of different perspectives, before opening up the meeting to discussion among all participants.


  • Rianne Letschert (Maastricht University, Netherlands)
  • Dato’ Mohd Saleh Jaafar (Malaysian Ministry for Higher Education)
  • Inger Askehave (Aalborg University, Denmark)

A summary and the video recordings can be found here.

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