A better balance between teaching and research duties, greater recognition of team performances and the elimination of simplistic assessment criteria. The ‘Academia in Motion’ paper published by the Leiden University Recognition and Rewards describes the main problems with recognition and rewards in academia and makes some recommendations.

With Academia in Motion, Leiden University has joined the national initiative for a new form of recognition and rewards in academia. This was sparked by worries at all universities about the heavy workload, the quality of assessment and the lack of transparency in career policy. The paper is the result of many discussions that the members of the steering group held at the faculties.

Please also read the interview with Manon van der Heijden and Sarah de Rijcke, the chairs of the steering group. Van der Heijden is Academic Director and a professor at the Institute for History. De Rijcke is Scientific Director and Professor of Science and Evaluation Studies at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies.

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