Temporary contracts will not be renewed and vacancies will not be filled. In addition to the total halt on vacancies announced by the Executive Board this week and effective immediately, more economy measures will follow. The Executive Board wants to save at least 10 million euros, preferably already by 2011, as government contributions appear to be decreasing rapidly.
The halt on vacancies has already been effective this week and it will last until at least 31 December 2011. Whether academic staff with temporary contracts that are about to expire (whether they are paid by direct or indirect government or other funding) will have their contracts renewed, will be decided on an individual basis. Where possible, work will have to be done by permanent staff, says Postema. In extraordinary cases – permission from the Executive Board will always be required – the faculty or institute can still recruit or extend a contract. This could be the case if there was a danger of missing out on subsidies, key positions would remain unfilled or the quality of education would be compromised. As far as research is concerned, the faculties may recruit if a project requires highly specialised expertise. “At the same time, they need to look into the possibility of using current staff, for example by deploying directly funded staff in indirectly funded projects.”
Other measures will follow later this year. “A working group is making an inventory of potential savings. Options include hiring external staff, licensing contracts in the field of ICT, postponing renovations of buildings, reconsidering the rental or acquisition of new buildings. The major investments in education and research, such as the Leading in Learning programme and Brains Unlimited, are not in danger.”