The academic staff at Utrecht University works 10.000 unpaid hours every day.

On a weekly basis, academics on average work 13-15 unpaid hours.

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Utrecht University employs 3.768 academics.

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(3.768 * 13,5) / 5 = 10.174 hours per work day.

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On February 21st of this year, Lisa Westerveld, Wim-Jan Renkema and Frank Futselaar asked parliamentary questions about the work pressure in Higher Education. Specifically, they referred to 700 mentions of undesirable working conditions to the Inspection SZW. They also referred to the report "Inventarisation of the magnitude and consequences of structural overtime hours within Dutch universities", conducted by AOb and FNV on behalf of WOinActie. This report states that academics in The Netherlands work 13-15 overtime hours per week. In the answer to the parliamentary questions, the minister mainly stated that the work pressure is the responsibility of the universities themselves.

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According to the Key figures in the Utrecht University Annual Report, the UU employed 3.768 academic staff members in 2019.

Other estimations

According to an estimation made by the Rathenau Institute, Dutch academic staff works 25% more than their contract states. The report is quoted in the article "Overtime? Get used to it!"   in Wageningen University & Research's RESOURCE.

The Dutch Government grants 25% less budget per student than they did in 2000, according to numbers of the Dutch Association of Universities (VSNU). Less budget per student translates to a lower teacher-to-student ratio. In short: more work per teacher.

In comparison to other prosperous European countries, The Netherlands spends a very small fraction of the Bruto National Product on education. The frontrunner, Switzerland, spends a 2,5x larger part of the BNP on education than The Netherlands. This is stated in the 2017 Annual Report of the European University Association (EUA). Since 2017, the contribution to education as a percentage of the BNP has barely increased.

The work pressure in Higher Education is experienced as significantly higher than in other sectors. 47% of academic employees indicate experiencing a high or very high work pressure. This is paired with lower involvement, enthusiasm and satisfaction. This is stated in the report Work and Performance Pressure among Academic Staff, written by the Social Fund Knowledge Sector (SoFoKles).

The preparation time for courses has decreased, although there are more students in each seminar. The number of theses teachers are expected to supervise, is often too big to guarantee a careful and involved supervision. This was stated by the Executive Board of UvA in a letter to the minister.

Have we caught your curiosity? The WOinActie website is chock full of additional facts and figures.

The work pressure in Higher Education is experienced as significantly higher than in other sectors. 47% of academic employees indicate experiencing a high or very high work pressure. This is paired with lower involvement, enthusiasm and satisfaction. This is stated in the report Work and Performance Pressure among Academic Staff, written by the Social Fund Knowledge Sector (SoFoKles).