ProVU in the Works Council (Ondernemingsraad, OR)

Vote for the OR Works Council! 6 – 12 March 2017


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The candidates for the Works Council 2017 – 2021 on behalf of ProVU:

Razi Quadir

Razi (1972) studied Medical Laboratory Research, Biotechnology at the Hogeschool van Utrecht (graduated in 1998) and Religious Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where he specialized in two Masters: Specialization Islam In-Depth and Specialization Islamic Spiritual Counseling (graduated in 2012). He currently works as lecturer and PhD-candidate at the Faculty of Theology. His research is on how freedom of expression in Islam and liberal democracies relate to each other. In 2006 and 2007 Razi was a member of the Ondernemingsraad (Works Council) of the UMC Utrecht where he worked for eight years. In April 2016 Razi joined the Ondernemingsraad of the VU as a member of ProVU. He is a member of two committees: Education and Research and Legal Affairs. One of the things that he focuses on is that employees with temporary contracts should have more opportunities to get permanent contracts.
Danielle Watchman

In October 2010 Danielle started to work at the Academic Centre for Dentistry (ACTA) as a front desk assistant and editor for the faculty magazine Factaal. She is now in the final phase of her study in Applied Psychology, viewing the health care industry as the right place for her. She has been a member of the Works Council of the ACTA since July 2015. She thinks work councils provide an important representation for employees in their workplace, as they have substantial powers to affect university policies. She focuses on creating a good relationship between VU and ACTA and feels very privileged to have the opportunity to be part of both the work council for the VU (ProVU) and ACTA.
Sjaak Lammerts

Sjaak (1963) studied Business at HTS Rijswijk (graduated 1986) and Arbeids- & Organisatiepsychologie at Rijksuniversiteit Leiden (graduated 1991). Since 2014 he works at the department of Neurosciences (Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences) where he does all the operational management in close contact with scientists and support staff.
He has worked in various jobs, HR and operational management, at KNAW, UvA, and HvA. He has supported various boards with employee and student councils until 2013. He admires the VU as an organization and would now like to be a member of the Ondernemingsraad so he can contribute to making the VU an even better organization, particularly focusing on themes like diversity and sustainability. Sjaak also wants to advise on operational and strategic issues to make the VU a better place for all to work and study.
Jeroen Dudok

Jeroen (1981) studied the bachelor Biomedical Sciences at the VU and graduated with the Master of Neurosciences in 2004. He did his PhD at the department of Functional Genomics in the Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research, where he studied the outgrowth and connectivity of the brain serotonin system. After his PhD he moved to the Netherlands Brain Institute where he worked for five years as a postdoctoral fellow in the department of Neuromedical Genetics, where he studied the functional role of apical proteins in the developing brain and the retina. Since February 2014 he works as a lecturer in the bachelor programme Gezondheid en Leven (‘Health and life’). In this bachelor programme he is a lecturer in several courses, responsible for managing the biomedical and clinical track and he coordinates the bachelor internships in these tracks. Furthermore, he is chairman of the examination board of Gezondheid en Leven. He would like to contribute to the VU as an organization by joining the Ondernemingsraad. In the Ondernemingsraad, he would like to specifically focus on career prospects for temporary academic staff, the balance between teaching and research and the appreciation and value for teaching in academic careers.
Daan F. Oostveen

Daan (1985) was born in Eindhoven and studied Philosophy and Comparative Literature at the University of Ghent. He specialised in French critical theory and comparative philosophy. After that he worked as a teacher of non-confessional ethics in Belgian education. He was a member of the Flemish based free-thinkers society ’t Zal Wel Gaan. In 2003, he moved to Amsterdam to work on a NWO-funded project on multiple religious belonging, which is part of the programme on religion in modern society. This project is supervised by André van der Braak and Manuela Kalsky, at the VU Faculty of Theology. As part of this research project, he went to China to study religious diversity and Chinese philosophy at Renmin University and Beijing Normal University. Since 2016, he is also a member of the PhD-council of NOSTER, the research school for Theology and religious studies in the Netherlands. He has a passion for art, music, cinema, theatre and literature. Important focus points for the OR will be sustainability and academic excellence.
Esther Plomp

Esther (1990) started her PhD at the Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences (FALW) in 2013. She researches the chemical composition of teeth to see if their composition can provide information about where an individual grew up. Before her PhD she studied Archaeology at Leiden University. Since the beginning of 2016 she has been a ProVU member of the Works Council. Esther is active in several committees: Education and Research, Communication and Internationalisation. She is particularly involved in the evaluation of the PhD-candidate policies and the position of post-docs at the VU.
Hans van Eyghen

Hans studied theology and philosophy at the Catholic University Leuven. He is currently a PhD-candidate at the department of Philosophy, in the Faculty of Humanities. His research looks at the (alleged) epistemic implications of recent psychological and evolutionary explanations of religious belief. He joined the Work Council of the VU in November 2015 as part of the ProVU party and is a member of the committee for Education and Research, the Finance Committee and the Democratization Committee. His focus is on the interest of researchers in general and those of PhD-candidates in particular.
Laura Henderson

Laura (1987) graduated with a Bachelors of Arts from the University College Utrecht in 2008. There she majored in Law and Anthropology. In 2011 she completed a masters in law (LL.M) from Utrecht University. Laura's master thesis, “Tortured Reality: How Media Framing of Waterboarding Affects Judicial Independence” won two thesis prizes and was published by Eleven International Publishers. After graduation, Laura lectured in international human rights law at Utrecht University and is currently a PhD candidate at the department of legal theory at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. In addition to her academic pursuits, Laura is co-owner of the legal advice firm, Weaver & Henderson On Point Legal. Laura first became involved with ProVU and the Ondernemingsraad in 2013 when she participated in a project that studied the VU faculties' policies for developing young researchers' talent. In June of 2013 she joined the Ondernemingsraad as a member for ProVU and is a member of the Ondernemingsraad's committees on Education & Research and Legal Affairs. In the Ondernemingsraad, Laura strives for a university that empowers both employees and students to grow and achieve their personal best. She believes that the VU should see its employees and students - and not its balance sheets - as its most valuable resources.