Radboud University

RYA Recognises and Rewards Prize

On Tuesday 30 January 2024 the Radboud Young Academy (RYA) organised the second edition of the RYA Recognition and Rewards event. During this inspiring afternoon, Maartje Cobussen (policy advisor at Academic Affairs, Radboud Services) gave an update about the university-wide Recognition and Rewards program. Next to this presentation, Sabine Geurt (Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences) and Hanneke den Ouden (Associate Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences) discussed how they address Recognition and Rewards within their faculty.

This video is produced by Emiel Janssen, Oogdruk 12.

RYA 'Recognition and Rewards - prize'
The winners of the RYA 'Recognition and Rewards - prize' were determined. During this third round of the prize we received almost 70 nominations about colleagues with very diverse funtions and from different faculties and institutions. We really like that so many colleagues nominated someone we contributes a lot to a nice and healthy work environment. In this way we are creating a nice working atmostphere. The lottery decided who of all nominated persons became the lucky ones that receive a giftcard of €500.

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More about the RYA ‘Recognises and Rewards – prize’
The new ‘Recognition and Rewards’ is a trending topic, both at the national level and at Radboud University. The academic community is hard at work to tackle fundamental problems in the structure and culture of academia, problems concerning work pressure, research funding, assessment criteria etc. The Radboud Young Academy is involved in this program as well. A lot of the changes need to happen on the level of policy, but that does not mean we cannot take steps in the right direction in our immediate environment. We think academic success is too narrowly defined and we want to shift the focus from individual excellence to what we do for each other. That is why we are launching the ‘RYA Recognises and Rewards – prize’. For this award every employee of Radboud University and Radboudumc can nominate a colleague or colleagues who contribute to a healthy and effective work environment – in whatever way. Fate will decide 6 winners, who will each receive a gift certificate of €500.

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Photos were made by Bert Beelen.


Who would you nominate? Let us know by filling in the nomination form and give a sign of appreciation to your colleagues as well as a positive impulse to a healthier academic culture, in which we recognise and reward what is truly crucial for a flourishing university.