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Study shows benefits of diverse tasks for university staff


Moving away from strict research focus could make Dutch universities more resilient in jobs crisis

Universities in the Netherlands should take a broader approach to hiring staff, giving greater emphasis to other academic tasks besides research, a think tank has said.

The Rathenau Institute, which facilitates public debate on science in the Netherlands, published the results of a study on time use and motivation at universities late last year. The survey of more than 2,200 academic staff found that for many, science means doing more than “just research”, with respondents reporting higher motivation and more willingness to stay in academia when they had a variety of tasks to carry out.

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