Vote UPP in the 2021 elections!

UPP represents junior and temporary staff in the University Council of Utrecht University


UPP stands for the rights of early academic career staff. There is a lot of confusion around the rights and duties of this group of staff. UPP aims to clear up this confusion by facilitating clear communication about these rights and duties. We pay special attention to, amongst others, the right to a sustainable work-life balance and the right to keep learning and grow as an academic besides the day to day job.

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UPP wants to look into ways to reduce the workload as quickly and effectively as possible. Presently, the responsibility for work-life balance and mental health begins and ends with the employee instead of the employer. The university is responsible for ensuring that employees are only required to work the hours they get paid for and should formulate an active policy to make sure that this is the case.

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UPP stands for sustainability. We have to take action today, to bring about a future in which students, employees and the UU in general can thrive. This requires first and foremost a liveable planet earth, meaning we must commit to reducing our negative impact on the environment.  We believe the university should be clearer in their ambitions and should not only operate in the margins, but aim for more consistency in applying sustainable initiatives to the organisation as a whole.

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UPP stands for inclusivity. Everyone, regardless of characteristics such as their ability, mental health, languages, gender or background, should be able to participate equally in the community of Utrecht University. We therefore are committed to diversity and inclusion at  our university, with particular attention to people of color, non-binary and transgender people, and people with mental or physical impairments.

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Romy Riemersma

#1 Beta | Faculty of Science

Excessive pressure should never be the norm.

Tim de Winkel

#1 Alpha/Gamma | Faculty of Humanities

“We want our hours paid and our labour rights met!”

Linge Li

#5 Beta | Faculty of Science

"Hear more from international PhD voices at the UU!"

Esmee Veenstra

#3 Alfa/Gamma | Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

"Make the UU future proof!"

March 31, 2021

UP-Pubquiz 6 April

Join us for the festive UPP pubquiz on 6 April from 19:30-21:00 From 6-8 April you have the chance to have your voice heard at

March 31, 2021

Vote UPP for the University Council

Do you want to see the rights of temporary workers protected and improved? Do you find it important that PhDs have say in our University

November 27, 2020

UPP is looking for you! University Council elections 2021

As UPP we stand for the rights of PhD candidates, postdocs and other temporary staff. In the University Council, we are in direct conversation with

September 15, 2020

PhD Psychologist Update

The pilot of the PhD psychologist was evaluated positive and the services will now be offered structurally! On Monday 14 Sept, the University Council discussed

June 18, 2020

Gender quota at Utrecht University

UPP has, since its founding, always supported inclusivity and diversity, such as gender diversity. Recently, UPP’s Lieke Schrijvers and Ashley van Driel of UUinActie came

October 7, 2019

Presenting the University Council 2019-2020

Now that we’re in the second month of our term in the council, it’s time to officially present the whole university council for the upcoming

June 1, 2019

Election results

In May 2019, 32.8% of the eligible employees voted in the University Council elections for the upcoming term 2019-2021. The results are in, and UPP

May 23, 2019

Voting has ended

We would like to thank everyone of the 32.8% of staff who made their voice heard. Without your support co-determination would not be possible! 🤗

May 22, 2019

29,5% of staff has voted

Today is the last chance to make your voice heard & vote! Co-determination does not work without your support. Vote today! 🗳 📒 Our program: 👥 Our candidates:

May 21, 2019

Election debate

Yesterday UPP, represented by Lieke Schrijvers and Maranke Wieringa, participated in the election debate organized in the Academiegebouw. We were happy to meet and spar