Training and professional development
Ghent University is committed to investing in staff development and training to ensure that it has highly skilled, highly motivated and professional staff able to perform consistently to the highest standards.
Staff are encouraged to take responsibility for their own development, working in partnership with whoever has the responsibility for their area of work. Where internal training courses are identified as appropriate, the member of staff will be encouraged to pursue these. Time off for external courses, including further education, will be considered if the course relates to the defined needs of the job or is intended to equip the individual for expected future responsibilities in the service of the University.
At the moment the majority of staff training courses are only available in Dutch. However, language courses are organised by the University Language Center. Of course, you may sample the regular UGent study programmes or courses of these programmes - of which certain are offered in English.
PhD students can register for Doctoral Schools courses (e.g. Academic writing skills etc.) within the framework of PhD studies.
The majority of staff are employed on the university's grade and classifications structure but a small minority of staff groups are covered by other arrangements.
Academic career progression
There are different levels of career progression for academic staff. Each level consists of distinct role profiles associated with that level, each with its unique requirements. Each profile sets out what is expected of an academic member of staff at what particular level. Progression or promotion to the next level will occur after a competitive comparison between candidates.
Salary classes for academic staff (in Dutch).
Administrative career progression
For the administrative and technical staff, different grades and classifications have been drawn up. The classes are:
|A+||Leadership and management
||grades 9 to 11
|A||Academic expertise (conceptual & practical)
||grades 7 to 9
||Administrative & technical expertise
||grades 4 to 6
|C||Practical & technical expertise
||grades 3 to 4
||grades 2 to 3
There is a system of evaluation and adjustment moments in place (once a year).
Moving between classifications is only possible if the role itself changes so significantly, that on re-evaluation it is found to be a different classification, or where an individual moves from one role to another (for instance, in the case of promotion or progression to a higher level role).
Unacceptable performance should be dealt with in a fair, effective and timely way, with the first aim of supporting to an acceptable level of performance and only if this is unsuccessful, a second aim of exploring other ways of resolving the issues.
Salary classes for administrative staff (in Dutch).
on staff development via the Personnel Department (team Training).