P&O News 8 March 2016

Dutch Tax return for international employees

The time has come to complete your annual tax return. This can be a particular challenge for our international colleagues, and so Leiden University has arranged some special prices with LIMES International. This means that international employees can get support in completing their tax return at a very favourable rate. More information on this topic can be found in an English language article published earlier.


Removal bonus

As of 2 March 2016, the Leiden University Moving Expenses Regulation 2016 is in force. A new topic in this version is the removal bonus. This bonus has been introduced in anticipation of Leiden University’s Environmental Management Plan which will be agreed soon. You can apply for the removal bonus if you move house and this significantly reduces your commuting distance, which would lower CO2 emissions caused by transport. You can find the precise conditions on the page about moving expenses. The Leiden University Moving Expenses Regulation 2016 was adopted by the Executive Board on 1 March 2016, after agreement with the Local Employees’ Organisation (Lokaal Overleg) on 18 February 2016.

Amendment of the Leiden University Regulation on the Commuting Allowance 2015

As of 2 March 2016, article 4 of the Regulation on the Commuting Allowance 2015 has been amended. The commuting allowance will cease if someone has been off sick for more than 30 days. This amendment reinstates the complete allowance once the employee has been judged to be 25% (or more) fit for work.

New Regulation on the Contribution to the Cost of Computer Glasses

As of 2 March 2016, the new Leiden University 2016 Regulation on the Contribution to the Cost of Computer Glasses is in force. The contribution to the cost of computer glasses has been increased and the cost of an eye test at an optician will be reimbursed. You may be eligible for this contribution if you work at a computer (screen work) for a minimum of 2 hours per day and normal eye correction methods have proved insufficient for your screen-related work.

The Leiden University 2016 Regulation on the Contribution to the Cost of Computer Glasses was adopted by the Executive Board on 1 March 2016, after agreement with the Local Employees’ Organisation (Lokaal Overleg) on 18 February 2016.

New Regulation on Disciplinary Measures

As of 2 March 2016, the new Regulation on Disciplinary Measures is in force. The Leiden University 2016 Regulation on Disciplinary Measures was adopted by the Executive Board on 1 March 2016, after agreement with the Local Employees’ Organisation (Lokaal Overleg) on 18 February 2016.

New ICLON training courses

ICLON has extended its range of training courses to include the following courses:

Inclusive education: reaching all your students
The focus of this training course is on involving all students in your teaching. The course, which runs over two sessions, starts on 10 May.

Making and using video clips for educational purposes
In this practical course you will learn how to enrich your classes with video. This course, which runs over three sessions, starts on 22 March.

Both courses are free for Leiden University and LUMC employees. You can also still sign up for other ICLON training courses.

ICLON offers training courses that support lecturers studying for their Basic Teaching Qualification, who want to study one of these topics in more depth.

  • Running seminars, starts 24 March
  • Blended Learning, starts 5 April
  • Testing and assessment, starts 4 May 
  • Supervising dissertations, starts 19 April
  • Advanced Blackboard, various dates

ICLON also offers various courses for PhD students and student assistants with teaching responsibilities:
  • Beginners’ course basic teaching skills, various dates
  • Advanced Blackboard, various dates

All courses are available in Dutch or English. The courses can also be taught on location as part of a tailor-made training programme.

Last Modified: 16-03-2016