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Gender Policy

Tilburg University values a culture of openness and inclusion. We unite people from many nationalities and backgrounds and embrace the diverse range of perspectives this brings about.

At the same time, we realize that our campus does not - yet - show a fair representation of women and diverse groups on all levels. Measuring diversity from student to top, student composition shows proportionate heterogeneity. Top positions, like the academic rank of professor, are still fairly homogeneous. We will strongly focus on (gender) diversity and offering equal opportunities for all. Student diversity serves as an example for faculty.                                           

A number of goals have been set:

  • Increase the inflow & flow through of qualified women
  • Increase (gender) diversity in decision making positions
  • Close the gender wage gap

Gender Tracks Gender Policy

Philip Eijlander Diversity Program

This prestigious program aims to amplify the amount of women in higher academic positions by creating extra openings for assistant, associate and full professors.

Qualified scholars are recruited both internally and externally, as well as internationally and nationally. Read more about the Philip Eijlander Diversity Program.

Tilburg University Network for Women

Tilburg University Network for Women

The Tilburg University Network for Women wants to equip women with tools to advance their careers by exchanging experience, knowledge and contact. We invite you to become a member and visit the 3 to 4 network meetings a year that have a substantive and a social component. Topics and meetings.

Gender Johanna Westerdijk

Westerdijk Talent Scheme program

100 years ago the first female professor, Johanna Westerdijk, was appointed in the Netherlands. In the present, women fill around 19% of professorships in the Netherlands. Unless additional measures are taken, an equal male-female ratio among professors in the Netherlands will not be achieved until 2051.The aim of the Westerdijk Talent Scheme program is to increase the number of female professors and therefore the contribution to a greater diversity at the top of Dutch academia. Tilburg University joins this program and has appointed 4 full female professors.

Gender Tracks

Career Strategy

The Career Strategy Program offers coaching to female senior researchers, assistant and associate professors. The training includes goal setting, career, building leadership capacity, visibility, networking, profiling, gender dynamics, and work-life balance. Evaluations show that the program is highly valued by former trainees from our Schools. Read more about the coaching program.

Gender Group Model

Group Model Building

Formulating a shared view on gender inequality with academic teams using Group Model Building. Read more about this method.

Gender academic leadership

Academic leadership

As part of the university’s training of (future) supervisors, information is given on the importance and objectives of the university’s gender policy, and on the relevance of diversity in general.

Gender Unlimited Festival

Gender Unlimited Festival

Tilburg University celebrates International Women’s Day on March 8 with students, staff, directors and guests. The goal of this event is to add visibility to gender & diversity.
2018 – Connecting to Diversity
2017 – Quality Includes Diversity
2016 –  Sustainability in Career and Care

Gender pay gap

Research on gender pay gap

Research on the pay gap between men and women is conducted at both Tilburg University and on a national level. Its aim is to repair and prevent discrepancies in the earnings of men and women.

Research Support after Pregnancy Leave

Research Support after pregnancy Leave

The Research Support after Pregnancy Leave Scheme enables female assistant and associate professors to compensate for lost research time during pregnancy and maternity leave. The scheme offers exemption from teaching duties or extra research support options for four months, so that participants can fully concentrate on their research output and publications. Because of this policy, women with young children are expected to have the same chances for promotion in academia as their colleagues.

Gender Marloes Engen

Interview with gender expert

Assistant professor Human Resource Studies, Marloes van Engen, on the relevance of gender policy measurers. Read more

Gender Make yourself heard

Unacceptable behavior complaints regulations

Tilburg University wants to eliminate unacceptable behavior including (sexual) harassment, aggression, violence, and discrimination. To that end, the Executive Board has adopted a Code of Conduct and has appointed confidential advisors whose task it is to offer initial assistance to those who have been or are being confronted with unacceptable behavior. Tilburg University’s three confidential advisors are available to anyone at the university who is confronted with unacceptable behavior. Read more

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Contact gender policy

For more information, comments, or suggestions on gender policy, please contact the HR gender policy team at and 013 - 466 2871.

Ilja Hijink, policymaker diversity & inclusion

Amber Kersten, student employee