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Administration and Central Services

The Administration and Central Services department supports the Executive Board (CvB) in managing Leiden University. The department is also responsible for the policy and decision-making of the CvB.


The Administration and Central Services department works closely with the faculties and the expertise centres. The department carries out tasks and provides services relating to finances, staff, legal affairs and strategic communication in the areas of:

Administration and Central Services works closely with the faculties and expertise centres, performing tasks and providing services related particularly to finance, staffing, legal affairs and strategic communication in the areas of University administration, careers advice, objections and appeals procedures, and press briefing and science communication.

Management team

Dr.ir. K. (Karin) Horsman
Director Strategic and Academic Affairs

R.M.M. (Renée) Merkx 
Director of Strategic Communication and Marketing 
+31 (0)71 527 61 31 

Drs. E.L. (Esther) van Opstal
Director of Human Resource Management
+31 71 527 7622

Drs. M.L.M. (Karin) van den Elzen
Head of Financial Economic Affairs

+31 71 527 3178

J.W.H. (Jan-Willem) Brock
Director of Information Management
+31 71 527 3341

A. (Anneloes) Blanken
Head of Operational Management and Advisory
+31 71 527 1163 

M.C. Kersbergen
Secretary of the University
+31 71 527 2727

Components of Administration and Central Services

Administration and Central Services consists of the following directorates and management support units:


Directorate of Human Resource Management
Directorate of Finance
Directorate of Strategic and Academic Affairs
Directorate of Strategic Communication and Marketing
Directorate of Information Management

Management Support

Legal Affairs
Management Affairs
Operational Management and Advisory
Management Support Secretariats

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