In 2010, Leibniz Universität Hannover became the first state-funded university afforded the right to appoint professors by the State of Lower Saxony. Moreover, in 2015 Leibniz Universität Hannover became the first university in Lower Saxony and the ninth university nationally to be awarded the DHV's hallmark for fair and transparent appointment negotiations by the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers (DHV). In order to ensure proper appointment procedures in all formal and legal aspects, as well as transparency and objectivity in the selection processes, several persons and entities are involved.


Presidential Board

The presidential board plays a central role in appointment, issuing decisions regarding applications for approval and suggestions for appointment candidates, as well as conferring appointments. In 2015, Leibniz Universität Hannover developed a separate area of responsibility together with the Vice President for Appointment Issues and Human Resources Development. The Department for Appointment Issues, assigned to the Vice President for Appointment Issues, Human Resources Development and Continuing Education, assists the presidential board and faculties at all stages of the appointment process, from establishing the prospective professorship to deciding upon the appointment list.

University Bodies and Faculties

University bodies involved in the appointment process include the senate and the university council, as well as the Leibniz Tenure Board in the tenure track process. Within the departments, the dean's office and faculty committees, as well as the respective appointment committees and departmental equal opportunities representatives are responsible for appointment issues.

Leibniz School of Education

The board of directors of the Leibniz School of Education (LSE) is also involved in the appointment process of professorships with special reference to school teaching, teaching methodology and educational sciences. As an interfaculty entity, the Leibniz School of Education oversees the organisation of teacher training and teacher training research at Leibniz Universität Hannover.

Equal Opportunities Representative

Equal opportunities for men and women has been a goal at Leibniz Universität Hannover for over two decades. The equal opportunities representatives are involved in the approval process and provide consultation during the selection process as official members of the selection or appointment committees.

Representative for Employees with Disabilities

In the case of applicants with disabilities or similar, the university's representative for employees with disabilities will also participate in the application process.