MAASTRICHT. Dr Louis van den Hengel, the tutor for whom a group of students from University College Maastricht (UCM) and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASOS) started an online petition last Month, may stay at Maastricht University. He has been offered a tenure track position, as became clear last week. “I can’t tell you how happy I am”, says Van den Hengel. There were six candidates and only three tenure track positions available this year. Tenure tracks can be offered to tutors with PhDs, indicating that they are ‘in the running’ for a permanent position at the faculty. In the case of FASOS, they receive the title of assistant professor. If they meet certain expectations after the first few years, they are offered a permanent position.
Was the petition the deciding factor? Dean Rein de Wilde says he is unable to respond for reasons of confidentiality. Van den Hengel believes he was given the position due to his achievements to date and not because of the petition. However, the benefit of the petition, according to him, was that students gave a clear signal “that they are concerned about education”.
Almost a hundred students ‘liked’ or responded to the news which was announced by the UCM dean Harm Hospers on the UCM Facebook page last Friday: “(…) There are still some legal issues to be resolved but I believe this is a very positive result that many UCM students will appreciate.”