No more e-mails and WhatsApp messages at the weekend

No more e-mails and WhatsApp messages at the weekend

MAASTRICHT. No text messages and e-mails in the evenings and at the weekend. To lower work pressure Maastricht University (UM) wants to create more restful and recovery moments. It is also considering a shorter academic year and fewer exams.

KNAW stands up for academic freedom

THE NETHERLANDS. The fierce battle for research funds is having an impact on academic freedom, argues Dutch science association KNAW. Researchers are increasingly being constrained by a spectrum of requirements and conditions.

Education for at least three faculties will remain online until summer

Education for at least three faculties will remain online until summer

MAASTRICHT. At the moment, practically all education is online, and that will remain the case for the rest of the academic year for three of the six faculties: Law, FASoS and FHML. The other three - if COVID-19 regulations allow – will switch to hybrid education in period five.

€40 per month working-from-home compensation

MAASTRICHT. All Maastricht University employees will receive a working-from-home compensation of €40 net per month until June 2021. This includes €30 for Internet expenses and €10 for the so-called ‘free space working expenses regulation’. The compensation paid by the UM is higher than the €25 that Dutch universities mutually agreed upon.

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President Martin Paul leaves UM

President Martin Paul leaves UM

MAASTRICHT. President of the Executive Board professor Martin Paul is leaving Maastricht University after thirteen years. As of 1 November, he will become rector at the Ruhr Universität in Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia. He will not complete his third term: I wasn’t planning on leaving, but this is a unique opportunity.”