Information on the coronavirus (COVID-19)
Update #44, 26 June 2020
In this update, we discuss the relaxation of the corona measures announced by the Dutch government with effect from the new academic year. We inform you about the survey that will soon be sent to employees and students about their mode of transportation. You can also read more about the extra study places that the University Library will offer for students and the Datahub DISQOVER for researchers that has been updated with COVID-19 information from all over the world. More buildings will be opened (to a limited extent) and, finally, we would like to draw your attention to the new stories and videos published on our website last week.
Relaxation of corona measures by the government
On Wednesday evening, Prime Minister Rutte announced new relaxations of the corona measures for higher education. These relaxations will take effect in the new academic year and relate to two specific issues: which activities are allowed to take place at the university again and how we should ensure the safe use of public transport.
Since 15 June, the general rule has been that universities may only allow educational activities on campus within certain timeframes, and only if those activities cannot or can only be replaced by online alternatives to a very limited extent. For example, this could include certain practicals or skills assessments. As of 1 August, these restrictions will no longer apply; all types of educational activities can again be scheduled throughout the day. An important condition in this respect is that the RIVM regulations are complied with, meaning the 1.5 metre distance rule will continue to apply without compromise.
In addition, good agreements must be made at local/regional levels between educational institutions and transport operators about travelling by public transport (OV). The aim of these agreements is to transport as many people as possible safely to educational institutions and, at the same time, to spread out the schedules for students and staff well with regard to public transport. The 1.5 metre distance rule in the buildings plus spreading out the schedules will result in fewer students and staff being on trains or buses at the same time. In addition, everyone will be asked to cycle or walk as much as possible, for example, in the compact city of Maastricht.
Maintaining the 1.5 metre distance rule means that UM's buildings cannot be fully utilised. This limited capacity indicates that the education for all students at the start of the new academic year will consist of a mix of online and on-campus education. As we have communicated before, the guideline for Maastricht University is: on campus if possible, online if necessary. The faculties are currently working hard on educational plans in which this will be worked out in greater detail. These plans will be further communicated at the level of the programmes themselves.
Finally, in addition to the 1.5 metre distance rule, the other RIVM regulations continue to apply as general guidelines: wash your hands and do not come to the university if you have any symptoms.
Survey about your mode of transport
As mentioned, UM and other educational institutions have to make informed decisions together with carriers and regional authorities about the use of public transport. It is therefore very important to gain insights into that use. How do you plan to travel to the university in the new academic year? This question is the focus of the survey that will be sent out to all staff and students early next week and which we kindly ask everyone to fill in—even if you do not travel by public transport. Insights into how people travel will contribute to a safe environment for everyone in the new academic year. The survey is an initiative of Zuid Limburg Bereikbaar and will also be distributed among staff and students of Zuyd and Vista. NS, Arriva and the Province of Limburg are also involved. So, keep an eye on your inbox early next week, and please take the time to fill in the questionnaire.
Extra study places at the University Library
COVID-19 relaxation measures will enable the University Library to further scale up the availability of study places. With due observance of all safety guidelines, we will offer the possibilities available within the Inner City Library to students in need of a study place to prepare for exams/re-sits or write a thesis. This has led to a substantial increase in the number of study places available as of Thursday 25 June.
Since Wednesday 24 June, we have also been offering students a limited number of safe study places in the Computer landscape Randwyck (Universiteitssingel 50). Studying at both locations is only possible with a reservation. Students can find information on how to make a reservation in the UM Student Portal.
Up-to-date information on COVID-19 in DataHub DISQOVER
Researchers looking for up-to-date information on COVID-19 from all over the world can now get it from DataHub Maastricht. In the DISQOVER catalogue, linked information can be searched and integrated with one's own results.
Online access to the local DataHub DISQOVER environment is simple. Log in to DataHub DISQOVER with your institutional account and enter a search term, or choose one of the categories shown. You will find the COVID-19 information in the COVID-specific categories (COVID publications, COVID patents and COVID clinical trials).
Limited opening of buildings (continued)
Under controlled conditions, there is more and more space to use UM buildings. This is done on the basis of plans drawn up by faculties or service centres, in which the safety of users of the buildings is central and the RIVM measures are leading. After approval of the plans by the Executive Board, buildings can be opened to a limited extent.
PLEASE NOTE: Further details and conditions regarding the opening will be communicated to the staff concerned by the faculties and service centres themselves.
The Executive Board has approved the opening of the locations:
- Villa Flora Venlo, as of 29 June, for the research with test subjects, and the laboratories from the moment that the necessary facilities and materials are available.
- Tongersestraat 6, from June 23 to September 1, from 7.00 to 18.00, for the Finance Department.
- Tapijn 11 (SBE), as of 22 June.
- Building X Tapijn (Edlab), as of 24 June, from 8.00 to 18.00, only for the nine Edlab employees.
Finally, the protocols of MSRV Saurus and the Maastricht Student Climbing Association have also been approved by the Executive Board, as well as those of the Maastricht Student Hockey Club.
New stories and videos
In the story series ‘We're open!’, read an interview about the 3WE project ('Well-being, Women and Work in Ethiopia'), a partnership between three UM faculties.
Plus, a Zoom interview with Prof. Philippe Lambin. He and his team acquired more than three million euros of research funding in six months and he reveals the secret to his success.
19 June 2020
- UM launches investment programme to combat the effects of corona and address work pressure
- Limited opening of buildings
- Working safely on location
- Progress on ventilation in UM buildings
- National agreement on temporary reduction of tuition fees for non-EU students
- New stories and video
12 June 2020
- Potential solutions for PhD candidates and postdocs confronted with delays caused by COVID-19
- Limited opening of the buildings from 15 June
- UM is working on ventilation in buildings
- UM SPORTS starts with outdoor sports
- ITEM launches Cross-border Portal
- Martin’s blog #9: The search for a vaccine
- Smart start-up of UM research on Brightlands campuses
- Video series We’re open (and diverse): gender inequality increases with working from home
- #UMfromhome video: Marleen van der Donk on UM's Virtual Experience Days
- We're open-stories
2 June 2020
- What to do if you have corona-like symptoms? Get tested!
- Video conferencing for high-risk data processing
- Safely navigating the city. This is how we do it!
- We’re open!: Hearttalks for terminal patients and their families
29 May 2020
- International exchange in fall semester 2020
- Education from 15 June
- Video about initial experiences with the pilot in the SBE building
- Martin's blog #9: Back to work in pandemic times
- We’re open!: new stories online
- UM closed during long Whitsun weekend
20 May 2020
- Pilot for working in selected UM buildings
- Emergency fund helps more than 100 students
- Next week: elections
- Student Challenge Board seeks solutions for regional corona issues
- Special projects of UM and other universities
- Martin’s blog post #8
- We're open!: How the coronavirus infects our small intestines
- UM closed during long weekend for Ascension Day
15 mei 2020
- We welcome students 'on campus' if possible, online if necessary
Continuation of online PhD defences
Webinar ‘All about (My)Maastricht’
New stories We're open! online
8 May 2020
- More room for working in UM buildings
- Requirements for starting a master’s programme in September 2020
- RIVM guidelines for working at UM
- YERUN: International cooperation on the coronavirus
- Reminder: survey for those working from home
- Creative students develop coronavirus workbook
- UM alumni share their coronavirus routines, tips, tricks, initiatives and stories
- We’re open! Make working from home work for you
- Webinar David Bernstein
1 May 2020
- Extension of temporary commuting scheme
- Working from home remains the rule, but…
- Temporary one-time payment to compensate for working from home
- Limited opening of UM buildings
- Procurement guidelines in the event of (imminent) non-performance of contracts
- University Fund – SWOL helps dozens of students
- We're open!
- UM closed on 4 and 5 May
24 April 2020
- Martin's blog post #7: The hammer and the dance
- Grant for creative UM initiatives
- Career development and training: GoodHabitz
- Job board: sign up for workers or work
- #Weareopen videos and stories
- Survey on physical activity when working from home
- King's Day: UM closed
22 April 2020
- Coronavirus measures from the Dutch government
- Elections for student and employee participation councilsWebinar
- Webinar ‘Staying psychologically fit in corona times’
- Brightlands Smart Services Campus holds hackathon
- We’re open!: interview with two Southern European students
17 April 2020
- Colouring competition for new office D&I team
Martin's blog, post number 6
Free online workshops: Dutch language skills
‘We’re Open!’ – Interview Piet Eichholtz
15 April 2020
- Alternative for INKOM 2020
- University Emergency Fund - SWOL gets started
- Leniency committee
- (Psychological) guidance for employees
- Research into COVID-19: UM conducts nationwide GP research into untested COVID-19 deaths
- We’re open! Students to the rescue
9 April 2020
- Minister aims to limit study delays
- Shining a spotlight on UM’s COVID-19 research
- University closed for long weekend
- Time for an international newspaper...
8 April 2020
- Emergency fund is in the starting blocks
- First online PhD defence
- Martin’s blog #5
- CPD Knowledge Clips
- We’re open!: Palliative care in times of the coronavirus
7 April 2020
- Crossing the German border with your UM card
- UM Job Board can still use jobs
- Nominate yourself for a representation council
6 April 2020
- Using Zoom at UM is safe
- CMT? Who are they anyway? And what do they do?
- Tips for working from home
- Are you ill? Get better and take rest!
- We are open! Online workshops at EDLAB Maastricht
- New story in story series ‘We’re open!’
3 April 2020
- Eating healthy when working from home
- UM SPORTS also keeps you fit at home!
- UM joins forces with European consortium
- The Living Lab in Ageing and Long-Term Care urgently needs help
2 April 2020
- We’re open! Elections continue
- Volunteering at MUMC+
- Positive responses to the crowdfunding campaign
1 April 2020
- Online PhD defences from 8 April
- Crowdfunding campaign for students in need
- Online Education website updated
31 March 2020
- Information for prospective students
- We are open! Take the virtual campus tour
- Video message from Rector Magnificus Rianne Letschert
- New online platform for expats in Maastricht
- AON’s student insurance valid for another 8 weeks in the home country
- We are open! - Interview with FASoS lecturer Patrick Bijsmans
30 March 2020
- Work remains in progress!
- Refresh pages for an up-to-date website
- Martin’s blog, post number 4
- Out of sight is not out of mind
27 March 2020
- Only together will we get the coronavirus under control
26 March 2020
- Questions about tuition fees
- Application procedure for prospective students
- Support for employees
- Support for students
- ‘We're open!’ story series
25 March 2020
- Research grants and funding
- NWO grant rounds
- Horizon 2020 grant rounds
- Ongoing research projects
- National private funding organisations (‘collectebusfondsen’)
- Martin’s blog, post number 3
- Executive Board webinar
- Keep your workstation cyber-safe @ home
24 March 2020
- Working from home? #Howthen?
- Repatriation back to the Netherlands
- Commuting vignette Belgium
- Availability of company doctors
23 March 2020
- Warning cybercriminals and online tools
- Webinar with the Executive Board
- Martin’s blog post 2
- New story in the 'We're open’ series
- Suppliers paid faster
- English news on RTV Maastricht
- Do you have any extra time? UM task board in the making
20 March 2020
- Living in Belgium, working at UM
- Living in Belgium or Germany and social security
- The Dutch news for English speakers
- Application deadline for new students extended
- Office equipment to home office
- Repatriation of UM students and exchange students
- Repatriation of employees and PhD fellows
- UM story series 'We're open’
19 March 2020
- Postponement of Binding Study Advice possible
- Anxiety about the coronavirus - how do you deal with it?
- Initial experiences with online education
- Maintain social distance!
- Civic initiatives by students
- ‘Martin’s blog’ launched
- Belgian cross-border workers
- Additional costs
- UM online
18 March 2020
- Internships and exchanges policy
- Distance learning in periods 5 and 6
- What does the Belgian lockdown mean for UM’s cross-border workers?
- Tips for working from home
- Compensation for commuting
17 March 2020
- FAQ online
- Social initiatives
16 March 2020
- Faculty contact details for further questions
- FAQ to be published soon
- Questions about working from home
- Research with test subjects
- Academic sessions postponed
- More (general) information
15 March 2020
- Schools and day-care centres closed
- For students: university library and um buildings are closed
- Distance education
13 March 2020
- Online learning environment
- Watch the live recordings of our webinar
- Buildings are remaining open
- New guidelines for calling in sick
- Extra precautions
12 March 2020
- Proportionate, pragmatic approach
11 March 2020
9 March 2020
- No new positive tests within the UM community
- When should you be cautious?
- Inform the helpdesk if you stay at home
7 March 2020
- Any symptoms, stay home!
- RIVM advice for Brabant
5 March 2020
- First confirmed case of infection
4 March 2020
- No confirmed case of infection
- Master’s Open Day to go ahead as planned
- Exams to go ahead
- Students on exchange
- Stricter travel advice for Italy
2 March 2020
- Any symptoms? Stay home!
- Specific advice for Gangelt, Germany
- If at home, stay in touch! Keep the call centre
1 March 2020
- Do you have these symptoms, stay home
- If at home, stay in touch!
- Contact your GP
- Are you currently in a contaminated area?
26 February 2020
- Contaminated areas
- Contact information
- Information for incoming and outgoing students
29 January 2020
- First information is published on UM-website
- List of symptoms
- First precautions