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Update #35, 24 April May 2020
Today, Maastricht University’s Crisis Management Team (CMT) for the coronavirus met for the last time in this capacity.
The CMT has been formally active since Wednesday, 4 March. Since then, a lot of work has been done, together with many from our community. Of course, we are still in the middle of a phase of major (temporary) changes and adjustments. No matter what the developments will be and how they will go, it will still take many months before UM finds itself in a stable situation. However, the nature of the work ahead of us and the time that will be required for implementation no longer justify steering them from an ad hoc organisation such as a CMT. The Executive Board, together with the Management Team, Coordinating Directors’ Board and the various bodies that UM has for consultation and coordination, among others—and assisted by the various task forces and steering committees installed under the CMT—are more than capable of managing the turbulent phase in which UM finds itself.
If the situation calls for a change of direction in the coming months, this will also be acted upon in an organisational and managerial sense and, if desired, will include scaling up to a CMT.
Of course, we will continue to communicate with you on a regular basis, with this update and through the other available channels.
Martin's blog post #7: The hammer and the dance
Executive Board Chairman Martin Paul keeps a personal blog in which he follows and comments on the news about the coronavirus crisis. Today, post number 7 is online: Dealing with COVID-19—The Hammer and the Dance.
Grant for creative UM initiatives
Also during these difficult coronavirus times, the University Fund Limburg/SWOL is providing grants for projects and activities run by UM students and (academic) staff.
The University Fund Limburg/SWOL is looking for creative (online) initiatives that can be supported. Take, for example, a congress, symposium, workshop, and so on. UM staff with a research proposal related to the coronavirus can also apply.
Grant applications can be submitted before 15 May 2020 (staff) and 22 May 2020 (students). For more information and registration, please visit the website of the University Fund Limburg/SWOL.
Career development and training: GoodHabitz
Have you been playing around with the idea of developing your skills for some time? Or are you in need of support in the area of vitality and well-being, especially now? Then this period might give you the space to think about your career (wishes) and to work on certain areas of development. As always, the Staff Career Centre is available to support you in this or to help you clarify your learning objectives. The advisors and coaches are available online for advice and coaching sessions. Many training courses are now also available online. Visit the website for more information about vitality and well-being.
In addition, UM has recently partnered with GoodHabitz, a provider of online training courses. This partnership, which was made possible by the Local Consultative Body (LO), means that all UM employees can now make use of the entire selection of online training courses offered by GoodHabitz. At GoodHabitz, you will find a wide range of training courses, from short to longer, interactive, fun and with inspiring videos. You can follow each training course at your own pace, at any time. But you can also take on a topic together with a few colleagues and inspire and challenge each other.
Here, you can find more information and create your own account. We have also highlighted a few training courses that may come in handy during these times. You can get started right away!
Job board: sign up for workers or work
Do you have room in your work schedule to help out colleagues? Or do you have certain jobs that you need help with? Register with the job board! Employees who are unable to perform their normal tasks due to the situation related to COVID-19 and want to take up other work (in consultation with their manager), or managers who need extra people, can go to the UM job board.
The Staff Career Centre has developed a database for linking supply and demand in this area. For example, we need people who can help keep online PhD defences running smoothly. Or people who want to help us create process descriptions for our business operations. Extra hands for preparing buildings for when we can physically get back to work are also welcome. You can find more information here.
#Weareopen videos and stories
For some time now, the UM website has been publishing the story series We’re open!, in which employees and students tell their own stories about the impact of these unique times on their lives and work. They also talk about how they are doing everything they can to remain active and productive.
Now, there is also the #weareopen video series. In the first episode, UM Diversity Officer Constance Sommerey talks to three international students about studying from home in times of the coronavirus.
The current instalment of the story series involves an interview with Gideon Koekoek. He teaches theoretical physics, researches gravitational waves, and works on his pectoral muscles at the same time. He doesn’t even have to step outside of his house to do that.
Survey on physical activity when working from home
If you have a few minutes to take part in an anonymous short survey, you will be helping UM and master’s student S. Cernuschi with a vitality study in relation to working from home. The survey focuses on the question of whether employees participate in more physical activity when working from home. Precisely during this period, in which we are working from home on a large scale, it is good for this to be measured.
King's Day: UM closed
Maastricht University will be closed on Monday, 27 April.
We wish everyone a nice (long) weekend. And for the people who are not working because of the May holidays: Enjoy your holiday!