FASoS News

Help FASoS to improve its programmes: fill in the NSE questionnaire

Every year all students in the Netherlands are asked to fill in the NSE questionnaire. Today, Thursday 21 January, you will automatically receive an invitation email to participate.

The results from the survey will be analysed thoroughly by FASoS and will be discussed in the management teams. This way FASoS can keep on improving its study programmes.


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Darryl Cressman new (Assistant) Programme Director BA Arts & Culture

The Faculty Board has appointed Darryl Cressman as the new Assistant Programme Director of the BA Arts & Culture (effective 1 January 2021). Beginning 1 September 2021, Darryl will succeed Alexandra Supper as Programme Director of the BA Arts & Culture for a period of 3 years.​​

The programme directors continue to hold their weekly open office hours via Zoom, but at a new link (recurring weekly until the end of June): https://maastrichtuniversity.zoom.us/j/98379243539?pwd=QnhjdkNySVRnRzF5bmlvajYySFhlQT09


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FASoS students digitise Dutch mining history

More than thirty students of the master’s programme Media Studies: Digital Cultures at Maastricht University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences have spent about a month and a half digitising part of the mining history and capturing a large number of mining objects in 3D. In their master’s programme they learn how to use digital techniques to make heritage future-proof.

You can learn more about the digitised mining history via the newly launched website.

Watch this video about how the project came to being.


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European Studies ranked first in Keuzegids 2021

The results of the annual Keuzegids bachelors have been published. European Studies is still the first in its category with an overall score of 49. Arts and Culture improved its place compared to last year and is now fourth in its category, with an overall score of 66.

Since Digital Society has only started in September 2019 and Global Studies has only started in September 2020, no data are available for these programmes yet.

Meet our master’s ambassadors

Our master’s ambassadors represent their programmes on social media and at Maastricht University’s events, such as Open Days.

The Master’s Open Day on Saturday 21 November is the perfect chance to virtually meet our master’s ambassadors. They are ready to answer all your questions about their respective programmes. You can also already contact them via social media.

Click on ‘read more’ for the links to their social media pages.


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BA Digital Society student launches ‘Digital Arts Lab’

With a grant from the University Fund Limburg/SWOL, BA Digital Society student Marjorie Platero Martinez launched the ‘Digital Arts Lab’, a website accessible for all UM students and staff to get creative with online arts.

Marjorie explains that “the Digital Arts Lab is a student-run website that is divided into three primary spaces: Learn, Create and Showcase. Each space offers links to online resources, including tutorials about online art and how to create your own artworks.”


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Remember to check your UM email!

Please remember to check your UM email account every day.

It is via this email account that FASoS (especially your tutors and course coordinators) will update you with important information or changes with regards to your course readings, schedules, assignments, exams and deadlines.

Please note that the information sent through Canvas only complements, but does not in any way replace information that is sent to you by email to your UM email accounts.

Cyrus Mody has been awarded an ERC Synergy grant

Cyrus Mody has obtained a Synergy grant from the European Research Council for his project ‘Nanobubbles: how, when and why does science fail to correct itself?’

‘Nanobubbles’ seeks to explore how erroneous claims can be removed from the scientific record.


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UM rises to place 126-150 in Times Higher Education social sciences ranking

UM has improved its position in the Times Higher Education social sciences ranking. Last year, UM was ranked in place 151-175. This year, UM has risen to place 126-150.

You can view the ranking results on the Times Higher Education website.

Renewed IWIO student course evaluation

Based on student feedback, we have made some changes to the IWIO course evaluation process for this academic year.

Firstly, you indicated that filling out two questionnaires is not efficient and too much of a burden. Because of that, we merged the IWIO course evaluation and the IWIO exam evaluation questionnaires into one IWIO course evaluation questionnaire.


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