Keeping up the spirit

Call: exhibition about working from home

Take part in a narrative exhibition about working from home. Just bring us an object that’s been important to you during all those months of working from home, or send us a screenshot of your Zoom set-up.

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Try out ‘The Mindfulnest’

Do you find it difficult to take time for yourself? Do you need a mindful break? Do you want to be able to work on skills that benefit your study life and your private life in a stress-free place?

Make use of The Mindfulnest, a stimulus-free cabin in which the focus is completely on you.

Come by and try it out for yourself! You can find The Mindfulnest in the inner-city library at Grote Looiersstraat 17. You can also reserve a spot.


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Bake your research!

Maastricht Young Academy is inviting the Maastricht University community (and colleagues/friends beyond) to get creative and make an edible version of your research.

It could be sweet and/or savoury; baked, fried, BBQ’ed or roasted; concepts, data or stories. Something to do with the kids during the May vacation?

Post a picture on Twitter and tag @MaastrichtYA, or send to mya@maastrichtuniversity.nl by 1 June to be in the running for a prize.

Poetry, picture and art contest coming to an end

Our poetry, short fiction and art contest is coming to an end.

The final poem, by Marjorie Platero Martinez, is very fitting for this final week, as it is a farewell to the virus.

Please send your final entries to sally.wyatt@maastrichtuniversity.nl by the beginning of next week (30 April was the official closing date but you might want the weekend to tidy up those last poems and artworks). We will then review what we have, and be in touch with all who sent us material.


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Poetry, picture and art contest continues

‘Touch me with your naked hand or touch me with your glove’ is a line from the final verse of Leonard Cohen’s lyrics for ‘Dance me to the end of love’ (1984). You can listen to the London concert version here).

This resonates now as we rarely touch people outside of our households or bubbles. No more shaking hands or kissing acquaintances and occasionally colleagues. The only touch may be from a gloved healthcare professional, and we’re all doing our best to avoid those situations.


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Second-hand online bookstore: Blueprint Maastricht

We are Blueprint, a non-profit organisation founded by three students which collects pre-loved books and sells them for a minimal price.

We aim to promote sustainability and encourage people to read while giving something back to the local community. This is why we donate 100% of our profits to a local charity: Serve the City Maastricht. Non-locals like us often take much from the city without giving back, so this is a perfect opportunity to.


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First lines and haiku

Paul Stephenson recently shared some potential first lines, for ‘free writing’ of poetry, short fiction, or maybe even your next article. Start with one of these, and see where it takes you.

‘It was a sunny Thursday afternoon and…

‘I’d just sent off my article when there was a…

‘After I gave up teaching, I started…

‘I answered the phone and a voice said…

‘After 8 hours on Zoom my…

‘What nobody admits about working from home is…

‘When this is all over I’m going to finally…


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Lockdown coffee picture contest ends

In March, students and staff could send in their pictures of how they enjoy their coffee (or tea) during lockdown and win a Bandito gift voucher.

See below for the last pictures we received this week and the winning picture!


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Poetry, picture and art contest continues

In the first Quarantine Spring, we produced many limericks, starting with ‘there once was a student[tutor] on zoom’. That line helped us to reflect on the sometimes funny side of our early online educational experiences. Charlotte Lenhard (BA European Studies) has now taken that opening line and done something else, reflecting on how much longer we have been here and a different meaning of ‘breakout room’.

For me, it was particularly evocative as I too have neighbours who have been renovating their house for many months. And one day, the drill did come through our party wall.


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Send us your lockdown coffee picture and win a Bandito gift voucher!

We all miss Bandito, its great staff members, empowering coffee, delicious soups and heartwarming cookies. We hope we will be able to visit Bandito again soon.

In the meantime, send us your pictures of how you enjoy your coffee or tea at home during lockdown. We will be handing out a Bandito gift voucher to the most original picture we receive once every week in the month March – next week is the last week we will be doing this! Send in your pictures to communications-fasos@maastrichtuniversity.nl.

See below for the pictures we received this week and the winning picture!


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