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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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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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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FASoS Faculty Board urges all students and staff to wear a face mask

The Faculty Board urges all students and staff to wear a face mask when walking in the corridors and moving from one place to another (both inside the FASoS buildings, as well as outside when moving between buildings).

You are not obliged to wear a face mask in tutorial rooms or offices, but we urge you to wear a face mask in situations where the 1.5-metre distance rule cannot be guaranteed. Please do keep in mind that the 1.5-metre distance rule stays in place.

FASoS writing guide 2020-2021 usage

Since the start of this academic year, the new FASoS writing guide 2020-2021 has been available on the intranet. The latest version of the writing guide has been written in line with APA 7th edition.

This new writing guide will be used in all teaching at FASoS. That being said, students will not be penalised if they adhere to the rules of APA 6th edition this academic year, as long as they are consistent.

Successful launch Global Studies

Students from 28 countries and scholars from all UM faculties kicked off the new Bachelor Global Studies. The Global Studies team is happy to share impressions of the festive and well-distanced launch in the Theater aan het Vrijthof.

Despite the pandemic, the first cohort of 68 students includes representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, DRC, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago and the United States.


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