Staff’s Edition

Survey by D&I office about racism at UM

The D&I office, in cooperation with students from the PREMIUM honours programme, are conducting a survey into racism at UM.

With the survey, they aim at getting a baseline measurement of current perceptions of racism of our whole UM community (both experienced and perceived). Such a baseline measurement is crucial to better understand the current UM environment in which UM initiatives on anti-racism have to be embedded.

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Call for participation: user journey design interview

UM is looking for two teaching staff members to participate in a user journey design interview and feedback session about UM’s virtual campus.

The time investment is:

  • 1 hour online interview + 15 minutes written review between now and 7 May
  • 1.5 hour feedback session on 26 May 26 from 10.30 – 12.00

For more information and to register to participate, send an email to

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UM access to CLARIAH Media Suite

Thanks to ICT FASoS, UM now has access to the CLARIAH Media Suite, one of the applications of the Dutch infrastructure for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences developed in the CLARIAH project. It facilitates access to key Dutch media collections with advanced multimedia search and analysis tools.

The CLARIAH Media Suite is an application for doing research with data collections. You can log into the Media Suite using your university credentials.

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Introducing: Bart Zwegers

Hello everyone. My name is Bart Zwegers and I recently joined the Department of Educational Development and Policy (EDaP).

Between 2009 and 2019 I was a tutor, PhD-candidate and postdoc at FASoS. The last two years I was a lecturer in social and political history at Radboud University Nijmegen. Now, I returned to ‘the old nest’.

I look forward to meeting both old and new colleagues again soon.

Clara Weinhardt wins Young Scholar Award of the ISA DPLST Section

Clara Weinhardt has won the Anthony Deos Young Scholar Award of the Diplomatic Studies Section at this year’s (virtual) International Studies Association annual convention for her work on trade negotiations.

Note to my colleagues: Should you be interested in finding out more about the nomination and selection process for this (and potentially other) prizes at ISA, please get in touch with me! I am happy to share the insights I have.

Why not try a creative writing workshop?

With the submissions window open until the end of April for prose, flash fiction, poetry, paintings, photos and art work for the FASoS anthology, the follow up to Quarantine Spring produced last year, there is still time to create new work and explore novel ways of writing.

Paul Stephenson will run three lunchtime creative writing workshops via Zoom. Each will last 90 mins and take place on Friday 23, Monday 26 and Friday 30 April from 12.00 – 13.30.

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Research on sustainability by FASoS staff members

In the run-up to the FASoS research event taking place on 1 June, we will be sharing a publication on sustainability by a FASoS staff member each week. These publications can be found in the FASoS weekly and on the FASoS intranet.

You can register for the FASoS research event here.

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Akudo McGee heads Dutch branch of think-tank

Akudo McGee will head the think tank 89 Netherlands– the Dutch chapter of the pan-European think tank 89 Initiative.

89 Netherlands will partner closely with Studio Europa Maastricht, Working on Europe, a joint programme created by UM, the City of Maastricht, and the Province of Limburg. Akudo hopes to unite researchers based at UM and elsewhere with Dutch policy-makers and the local community.

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9 Golden Rules for good Research Data Management

Check out the 9 Golden Rules for good Research Data Management and get started with managing your research data.

Vacancy: General Member of the FASoS Board of Examiners (BoE)

Are you interested in the teaching and assessment practices at FASoS? Would you like to take part in the quality assurance of the FASoS assessment policy and examinations? Do you have the educational experience and procedural sensitivity that enables you to formulate balanced judgements and recommendations?

Then consider the following vacancy for General Member of the FASoS Board of Examiners (BoE).

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