Staff’s Edition

Poetry contest

Poetry is often a source of solace in difficult times – both reading it and writing it. John Parkinson, Paul Stephenson and Sally Wyatt have made a start, with a quatrain and a limerick (see below). But feel free to turn your hand to sonnets, haiku, odes, or whatever form works for you.

Please send your entries to Sally Wyatt. We’ll include one here every week. Once this is over, prizes will be awarded at our next physical FASoS get-together.


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Introducing: Rossella Colpo

Hello, my name is Rossella Colpo and I’m very excited to be your new colleague.

As of 15 April, I’m joining FASoS as Student Affairs Officer. I’m leaving SBE where over the past years I worked with enthusiasm as Internship Officer.

I was born and grew up in Italy at the Como lake, a lovely area surrounded by the Alps. Since 2001 I have been living in Maastricht, a beautiful old and charming city.


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UM crowdfunding for students

The UM has started a crowdfunding initiative to raise money for students in financial difficulties. For some students, the bar, restaurant, or company they work in are closed, existing regulations are inadequate to continue their payment, and parents are not in the position to help their children out financially.

If you want to donate, you can do so via this link.


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Successful first FASoS webinar on online teaching and learning

40+ FASoS and UM staff participated in the 1st FASoS webinar on online teaching and learning on 1 April. In breakout groups and a plenary debate, participants discussed the challenges of taking PBL online.

There were also contributions by Diede Diederiks (UTQ coordinator and educationalist), Mirko Reithler (EdView coordinator) and Sjoerd Stoffels (project leader educational technology). The webinar was hosted by CPD coordinator Patrick Bijsmans.


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Introducing: Andrada Matauanu

Hi everyone! My name is Andrada Matauanu and I joined FASoS on 1 April as Secretary for the Board of Examiners.

I have a background in law and I am an alumna of the UM’s Faculty of Law where I graduated in 2019.

I am happy to join FASoS and I am looking forward to helping the Office of Student Affairs. See you around!

Trial: Age of Exploration database

As of 1 April, FASoS can access the Age of Exploration database for a trial period of 12 weeks. The trial ends on 25 June.

Connect to the UM network (see tips below) and access the database here. For more information, see here.

PDF download options are not available during the trial.

We invite you to take a look at the database and inform us about your experiences via this form.


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Record a lecture for ‘Quarantaine Colleges’

The University of the Netherlands has started a new initiative: ‘Quarantaine Colleges’.

Now that almost everyone in the Netherlands needs to stay inside, university students receive online education. To offer more content to students, many university lecturers record lectures for the Quarantaine Colleges YouTube channel.

Would you like to record a lecture for Quarantine Colleges? Check the guidelines here and find more information on how to submit a lecture here.


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New editorial team FASoS Teaching & Learning Blog

With Afke Groen recently having left the faculty, a change in the team that runs the FASoS Teaching and Learning Blog was inevitable. While Patrick Bijsmans will remain as editor, we are happy to share with you that Diede Diederiks and Mirko Reithler have agreed to step in as new co-editors.


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Record a video message for your colleagues

UM is looking for employees who would like to record an informal video message for their colleagues. You can record this message yourself, or the UM video team will help you record it. Either way, the UM video team will edit the video and will provide subtitles. This video can then be distributed across several UM channels.


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Raf de Bont interviewed by NRC

Raf de Bont was interviewed by NRC on his interest for ‘moving animals’. He reflects on the historical role the Korenwolf (European hamster) played in the history of Limburg.

You can read the full interview (in Dutch) here.

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