FASoS News

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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NWO Vici grant for Cyrus Mody

Cyrus Mody, historian of science and technology at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, has received an NWO Vici grant of €1,500,000 for his research project ‘Managing Scarcity and Sustainability: The Oil Industry, Environmentalism, and Alternative Energy in the Age of Scarcity’.

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Wanted: lecturers who want to participate in a lecture recording pilot

FASoS wants to go ahead with a pilot soon, where the ins and outs of voluntary lecture recording will be put to the test. To do so, we are looking for lecturers who would like to have their lecture(s) recorded.

The pilot will be aimed at the practicalities of recording lectures, not on content of lectures, nor on didactic issues.

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Reminder: open calls for various Programme Committee members

There are several open calls available for Programme Committee members. The open calls are available on the FASoS staff intranet.

See the links below for the individual calls:

  1. Open call for Chair EPC BA Arts and Culture
  2. Open call for two General Members EPC BA Arts and Culture
  3. Open call for General Member EPC BA European Studies
  4. Open call for General Member EPC MA Arts and Culture
  5. Open call for Chair EPC Media, Technology and Innovation
  6. Open call for General Member EPC Media, Technology and Innovation

Two Bachelor’s Thesis prizes for FASoS during the Dies Natalis

During the morning session of the annual Dies Natalis two FASoS students were presented with the Bachelor’s Thesis prize.

Congratulations to Ellen Petersén and Danai Petropoulou Ionescu!

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Two Master’s Thesis Awards for FASoS during the Dies Natalis

During the annual Dies Natalis two FASoS students were presented with the 2019 Student Award during the academic session.

Sem Duijndam won an award for his thesis ‘Public perceptions of climate change in the European Union: quantitative inquiry on spatial and temporal determinants’.

Nicolle Becke Franco won an award for her research on the impact that mobility or immobility has on migrant youth in Germany on their education pathways.

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BSc Global Studies launching in September: tutors and mentors needed

Global Studies is a new broad bachelor jointly developed by a team from all UM faculties. FASoS is the host faculty. The programme emphasises core UM strengths: interdisciplinary skills and strong international focus. Global Studies was recently accredited by NVAO and awarded the special distinction for small-scale and intensive education.

We are now looking for tutors to participate in the first academic year of the programme.

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Update on the systems available after the cyberattack

Today several FASoS systems went back online. These include:

  • VMF
  • Files4students

However, there is a limitation: These systems, as well as several UM-wide systems that have been available for some time now, including Outlook, IMAR and network folders (I: J: K: L: N: and P: drives) are only available over wired connections and not over Wi-Fi.

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EuroSim Antwerp 2020: unprecedented success

Our team left Maastricht unannounced, but they are back with terrific news.

During EuroSim 2020, an international, inter-university, and transatlantic simulation of the European Union that took place in Antwerp from 5 – 9 January 2020, the FASoS team made an outstanding success.

The team of 8 students – prepared and accompanied by Jelena Stankovic, the EuroSim coordinator at FASoS – returned home with 3 out of 5 possible awards.

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Cyber attack update

On Monday 6 January, FASoS staff was briefed in the Turnzaal by dean Sophie Vanhoonacker on the cyber attack against UM on 23 December.

The top priority after the cyber attack was to ensure education could resume as usual on Monday 6 January. Thanks to our IT staff – and also other staff members – that have worked continuously since the cyber attack, this has been made possible.

The student portal, eleum, the timetable and the library were all working again already before 6 January.

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