Keeping up the spirit

Team UM Politics victorious in Tour de France

Team UM Politics, consisting of Iskander, Johan, Patrick and Yf, was victorious is this year’s inter-university Tour de France game. They smashed the competition, 54 scholars from 5 other Belgian and Dutch universities. Iskander, Johan, Patrick and Yf each won at least 1 stage, with Iskander succeeding where Cav did not by winning no less than 5 sprint stages. Patrick won the GC, with Yf in second place. The team also won the team classification.

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Shared Experience: The Pandemic in Everyday Objects

If you had to tell someone about how you personally experienced working or studying from home during the pandemic by showing them one of your personal possessions, what would you show them?

We are calling all UM students and staff. Studium Generale and the Art and Heritage Commission (KEC) are building a display of everyday objects, telling the story of how you personally and the UM collectively have experienced the pandemic.

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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.

Please read on for more information.

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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 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 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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Go team FASoS!

37 colleagues at FASoS are participating in the UM steps challenge. The goal of the steps challenge is to take as many steps as possible between 15 April and 5 May.

The first team to reach 178.500 steps per person on average wins the challenge, which boils down to taking an average of 8,500 steps a day.

Team FASoS is doing extremely well and has exceeded the average of 8,500 steps per day each day so far! Go team FASoS!

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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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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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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