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Green light from University Council for CreaTe programme with VU

The University Council unanimously votes in favour of the joint Creative Technology programme the UT wants to offer together with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam from 2023 onwards. While the council supports the ‘entrepreneurial spirit’ of the UT, it still has concerns about the viability of the business case.

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Free period products in UT bathrooms

The University of Twente starts a pilot for offering free menstrual products to students and employees. The pilot is scheduled to begin in May and will entail placing baskets with menstrual products in several UT bathrooms. The plan was approved by the University Council today.

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Introduction of new e-mail system catches students by surprise

In early February, the UT switched from Google to Microsoft for its e-mail services, but students were not sufficiently informed about this. That is what Bram van Uden (DAS) said during the University Council meeting on Wednesday morning. The Executive Board acknowledged the lack of communication and promised to do better.

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Studenten overrompeld door invoering nieuw mailsysteem

De UT is begin februari overgestapt van de maildiensten van Google naar Microsoft, maar studenten zijn hierover onvoldoende geïnformeerd. Dat zei Bram van Uden (DAS) tijdens de universiteitsraad van woensdagmorgen. Het CvB erkende de gebrekkige communicatie en beloofde beterschap.

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University Council: UT far from ‘people first’ in conflict situations

The University Council believes that the UT’s approach to conflict situations between the university and its employees lacks a human dimension. ‘Reluctant’ employees are isolated and forced to ‘take it or leave it’. A first advice: stop working with law firm Capra Advocaten, “the pit bull of government agencies”.

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Uraad: UT allesbehalve ‘people first’ in conflictsituaties

De universiteitsraad vindt dat de menselijke maat ontbreekt bij conflictsituaties tussen de UT en haar werknemers. ‘Onwillige’ medewerkers worden geïsoleerd en moeten ‘slikken-of-stikken’. Een eerste advies: stop de samenwerking met Capra Advocaten, ‘’de pitbull van overheidsinstanties’’.

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‘All PhDs should be considered one community’

The University Council (UC) is concerned about PhD candidates who are not employed by the UT. During today’s meeting in Horst, the Council advised the Executive Board to clearly define the status and the rights of these ‘scholarship-PhD’s’. ‘We want to provide proper support mechanism and treat them equally.’

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UT community struggles to find way to support system

Information on how get help should be more readily available to UT students and employees, believes the University Council. This point was raised several times during yesterday’s meeting of the Council and the Executive Board.

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Concerns about ventilation of Cubicus and Zilverling

The University Council once again voiced its concerns about ventilation problems in old buildings, specifically the Cubicus and Zilverling. For the time being, the Executive Board mainly sees benefit in more and better communication about ventilation.

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Zorgen over ventilatie Cubicus en Zilverling

De universiteitsraad uitte vanmorgen opnieuw zijn zorgen over ventilatieproblemen in oude gebouwen, specifiek de Cubicus en Zilverling. Het college van bestuur ziet voorlopig vooral heil in meer en betere communicatie over ventilatie.

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University Council complains about AFAS-HR system

The University Council (UC) is concerned about the AFAS-HR system used at the University of Twente. ‘We hear frustrations and complaints about the system from within the whole UT community,’ the UC told the Executive Board during a plenary meeting today.

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Covid Pass at UT: ‘A big dilemma’

The Dutch government is heading for a 3G Covid Pass for higher education. The University Council is not allowed to have its say. Disappointing, say the council members, since there are practical and ethical barriers.

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Coronatoegangsbewijs op UT: ‘Een enorme spagaat’

Het demissionaire kabinet koerst op een 3G-coronatoegangsbewijs voor het hoger onderwijs. De medezeggenschap mag niet meepraten. Teleurstellend, vindt de Uraad. Er zijn namelijk praktische en ethische drempels, die om een lokale oplossing vragen.

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University Council: 'Too much marketing in an overly positive annual report’

The University Council believes that the University of Twente's 2020 annual report is 'written too positively' and lacks critical reflection. This was discussed this morning during the meeting of the University Council in the Horst.

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Uraad: ‘Te veel marketing in te positief jaarverslag’

De Uraad vindt het jaarverslag 2020 van de Universiteit Twente ‘te positief geschreven’ en mist daarbij kritische reflectie. Dat werd vanmorgen besproken tijdens de vergadering van de universiteitsraad in de Horsttoren.

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Application fee pilot extended to ET faculty

As part of a pilot project, prospective master’s students of the UT Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) will have to pay an application fee from September 2022. This was approved by the University Council today. Next year, the Council will discuss the possibility of a university-wide application fee.

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Council on room shortage: 'How will we welcome new students?

The room shortage in Enschede is also on the minds of the University Council. Members of the council wonder how the UT, as 'The most welcoming university', will welcome new students during the next open days.

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Uraad over kamernood: ‘Hoe verwelkomen we straks nieuwe studenten?’

De kamernood in Enschede houdt ook de gemoederen in de Uraad bezig. Leden van de raad vragen zich vooral af hoe de UT als ‘The most welcoming university’ nieuwe studenten tijdens de volgende open dagen verwelkomt.

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