Many internationals at the UT have the same stressor: their spouse is very unhappy in Twente. Two couples share how much the situation of their partners leads to (work) stress – and how the university could help solve the issue. ‘It’s of course not the UT’s responsibility to make the spouse happy, but in the end it does impact the UT.'
The energy crisis and inflation have a big impact on people’s well-being. Financial fitness is therefore one of the main topics covered during the fourth edition of UT Well-being Weeks held until 2 December. ‘Staying awake at night, worrying about your energy bills, is one of the most demanding and most common stressors nowadays,’ says Jan van den Hoogen from Arbo Unie.
Results of a well-being survey show that UT doctoral candidates are impacted by loneliness and wish for more sense of belonging. The survey was conducted by the EQUITY working group from P-NUT (PhD Network of the University of Twente) from December 2021 to February 2022.
UT employees like the combination of working partly at home and partly on campus, but the work pressure is still too high. Those are some of the main results of the 2022 well-being study. Overall, the findings of the survey are similar to previous studies.
Because of high levels of stress and mental health issues among students, UT researchers developed a well-being course for students. Ed de Bruin and Marjolein Prenger from the department of Psychology, Health and Technology ran the first pilot last year and now they are aiming to implement the course UT-wide.
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.
For her Master thesis, University of Twente graduate of Business Administration Lotte Sander studied the impact of Covid-19 on wellbeing of doctors. ‘I expected the influence to be only negative, but surprisingly the pandemic has also had a positive effect.’
A self-reflection walking route on campus with QR codes along the way, to improve student wellbeing. That was, in a nutshell, the bachelor thesis project of CreaTe student Eva Lahuis. Because of its potential, the CreaTe programme and the UT are looking at ways to follow up on the project.
A ‘quick scan of student wellbeing during COVID-19’ was conducted at the UT in April 2021. Its results show that most University of Twente students have been doing ‘okay’ and were able to adapt to the negative situation. However, they miss social cohesion. ‘For the group that started in 2020 community building activities need to be organized.’
In order to reduce workload of UT employees, the University Council (UC) sees the need to review policy from a ‘workload aware perspective’. They will start with a pilot to define a procedure for such an evaluation. This was agreed during the UC meeting today.
The intelligent lockdown did not have a significant effect on students’ wellbeing, nor did it increase mental health problems. ‘Quite remarkable results,’ says researcher Llewellyn van Zyl, who was involved in the collaborative study of the UT, Utrecht University and Eindhoven University of Technology.