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.
The Covid measures in higher education may have been lifted, but the pandemic’s impact on students’ mental health remains. To address this issue, the Ministry of Education is now working on an ‘integrated approach’ to student wellbeing.
De coronamaatregelen in het hoger onderwijs zijn geschrapt, maar daarmee zijn de mentale problemen van studenten nog niet verdwenen. Het ministerie van Onderwijs werkt aan een ‘integrale aanpak’ van het welzijn van studenten.
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.’
This spring, students had to battle against stress, sleeping difficulties and extreme fatigue. They also drank and smoked cannabis a lot. The outgoing government wants to tackle mental problems ‘as a matter of the utmost urgency’.
Studenten kampten dit voorjaar met stress, slaapproblemen en levensmoeheid. Ook dronken en blowden ze veel. Het demissionaire kabinet wil de mentale problemen ‘met de grootste urgentie’ aanpakken.
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.’
International students are also struggling in these times of coronavirus crisis. Nuffic, the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education, announced this in a new report. Many of these students feel lonely, anxious or even depressed. But an occasional physical class makes up for this to an extent.
Ook internationale studenten hebben het zwaar in de coronacrisis, meldt internationaliseringsorganisatie Nuffic in een nieuw rapport. Velen van hen voelen zich eenzaam, bezorgd of zelfs depressief. Maar af en toe een fysieke les maakt veel goed.
The corona crisis is causing UT students a lot of hardships. This is shown by the recently published wellbeing survey, which was conducted last summer. The question is: what can the UT do to help?
De coronacrisis levert UT-studenten veel kopzorgen op. Zo blijkt uit het recent gepubliceerde welzijnsonderzoek, dat afgelopen zomer werd afgenomen. De vraag is nu: hoe kan de UT het beste helpen?
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.