Eveline Crone Science06 May 2021

‘Dutch success is good, but a strong Europe is better’

LONGREAD - The Netherlands is remarkably successful in European research grant competitions. That’s great, but what about the other member states? “Researchers in one country aren’t smarter than in another”, says Eveline Crone, Vice President of the European Research Council (ERC).

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Campus08 April 2021

‘We want to remove the formality of a desk’

LONGREAD - The VU has greenlighted a two-fold plan by the University Student Council for a new panel and meeting point where students can talk to students about their wellbeing. ‘We really need to start as soon as possible’, the initiators of the plan say.

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active learning Education24 March 2021

Attending a lecture should not be like watching TV

Active learning puts an end to students listening to lectures slumped down in their seats. Which is good, because the more you can get them to participate, the more they will learn. So how do you get students to join in?

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Rueben Millenaar Education25 February 2021

Got a bad plan? The money will turn up anyway

LONGREAD - Administrators who think they have to jump through hoops, inspectors who fail to check the quality of education, and a fainthearted minister. These are the main players in the circus that is known as the quality agreements. "With a lot of plans, you can never say for sure whether education will improve as a result."

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Campus17 February 2021

Is there a cancel culture in Dutch universities?

LONGREAD - Cancel culture is becoming a source of considerable debate within Dutch universities. Why has it become such a topical subject, including at VU Amsterdam?

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Science21 January 2021

Work atmosphere a key factor in sloppy science

LONGREAD - In almost one-third of cases involving questionable research practices, the atmosphere in the relevant department is a key factor, according to research carried out by Tamarinde Haven for her PhD. “Young academics need role models.”

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Katalin Gaspar Campus11 January 2021

'How will I manage an extended lockdown?'

LONGREAD - Numerous VU employees have resumed their unofficial part-time job as home teacher. Anyone who has school-age children must accompany them with their schoolwork in addition to their own work. In this first episode PhD student Katalin Gaspar shares how she is keeping it up.

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Education20 November 2020

We shouldn’t waste students’ years of brilliance

LONGREAD - Honours students in the Department of Informatics have been given the opportunity to lead a research project to earn credits. To date, more than ten students have taken the plunge.

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Campus18 November 2020

Why so many researchers have left Psychology

LONGREAD - In Cognitive Psychology, a senior professor who intimidates his staff. And people in Social and Organizational Psychology who feel they have been misled and played off against each other. Our investigation reveals three research groups, together comprising one department, incapable of rectifying a tainted academic climate.

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Voting Politics02 November 2020

No matter the outcome, there will be chaos

LONGREAD - In preparation for the upcoming US Elections, over 90 Political Science students attended an online pre-election event to sharpen their ideas through expert opinions and discussion. What is at stake? Is the promised land going to implode or explode?

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