P&O News 23 June 2015

Business travel to high risk areas and/or in case of (imminent) disasters

On 2 June 2015, the Executive Board confirmed the Guidelines for business travel to high-risk areas. These guidelines set out how the University deals with such trips and establishes a number of general ground rules.

What are high-risk areas?
A high-risk area is an area that has been designated red or amber by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. No permission will be given for business travel to areas designated red (meaning: do not travel). Travel to such areas is not covered by the University's travel insurance and our responsibility as employers will not allow us to authorise these trips. For business travel to areas colour-coded amber (meaning: necessary travel only) written permission from the mandate holder needs to be obtained in advance. Instructions about what to do if the colour designation changes during the course of a trip can also be found in the guideline and on the website.

Why this guideline?
Employees who wish to travel to high-risk areas are often intimately familiar with the area. It could also be that the risk factor in the area is in fact the subject of the research. In this case there is a conflict between the employee's (and our) professional interest and our duty of care as an employer. This is the reason the Guidelines for Business Travel was put into place. Because of the conflicting interests mentioned, these guidelines were drawn up by academic personnel, Personnel and Organisation Departments, Directors of Operational Management and deans. 

More about travelling to high-risk areas for work

Final report on staff survey available

In March this year the third staff survey was carried out. There was a good response rate: 54% of employees filled in the questionnaire, which is an excellent score. The report is now available and will be discussed in various departments of the university sections over the coming months. These talks will form the basis of the subsequent steps to be taken.

A brief overview of the report:

  • a primarily positive image with high scores for satisfaction, involvement and vitality. Working at the university is valued highly at 7.6.
  • a number of points to note: gossip has increased significantly compared to 2012 and staff are also less positive about the career and staff development policy. In addition to this, the possibilities for taking sabbaticals was thought to be unsatisfactory.
  • there were a number of questions in the survey on the theme of 'work pressure'. Within the university this was generally not felt to be extremely high, although staff do note that they suffer from some stress after working hours.

The results of the survey are being published in different ways. This week, a short, accessible summary will be sent to members of staff who have requested this. Also this week, the respondents will be given access to the internet tool, which gives a lot of information at university, faculty and department level. The final report for the staff survey will be generally available to all staff of our university.

The Executive Board will discuss how to handle some of the university-wide issues with the faculties and the representative advisory bodies. The results of the survey can differ between faculties or departments and so need a plan not just at university level but also at faculty level.

Sign up now for the teacher training courses (autumn 2015)

Dates for the ICLON (Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching) teacher training courses in autumn have now been set.

Beginners' course basic teaching techniques
Aimed at: PhD students and teaching assistants
Course dates: 8 October, 10 November (in English), 14 December

This course is aimed at preparing PhD students and teaching assistants for the teaching aspect of their role. It covers five topic: teaching style, setting learning aims, choosing teaching approaches, giving presentations and of course supporting

Training courses to support the University Teaching Qualification (BKO)
ICLON offers five training programmes that can support lecturers while they study for their BKO. These training courses are also suitable for lecturers who are not studying for their teaching qualification, but who simply want to gain a deeper understanding of one of these topics. The start dates are listed for each individual training course.

How to design a course
Aimed at: lecturers
Course dates: 11 September, 13 September, 1 October (in Dutch) and 7 October, 14 October, 28 October (in English)

In 'How to Design a Course' you will run through the whole course design cycle in three sessions of half a day each, and you will be able to (re-)design your own teaching programme based on a sound analysis.

How to Give a Lecture
Aimed at: lecturers
Course dates: 9 October, 16 October, 30 October (in Dutch) and 6 November, 13 November and 20 November (in English)

How do I come across as a lecturer when I give a lecture? How do I structure my lecture? How do I reach my students? Which activating teaching methods and tools can I use? These are just some of the questions that 'How to Give a Lecture' will focus on.

How to supervise a workgroup
Aimed at: lecturers
Course dates: 5 November, 12 November, 19 November (in Dutch) and 23 November, 30 November and 7 December (in English)

How can I ensure that my students actually work in the workgroups? Can I motivate my students to prepare better? These and other topics will be covered in the course on 'How to supervise a workgroup'.

Blended Learning
Aimed at: lecturers
Course dates: 26 November, 8 December, 5 January (in Dutch) and 3 December, 17 December and 12 January (in English)

Blended learning is a combination of online learning and face-to-face instruction. But what does this look like in practice? How do you achieve the most appropriate 'blend'? This question will be answered in the course on Blended Learning.

Testing and assessment
Aimed at: lecturers
Course dates: 9 December, 16 December, 6 January (in Dutch) and 10 December, 17 December, 13 January (in English)

From test design to test analysis, from multiple-choice questions to peer assessment, from formative to summative testing: all your questions will be answered in this training programme, based on your own test materials of course.

Supervising thesis students
Aimed at: lecturers
Course dates: 14 September, 28 September and 5 October 2015 (in Dutch) and 18 November, 25 November and 2 December (in English)

Writing a thesis can be a struggle for many students. How can lecturers make sure that it does not turn into an obstacle for both parties? In other words: what does optimal thesis supervision look like and how far does your responsibility stretch? This training is available in Dutch and in English. This course is free of charge for employees of Leiden University.

Advanced Blackboard Skills
Aimed at: lecturers, PhD students and teaching assistants
Course dates: 23 June, 30 September, 16 November (in Dutch)

Get more out of Blackboard in just one afternoon! This workshop introduces you to all of Blackboard's features by way of an interactive demonstration. This course is free of charge for employees of Leiden University.

Teaching and Learning in the International Classroom
Aimed at: lecturers and PhD students
Course dates: 27 October and 4 November (in English)

The growing number of international students and lecturers, in Leiden as everywhere else, has an impact on the teaching and learning process. In the 'Teaching and Learning in the International Classroom' course we discuss the situations and experiences you may encounter in the international classroom. You will be given tools and practical tips. This course is free of charge for employees of Leiden University.

Last Modified: 27-07-2015