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Attitude towards internationals in student homes seems to be changing
A sample study conducted by DUB and Trajectum shows that a majority of student homes in Utrecht are open to having an international housemate. The preference is overwhelmingly for international students who will stay longer than a semester. Read more

The Promising Fifteen of 2019
The UU is bursting with talent. They are young researchers, entrepreneurs and athletes, but also students who overcome setbacks with admirable willpower. In our Promising Fifteen, we put fifteen of those students in the spotlight. These are our best of 2019. Read more

Fraternity member of Unitas responsible for disrupting lecture
The student who broke a laptop two weeks ago during a Mathematics lecture at Earth Sciences appears to be a member of the student association Unitas. The student has had a conversation with university representatives about the issue and will apologise. Read more

Fancy tram finally running
During the first, busy morning rush tram 22 had to face, passengers pour onto the new tram platform at Utrecht Central Station. Guides point the passengers to the correct places to get onto the tram, after which the passengers all receive a tram-shaped chocolate bar. Read more

Special stories
‘People seem to be mostly interested in my horrible experiences’
Too often, the label of ‘pitiable’ is forcibly applied to minority groups, says Master’s student of Gender Studies Simone Zalla Aumaj. She uses the trauma of her Afghanistan-born parents and other minorities to improve the world – starting at the university. Read more

​​​​​​​Never again stuffed into a packed bus 12
The last bus 12 from Utrecht Science Park runs today at 21.24 to the central station. After that, the line will stop definitively. A former student and a bus driver look back. “Line 12 is irrevocably linked to my pleasant student days. It is strange that it is now disappearing." Read more

'Sick building' puzzles UU; three employees left the university
Three lab technicians have left the UU, because the building they’d been working in had made them sick. For over a decade, employees working in the Buys Ballot building have complained about the indoor climate. The cause remains a mystery. Read more

Happy New Year
DUB wish everyone happy holidays and a good 2020.
Will English become the working language at Dutch universities?
After the turn of the year, English will officially be the working language at the University of Twente and Eindhoven University of Technology. Members of Parliament and opponents of anglicisation are critical. Other universities, including Utrecht University, prefer bilingualism. Read more

More hours, but lower wages for women professors
Women professors have a longer working week than their male colleagues, but are paid less. This is stated in the new Women Professors Monitor. Read more

‘Universities are withholding funds for women’
Universities are not spending hundreds of thousands of euros intended to promote female scientists to associate professors or professors, reports de Volkskrant this week. Read more

Also interesting
Three UU restaurants to close after Christmas; Science faculty wants alternative
The kiosks at the University Library in the city centre and the Janskerkhof, and Goliath in the David de Wied building will close. Before the summer, an additional four restaurants will close too. Read more

Watch out: the tram is coming
video Pedestrians and cyclists will have to be careful when crossing the street. A new signalling system was installed in October. This can work if the warning lights do not blink continuously. Read more

Six applications from Utrecht University accepted by research council ERC
After a relatively mediocre year, the Netherlands is getting a lot of research money from the European Research Council (ERC) again. Six applications from Utrecht University were accepted. With 32 consolidator grants, the Netherlands is in fourth place. Read more

Utrecht University needs to spend more money
Before the end of 2020, 26.5 million euros of the reserves of the university need to have been spent, says board member Annetje Ottow, who feels the money in reserve at the moment is far too much. Read more

This is the last newsletter of 2019. The editors wish everyone happy holidays and a good 2020. DUB will publish articles again from Monday 13th of January at The first newsletter you can expect on 20 January.
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