Tuesday 2 July 2019
Postdoc life… the dream is over, now reality sets in
Being a postdoc is exhausting, not because the research or teaching is more challenging than as a PhD, but because the uncertainty is so much greater, writes dr. Sasha Goldstein-Sabbah.
Thursday 13 June 2019
Internationals feel exploited
Rooms that are poorly cleaned, or not cleaned at all, broken furniture or, even worse, a spider infestation: international students are angry about their housing and fear that they are paying unfair amounts of rent. “Surely they must be making a profit?”
Thursday 6 June 2019
The university is still not really inclusive
A lack of protocols for staff with an impairment, buildings without wheelchair access and fire hazards for deaf people: “Staff with impairments are neglected.”
Thursday 23 May 2019
More money for natural sciences
The Van Rijn Commission’s recommendations for the Minister of Education include making university funding less dependent on student numbers and making more money available for technical and natural sciences programmes. Leiden University calls it “a potential disaster”.
Thursday 16 May 2019
"We only have time for Saïd and studying"
Fares Wahbi (34) and Nada Sisan (26) were both maths teachers in Syria. They’ve headed back to school so they can teach here too.
Thursday 9 May 2019
My academic freedom is under severe pressure (but politicians prefer to ignore the real threats)
Professor of Korean Studies Remco Breuker’s personal safety was discussed on the same day he attended a hearing in the House of Representatives due to concerns among politicians about his voting behaviour. “What’s the purpose of this meeting, I wonder.”
Wednesday 17 April 2019
I’m ashamed to be British
Last week, the Brexit deadline was pushed back to 31 October, leaving students and academics in suspense: if and when Britain leaves the EU, what will it mean for them?
Wednesday 17 April 2019
Suddenly translations are too expensive
Everything can be translated into English, including snacks in the canteen, says Bart Braun. Why is it so hard to get translations, just when internationals want a say?
Thursday 28 March 2019
Drones can't commit crimes
We need international treaties on armed drones and an authority to enforce those agreements, argues US Marine and Leiden PhD student James Welch.
Thursday 21 March 2019
Looted art: should we give it back?
Ethnic museums are checking their collections for looted art. But how should we return those objects? And to whom?
Thursday 21 February 2019
Hope among the ruins
In 2011, Muammar Gaddafi’s dictatorship in Libya came to an end, but the country is damaged, and its people divided. Legal expert Suliman Ibrahim comes from the badly hit town of Benghazi but is based in Leiden and is helping to rebuild his country from here.
Friday 16 November 2018
They want to live forever, even as a robot or data set if that’s what it takes
It's not cool to die, transhumanists say. Irish author Mark O’Connell wrote a book about them.