Monday 27 November 2023
Screening academics from risk countries brings discrimination into Dutch universities
The Dutch government wants universities to strictly screen academics from Russia, China, North Korea and Iran. That is discriminatory, ineffective and a waste of taxpayer money, argues George Miley.
Tuesday 21 November 2023
‘That protest was scary,’ say Jewish students: ‘All I could think was: I have to get out of here’
What do Jewish students and lecturers think of the increased tension, the pro-Palestine protest and the way the university is handling the conflict? ‘I don’t know if I can continue my studies.’
Tuesday 14 November 2023
Actor and rocker David Duchovny performing in The Hague. ‘I was scared to sing in front of an audience’
Actor David Duchovny achieved world fame thanks to the television series The X-files and Californication. A lesser known fact: he is also a musician and will be performing in The Hague this week. ‘I’m not a natural singer, but I’ve worked hard to get everything I can out of my voice.’
Friday 13 October 2023
Cut fossil ties? We don’t have the time!
From a moral standpoint, it may seem the right reflex to end collaborations between the university and the fossil industry. But that would cause unnecessary delays in the required energy transition, argue Sense Jan van der Molen, Marc Koper and Victor van der Horst.
Friday 13 October 2023
Dilemma: what to do with internationals?
Five years after universities themselves asked for ways to control the intake of international students, there is a bill on the table that is much more drastic than they would like to see. How could this happen?
Friday 29 September 2023
No prostate, no prize: why academic awards are overrated
At the symposium 'Does Science Need Heroes?', experts will debate the role of awards in science. ‘It’s time to broaden the perspective. There is already enough attention on Einstein.’
Monday 25 September 2023
Leiden University, save your reputation and cut fossil ties
If the university truly wants to show its commitment to sustainability, it must completely sever all ties with the fossil industry, argues Gerrit Schaafsma. Continued collaboration undermines the academy’s authority.
Monday 25 September 2023
This couple got their PhDs together on the same dissertation: ‘I can’t imagine doing it alone’
Jully Acuña Suarez and Marcelo Marques Miranda are partners in science and in life. On Wednesday, they defended their joint dissertation together.
Tuesday 19 September 2023
Me(me), myself(ie) & I: the effect of digital doppelgängers
How do we deal with digital doppelgängers? Philosopher Elize de Mul examined the effects of revenge porn, selfies and memes. ‘People bring selfies to the plastic surgeon because they want to be “themselves”.’
Wednesday 28 June 2023
Student assistant: an honourable job that doesn’t always pay
It seems like an honourable job, but some student assistants complain that they have to grade exams unpaid, or wait months for their salary. ‘My employer is my thesis supervisor.’
Thursday 8 June 2023
Yasmijn is in a wheelchair: ‘I was completely forgotten during the fire drill’
Thresholds, heavy doors and discriminating lecturers: students with disabilities still feel forgotten. ‘I regret choosing to study in Leiden.’
Monday 5 June 2023
Pop-up HPV vaccination at Plexus proves popular: ‘We vaccinated 63 students in just one hour’
On-site vaccination works, especially at the university. This month, students can get an HPV vaccination at Plexus every Thursday evening without an appointment.