The UvA is asking everyone to work or study from home to prevent the spread of the virus as much as possible. The answers to the questions below derive from the measures announced by the Dutch government and will remain in force up to and including 1 June.
You can find information about working from home in the A-Z list on the staff site.
All the information about working from home can be found in the A-Z list on the staff site. Login required.
Unfortunately, we cannot offer you the occupational health and safety support that we have at the UvA locations at home. We ask you to be as flexible as possible with regard to this situation. We do have some tips on working at home in as healthy and sustainable a manner as possible.
Pro-actief has set up a temporary phone-in support desk.
Working from home can bring additional new challenges with it, perhaps regarding a healthy work/life balance or your vitality. ProActief are also specialists in questions about employability and developmental/training needs. Would you like help or support in one or more of these areas? It could be a quick question or a more extended session. From now on our team of experienced coaches is ready to support you by phone. Call them on +31 (0)20 5256670. UvA employees can use this service free of charge.
Our occupation welfare officers may be able to give you support. Go to more information and contact details.
Yes, the UvA is asking everyone to work from home. To limit the spread of the coronavirus, social contacts should be avoided as much as possible (‘social distancing’). It is only permitted to deviate from this if critical processes are endangered that require your physical presence.
This could include lab work, research installations that require a physical presence, hygiene, server maintenance by ICTS staff or Facility Services staff.
It is up to your supervisor to determine whether your work constitutes a critical process. If you can’t come to the UvA, contact your supervisor to discuss how this can be solved. If you cannot reach agreement on this matter, the next higher line manager or your dean/head of unit will decide.
Yes. University staff are included in the category of ‘vital professions’ if they are required to organise the provision of (online) education. According to the ministry of Education, Culture and Science, this in any case applies to teaching staff and ICT staff. If you are asked for an Employer’s Statement as proof of this, you can request one via the service desk of the Administrative Centre.
Yes, you can. If you have a mouse and/or keyboard at work and you live in Amsterdam, let your supervisor know you want to pick them up so they can inform security.
It is also possible to pick up equipment in buildings that are closed. You can contact the UvA’s Central Control Room (020-5256260) to make an appointment. Do make sure to do this at least two hours in advance and you must be able to show security staff an email from your supervisor.
If you don’t live in Amsterdam and purchasing a mouse and/or keyboard is essential you can order these via the usual procedures, with the consent of your supervisor.
You can, even if you are the only parent in your household in a vital profession. It is not a strict requirement for both parents to be in a vital profession. For more information see: https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/coronavirus-covid-19/veelgestelde-vragen-over-coronavirus-en-kinderopvang
It could be the case that your day-care has closed or moved to another location, or that you don’t think it is a good idea to have your children go to school or day-care, and this is making it difficult for you to work from home. Please discuss this with your supervisor, so that arrangements can be made.
Employees who have called in sick or who are in quarantine, or employees who are vulnerable (because of a chronic condition, such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease, or who have reduced resistance for other reasons), should stay at home, even if their work involves critical processes. In consultation with your supervisor, it may be possible to find other activities that don't require you to be physically present. In some cases, special leave (part-time or otherwise), may be granted up to and including 6 April. For questions on this topic, please contact the occupational physician for your faculty or unit.
If, for any reason, your home circumstances are not suitable for work, please discuss this with your supervisor.
You can find information about studying from home in the A-Z list on the student site.
We understand how challenging this must be for you. Try to find a quiet place outside your home where there's a secure WiFi connection. If you have no other option, come to one the UvA buildings that remain open. For more information on opening hours, see Buildings and Facilities.
Please only do so if you are healthy.
Before the beginning of block 5, you should ensure you have access to a computer or laptop and a (safe and adequate) WiFi connection. Should this not prove to be possible, you can come to the UvA for a study place.
If none of these options work for you, please contact your study programme’s Education Desk, and we will see how we can support you in your situation.
In order to be able to continue teaching and providing teaching support, the UvA recently purchased the online meeting and teaching software program Zoom. In response to media reports and employees’ questions about the safety and privacy aspects of Zoom, additional information is available about working with Zoom. UvA employees and students can find the information on Canvas.
You can also read the instructions here for ‘How to attend classes online using Zoom in Canvas’.
If you have a disability you may need specific facilities and support to enable you to study effectively from home. The student counsellor can tell you more about available facilities and support. If you need other facilities you can also discuss this with the student counsellor and they will look for possible solutions in consultation with your faculty.
On the website you can find the contact details of the student counsellors and how to make an appointment.