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Our NovUM New Confidential Advisor

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✨ This is Alexander, our NovUM Confidential Advisor. His role as confidential advisor is to be a designated safe person within NovUM who has received training to support members with psychological or interpersonal issues within NovUM or otherwise, and is equipped to advise you on where to go if you need more formal support. ✨__ ”I believe that mental health is really important for a productive working atmosphere, especially in such intense times, where NovUM and it's members will probably be facing some challenges to overcome. Studying Psychology, I do already have a thing for listening to other people's problems and doing my best to help them, whether it be interpersonal problems or mental health issues. I am very glad that NovUM has decided to improve mental well-being for it's…
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Students and the Energy Crisis – What Do You Need To Know?

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👉🏽 What is Energietoeslag and how can you receive it? ⭐️ In October, NovUM along with several local parties co-signed a petition to the Dutch government urging them to take rapid and decisive action to give students the same support given to other low income households in the energy crisis. 💯 📍In the pictures you'll find all the information about the requirements and the process of application. If you need help with the application you can contact the International Student Helpdesk (ISH) or Volt Hub. ⭐️ We will fight for you in the university, we will fight for you in the municipality, we will fight the government for you. ⭐️ 📩 You can write us anytime if you need guidance!
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AD(H)D and Gender Research Gap

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👉🏼 Did you know that AD(H)D symptoms and associated support needs differ between men and women? 👉🏼 Did you also know that the research is mainly focused on the male brain and body? Well, we look forward to hearing more about this and more about AD(H)D and its research. 📃 Join us on 3rd of November for a Fundraiser lecture and workshop – we will have cake available. 🍰 When? 3 November 2022 - 16:30-19:00 Where? Feestzaal, Law Faculty We look forward to seeing you!
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GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING

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We are waiting you on October 19th, between 19:00-21:00 for the General Assembly, at the Law Faculty, Feestzaal. Be ready to meet our new Head of Public Relations, learn about our plans for the year, vote on the budget, elect an advisory council, and more. If you cannot attend, email novum@maastrichtuniversity.nl stating that you would like a proxy vote. You must mention the name of the person you want to be your proxy.
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September Highlights from the Councils

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September is for committee assignments: the University Council and most faculty councils are divided into committees to work on specific policy areas. Maike Hinrichs (FPN) -> Decolonisation CommitteeAdina Tarbasanu (SBE) -> Academic CommitteePablo de Borman (SBE) -> Mental Health CommitteeCharles de Groot (UC) -> Operations CommitteeAmien Abid (UC) -> Operations Committee and Strategy CommitteeMaaike Van Uum (FASoS) -> DEIA (Diversity, Equality, Inclusivity and Accessibility)Dylan Van Seijmonsbergen (FASoS) -> Marketing and Communication FPN Working on an overview of where students can seek support for different issues. SBE Discussing introducing regular wellbeing activities such as yoga;Continuing last year’s project of connecting students with UM psychology students for informal wellbeing support;Planning to spread mental health awareness through social media channels; UC Passed initiative to put a microwave in the ICL;Passed initiative to extend…
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SIGN OUR PETITION!

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We are in an energy crisis! Almost all of us will notice this winter the soaring prices of keeping our homes warm enough. Did you know that currently all low-income households are able to receive financial support for the Dutch government- except students? Did you also know that a recent court case ruled that EU students should not be excluded, but the government has yet to roll out the energy subsidy to students? Therefore, NovUM and Volt Maastricht have started a petition to the Dutch government to act quickly and provide financial support to students struggling to pay their energy bills due to the energy prices. If you agree and want to assert your right to receive the energietoeslag, sign the petition HERE!
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Housing News!

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STATISTICS: 100 new housing units will become available in Randwyck every week until November; 120 housing units in Sittard were also made available to UM students unable to find housing in Maastricht; 400-500 new housing units were delivered in time for the beginning of this academic year; 500 more new units will be added before the end of the year; 1000 new rooms will also be completed by September 2023, if no housing projects are delayed. IMPORTANT! Students can still register to rent the new units in Randwyck at: https://www.hureninsorbonnelaanmaastricht.nl The rent is between €427 (unfurnished) and a maximum of €485 (furnished). All units are self-contained, making them eligible for rent allowance for 18 to 22-year-olds. UPDATES: The municipality is piloting a policy of allowing locals to take in students…
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The Bridge – February 2022

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The Bridge is a platform created and administered by our student party to connect with the students of UM and form a spirit of community and contribution. Each month, contributors write a text to tell you about their opinion, an event they have found interesting, … It is pretty free! If you too would like to share your texts, contact us All views expressed in these articles are the writers’ own and do not represent NovUM’s official or unofficial position. Ukraine, from mother to brother of Russia Far from being a precise recapitulation of Ukraine’s history in relations to Russia, this article aims at providing a general historical introduction to the complex Ukraine-Russia relationship. It ideally invites the reader to deepen their critical thinking regarding the current dispute in eastern Europe. In light…
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Our Housing event: Some food for thought, but no clear solution in sight.

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On February 8th, NovUM had the pleasure and honor to invite representatives from the university, the municipality and the student body to shed light on the housing issue in Maastricht. The panel debate was informative and allowed for students to ask questions to the correct bodies and decision-makers. Present were the Head Department of Student Housing, Maurice Evers; Thomas Gardien, councilor 'Burgerraadslid' in the municipality; Student Housing Now, established in Maastricht a few months back; and the Director of the SSC, Margriet Schreuders. Representing the students, the newly founded Student Housing Now explained how this issue is an issue not limited to Maastricht, but a nation-wide issue due to failed policies that have festered in Maastricht; few regulations for purchases, population growth,  and limited land have left Maastricht with way…
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The Bridge – January 2022

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The Bridge is a platform created and administered by our student party to connect with the students of UM and form a spirit of community and contribution. Each month, contributors write a text to tell you about their opinion, an event they have found interesting, … It is pretty free! If you too would like to share your texts, contact us All views expressed in these articles are the writers’ own and do not represent NovUM’s official or unofficial position. Sustainability- An unsustainable concept for students?  When thinking about sustainability as a student, many feasible options quickly come to mind. First of all, it is possible to change your lifestyle, as it all comes down to the ethical choices one makes when consuming, whether it be food or other goods. From secondhand clothing…
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