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General programmes

One of the central aims of the University’s gender equality policy is to encourage male and female students to enrol in subjects which are underrepresented in their respective gender group. Based on the motto “More Women into Science – Is a doctoral degree the way to go?”, the Equal Opportunity Office organises an information event every year specifically targeted at female students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree. The event is supplemented by personal consultation sessions. Several faculties of the University of Münster offer courses which emphasise gender studies and gender equality.

Equal Opportunities for Students

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    Network of student equal opportunity representatives

    At WWU Münster, student representatives from various levels (institutes, departments, central institutions) as well as interested and active students organising events or partaking in projects concerning equal opportunities shape university life. But the university encorporates a student body of over 45.000 - things get handled differently in a different department, or you may be new in your role as student equal opportunity representative and don't know too much about your role. The network provides a space to get to know each other and our respective work, pool our knowledge and connect our engagement.

    In cooperation with the autonomous women's unit of the AStA [de] (Autonomes Frauen*referat), the central student equal opportunity representative invites all students working on equal opportunity issues to a semesterly meet-up. We are additionally keeping contact through the mailing-list studentische-gleichstellung@listserv.uni-muenster.de as well as the digital platform Slack. If you would like to be added to the mailing-list or our Slack workspace, please write an e-mail to studglei@wwu.de.


    Documents

    Information for students active in equal opportunities areas have been compiled at a networking event in summer 2019: The guideline How to Gleichstellung (PDF) [de] (German only - if needed, please ask for a translation via studglei@wwu.de) entails information on (legal) groundwork, ideas on further relevant topics, for projects and how to finance them, and additionally, information on advisory offices.

  • Doctoral programme information event for female students

    Every year the Equal Opportunity Office stages an information event titled “More Women into Science – Is a doctoral degree the way to go?”. The event is especially targeted at female students who are thinking about pursuing a doctoral degree.
    In cooperation with the Graduate Centre, the Careers Service and SAFIR, the students learn more about the doctoral opportunities available to them at the University of Münster, the chance of finding employment with or without a doctoral degree, and ways to finance doctoral programmes. The participants are invited to meet at an “Infocafé” during break time where they can speak with University representatives in the foyer of the lecture building. The organisers plan to conclude the event with a discussion forum with female academics who are pursuing or have already completed their doctoral degrees. The event will be held in German.

    Next date: November 15, 2021 from 12:15-ca. 3:30 p.m.

    Registrations are possible until November 7 at: https://wwuindico.uni-muenster.de/e/promovieren-geht-ueber-studieren

  • Seminars for female students

    In cooperation with the Schreib-Lese-Zentrum and the Centrum für Rhetorik, seminars for female students are offered on a regular basis. The events take place in german.

    Centrum für Rhetorik:

    • Präsentationstechniken für Frauen
    • Ich trau mich! Selbstbewusstes Auftreten für Studentinnen

    The current seminar program and registration options are available on the website of the Centrum für Rhetorik.

    Schreib-Lese-Zentrum:

    • Journalistische Schreibwerkstatt
    • Leseforum - Bücher im Gespräch

    The current seminar program and registration options are available on the website of Schreib-Lese-Zentrum.

  • Further advice and information for students

    Aside from the advice and information provided by the Equal Opportunity Office WWU's students will find peer-advice from the following organisers:

    - The Womens Representatives at the General Student Committee (Asta) offers advice and networking within their FLINTA*-Room. For further information click here.

    - The TINBy-Representative offers peer advice for Students whose gender identity doesn't confine with the one given to them by birth. For further information go to their website with this link.

    - The Lesbians Representatives at the General Student Committee (Asta) is the represents the interest of lesbian, bisexual, pansexual and queer students. For further information click here.

  • Advice for female students and (future) doctoral candidates

    Are you a female student thinking about earning a doctorate? Would you like some advice regarding the pros and cons of pursuing a doctoral degree? This support service offered by the  Graduate Centre is targeted at female students and doctoral candidates. We would like to offer you orientation and put you on an easier path to earning your doctorate. We offer both short-term and long-term academic advice services.

    Our support staff can help you in the following areas:

    •     Decision-making
    •     Clarifying perspectives
    •     Career development
    •     Conflict management


    If you are interested in learning more or arranging a personal appointment, please contact the WWU Graduate Centre [en].

© WWU - Peter Grewer

Students with children

Equal opportunities especially means supporting students with children who have to juggle their studies, childcare and possibly a job. The Equal Opportunities Office's evaluation report of an explorative survey (PDF) [de] (conducted Feb 2019) gives an overview over the challenges students with children deal with (German only).

Support for Students with Children

  • Childcare Allowance for Student Parents

    Starting in April 2020, the University of Münster will offer a childcare allowance to all students with children. If childcare is needed for several hours or in a pinch when childcare facilities are closed, students can apply for financial assistance from the University to cover these childcare expenses.

    Informations and application

  • Advice for pregnant students – What now?

    Having and raising a child can be a tremendous challenge for student parents. They are suddenly faced with numerous questions: Can I postpone my examinations? Where can I get financial aid? How do I request a leave of absence for a semester? At the University of Münster, there are several departments which offer advice on matters concerning childcare, financing and reconciling parental and academic obligations.
    Visit the website "Portal familienleben" to learn more about advisory services [de]

    The new Maternity Protection Act (Mutterschutzgesetz, MuSchG) entered into effect in January 2018. This amended version of the law now applies to women studying at university and includes the time span of pregnancy and breastfeeding.. The goal is to ensure that the academic requirements and environment do not endanger the health of the mother and her child. At the same time, the law states that students should not suffer any disadvantages on account of their pregnancy, e.g. they should not be forced to interrupt their studies if they do not wish to. Female students are entitled to various protective measures. However, the University of Münster can only comply with its legal obligations provided they notify the University of their condition through the Student Maternity Protection Coordination Office. Our office provides information about all aspects of the Maternity Protection Act and can offer you non-binding consultation if desired. Moreover, we are responsible for initiating individual protective measures. Find further information here.

  • Quick help with questions about studying while raising a child [de]

    Who can answer your questions about childcare? Where are the nursing and nappy-changing rooms at the University? The brochure “Studying with Children”, published by the Equal Opportunity Office, provides extensive information for student parents on all matters related to studying while raising a child (or children).
    Download our brochure “Studying with Children” (PDF) [de]

    The new Maternity Protection Act (Mutterschutzgesetz, MuSchG) entered into effect in January 2018. This amended version of the law now applies to women studying at university and includes the time span of pregnancy and breastfeeding. The goal is to ensure that the academic requirements and environment do not endanger the health of the mother and her child. At the same time, the law states that students should not suffer any disadvantages on account of their pregnancy, e.g. they should not be forced to interrupt their studies if they do not wish to. Female students are entitled to various protective measures. However, the University of Münster can only comply with its legal obligations provided they notify the University of their condition through the Student Maternity Protection Coordination Office. Our office provides information about all aspects of the Maternity Protection Act and can offer you non-binding consultation if desired. Moreover, we are responsible for initiating individual protective measures. Find further information here.

  • Parent-child rooms

    Nursing and nappy-changing rooms are available in numerous facilities at the University of Münster. There are also parent-child rooms which provide parents a quiet place to work and their children a play area to keep them occupied.

    For a list of all parent-child rooms on campus, visit the website of the Family Portal [de].
    For a list of all meeting places and lounges, click here.

  • Studi-Kidz Café

    The Studi-Kidz Café offer students with children the chance to meet and chat with other student parents in a cosy atmosphere. Student fathers and pregnant students are naturally welcome, as well.
    More information about the Studi-Kidz Café [de]

  • Madame Courage - Scholarship for Single Parents

    Students in the examination phase have it hard enough, but when they are also raising a child as a single parent they face a three-fold challenge: completing their studies, finding suitable childcare and earning enough money to provide for their small family. This is where “Madame Courage” comes in. This fundraising project specifically supports single-parent students at universities in Münster who have no other financial resources at their disposal. It awards student parents short-term grants (max. funding duration: two semesters) so that they can complete their studies.
    More information about “Madame Courage” [de]

  • The Surrogate Grandparents project – “Time for you, time for me”

    “Time for you, time for me” offers families and potential surrogate grandparents an opportunity to meet one another at a picnic or café, share ideas or establish closer contact if desired. This could make your next family outing to the zoo a very special occasion and perhaps make a wish or two come true. And who knows what new perspectives may come of it? We provide the right setting and are happy to take your questions or suggestions.

    More information about the “Surrogate Grandparents” project

  • The Baby Club for Student Parents

    The Baby Club offers young student parents the opportunity to learn a wide range of interesting facts about child development. The topics include everything from nutrition and childcare to promoting cognitive and physical development. The babies also learn games and songs, and have the chance to discover the world around them in a relaxed setting. Most importantly, the Baby Club is a chance for student parents to meet one another, share their experiences and enjoy some quality time with their babies. In the previous club series, a number of parents forged long-lasting friendships with one other.

    For more information and registration details visit the "Haus der Familie” [de].