A lot of staff and students at universities face special challenges when trying to achieve a balance between their family and their career or their studies. Münster University already offers a wide range of help, and this is due to be expanded. From October 2016 to April 2017 the University’s Press Office has therefore taken a detailed look at different aspects of the subject, and the challenges it involves, under the heading of “work-family balance”.
Anna Gerding, 29, is studying English and French at the University of Münster, training to be a teacher. Some of her lecturers are surprised when she asks for an extension of a deadline because she has a child.
A study just published, entitled "Balancing career and family with the berufundfamilie audit programme – a case study at Münster University Hospital", asks whether family-friendly measures undertaken by companies can be innovative and, at the same time, a worthwhile social investment.
In their research groups at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence, scientists Julia Ghelman and Dr. Eva Korpos are studying how cells behave. Thanks to "LabAid" they were able to continue their research work while they were pregnant and after their children were born.
For many people, commuting is a part of their daily working life. What it means for those concerned is explained in this interview by psychologist Prof. Dr. Carmen Binnewies. Prof. Dr. Bernward Schmidt and Dr. Nils Bahlo also give an idea of what it is like to commute daily.
Münster of University has been awarded the Seal of Quality as a "family-friendly university" three times. Georg Barzel, an auditor at "berufundfamilie Service" ("workandfamily service"), the organisation which awards the certificates, talks in this interview about the current situation as regards work-family balance and discusses future challenges.
Exactly ten years ago the German parliament passed a law introducing the payment of an allowance for people taking parental leave. Three members of the staff of Münster University talk about their experience with this financial support.
Dr. Jürgen P. Rinderspacher from the Institute of Ethics and Associated Social Sciences at Münster University explains in this article, originally published in "wissen|leben", how having a job and caring for relatives can be balanced.
Geologist Dr. Patricia Göbel has been Equal Opportunities Officer at Münster University since the beginning of November. In this short interview she talks about her new job and the current focus on the issue of work-family balance.
Münster University has a lot to offer as far as work-family balance is concerned. Nevertheless, as the Head of Administration Matthias Schwarte writes in the current issue of the University’s newspaper, "wissen|leben", it is still worth considering how things can be made even better.
What status does work-family balance have at German universities? From 2011 to 2014 the Centre of Excellence/Women and Science (CEWS) in Cologne undertook a project on this issue entitled "Effective! – For a more family-friendly approach at German universities" Jutta Dalhoff has been head of CEWS since 2006. In this interview with Julia Schwekendiek she explains what characterizes a family-friendly university.
What characterizes a family-friendly university? An academic, a member of the admin staff and a student at Münster University give their answers in the current issue of the University’s newspaper, "wissen|leben".
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