Keep in Touch! Are you a student who misses interacting with your fellow students? Are you on the board of a study association and do you want to organise more activities? Do you have a creative idea for an activity that can take place entirely in conformity with the coronavirus restrictions and do you just need funding? If so, then the UvA can help.
The mandate to study at home has put a strain on social contact between students, at a time when we just might need each other more than ever. The Executive Board is aware of this issue and has allocated funding to help the UvA promote social interaction between students in 2021. We are doing this through the Keep in Touch campaign.
Although having ‘live’ contact has been difficult since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, over the past year many study associations have organised creative activities that still facilitated contact between students – with due observance of the rules. The UvA welcomes these creative yet responsible ideas, and is making it possible to implement more of these ideas going forward.
Submit your application for ‘COVID-proof’ activities on behalf of your study association by completing the form. Give a brief description in which you explain the impact your idea will have on social cohesion and overall student well-being. Be creative and take advantage of this opportunity! We are currently under lockdown, but we’re hoping that the restrictions will be relaxed again soon so that we will be less limited in our options.
If you are a student and you have an idea, contact your study association and submit an application together. The UvA would like to challenge study associations to involve both members and non-members in this initiative. Make sure your submission meets the basic requirements. The deadline for submissions is 31 January.
Just a few more things...
No, only study associations can submit applications. However, it is possible to submit an application as a student in cooperation with your study association, so contact your study association to discuss your idea.
Alcohol may be consumed, as long as this is done in a responsible manner. During the selection process, we will also look at the role of alcohol in your activity. Alcohol as part of the programme (such as during a welcome/closing drinks reception) is a different story than a beer pong tournament or cocktail workshop. Please keep in mind not to operate a vehicle or bicycle after consuming alcohol.
We additionally ask that you take into account other students who may not drink (e.g. due to their religious beliefs or for health reasons).
First of all, we would like to emphasise that an online event is a safer choice since activities in this format can often still take place under stricter measures. Nevertheless, if you would like to organise an in-person event, make sure that you have a back-up plan.
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