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First campus service started at the University Library!

Last updated on 30 March 2022
Maaike van Dalfsen works as a communications officer at the Network for Research Data Support (NRDS) of the University Library. She fulfils the first campus service at VU Amsterdam.

Maaike was welcomed very enthusiastically by her new colleagues at the University Library and by the data stewards of the faculties. They are happy that she started, because she will take care of the communication regarding the Network for Research Data Support in general. Her colleagues have had no time for this, so there is plenty of work for her.

Maaike really likes her new position. Her first task was to make a ‘who is who’ of all data stewards at the faculties and the library, which is very important for external communication. Together with Marcel Ras, coordinator of the NRDS, and Lena Karvovskaya (community manager of the University Library), she determines the priority of the other tasks that await her. In addition to the excellent guidance from her new colleagues, she was also well guided by Renée van Scheppingen, the coordinator of the Participation Service Point. She was able to answer all Maaike's questions and gave more information on how to start in your first job.

Marcel Ras states that it was a huge relief for him when Maaike started. When he started as a network coordinator, he already wanted to hire a communications officer. The only problem was that there was no budget to fill that position. Luckily this position fits perfectly within the campus services format: it services the entire VU-network and contributes to VU's strategic ambitions in research. After the business case was created and the checklist was approved, project budget was made available to hire a communications officer. Marcel also indicates that he very much enjoyed the guidance of Renée van Scheppingen and Carlijn Backx (project leader campus services) during the entire process.

What is a campus service?

VU Amsterdam aims to have created 163 jobs for people with disabilities by 2024 based on the legal quota. These participation jobs are realized in 3 ways, via the target of departments and faculties, purchasing and campus services. A campus service is a new, expanded or improved form of a VU broad service and contributes to VU's strategic ambitions in education, research, valorisation and/or operational management. The campus services will be a part of one of the existing VU departments and will be financed through the project budget of Participation Jobs, at least in the first year.

Do you have an idea for a campus service within your department or faculty? Please contact Carlijn Backx to discuss the possibilities.