The effects of coronavirus may turn out to be environmentally and financially advantageous, as we will probably fly less and not need to expand our campus with new buildings to the same extent, claims CBS’ Green Program Leader. However, the social aspects of running a sustainable university post-COVID-19 are more ambiguous.
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As a result of the reorganization, five employees have either resigned or will resign from their positions in the months ahead, according to a statement on CBS Share. Moreover, 46 employees and 17 student assistants will be relocated. The aim is to move the employees to a new physical location in week 42.
What’s it like to be back at CBS? “It’s good to see people’s real faces again – but I miss my coffee machine at home”
VOXPOP: All employees are allowed back to CBS starting from this week. So what is it like? What has working from home been like? And do they miss anything about their home offices? Hear five CBS folks’ perspectives on the matter.
The Danish Government has announced that all public institutions in eastern Denmark can reopen from next week. This means that all CBS employees can return to their offices. “We are looking very much forward to seeing you on campus again,” says the University Director of CBS.
Communications, CBS Business and the two deans’ offices cease to exist as independent units in CBS’ new structure, which, as a consequence, has led to layoffs. The Director of CBS Business, Louise Seest, resigns.
From a one-room apartment shared with her boyfriend, PhD Fellow Amanda Bille has attended online supervision sessions on the balcony, carefully coordinated to avoid the neighboring school's recess, and has waved goodbye to the PhD project of her “dreams”. Now, back at CBS, she says she has done more than she would have accomplished in a whole week at home.
CBS’ 200 or so PhD Fellows, along with researchers who need to be physical present at CBS, now have access to campus. According to the Dean of Research at CBS, the PhD Fellows have had “severe challenges” during the lockdown, which is why they are all now allowed back. CBS’ PhD Association, PAC, calls it “a nice gesture to help us get back on track”.
A 3D printer from CBS’ BITLAB, together with more than 500 3D printers in Denmark, has helped produce 63,644 visors for Danish health-care personnel. At the peak of the corona crisis, the health-care sector “was in desperate need,” says Michael Ford Folkmann, a student and IT Advisor at CBS who picked up the 3D printer at CBS and printed the visors from home while writing his master’s thesis.
Local schools are being allowed to use the empty classrooms and auditoriums at CBS to teach the oldest students. “It’s just great to be back together with my classmates,” says Cilla Bing Costa from Ny Hollænderskolen.
On September 1, Jespers Torvekøkken will start running the canteen services at CBS. CBS warmly recommends the former staff of Spisestuerne and hopes that many of them will be re-employed. CBS Students is curious to see whether the new canteen service provider can match Spisestuerne’s high standards.
CBS WIRE turns three on May 16, and to celebrate, the editorial team has browsed through its treasure trove of stories and cherry-picked 30 articles, films and podcasts that reflect the wide range of funny, clever, cool, innovative, caring, skilled, curious and peculiar people interviewed by CBS WIRE over the past three years. ENJOY!
Since the CBS lockdown on March 12, CBS Library has been poised to re-open some services – especially those for students facing deadlines for theses and bachelor’s projects. However, the permission required from the Ministry for Higher Education and Science has not come until now.
The government support packages and additional help from CBS Students and CBS were not enough to safe Spisestuerne from bankruptcy. CBS Students, which owns Spisestuerne, is devastated by the news and that 70 staff members are now unemployed. Also, CBS Students says they are “disappointed with the way CBS has dealt with this matter”. New canteen expected to open next semester.
As part of the new strategy under development, five units are undergoing reorganization, which can result in major changes for the employees involved. According to two shop stewards, the Senior Management cannot eliminate layoffs. The shop stewards say the announcement of the new organization is bad timing and encourage CBS to do everything to avoid layoffs.
CBS’ IT department had spent weeks before the actual lockdown testing different solutions for working at home – in case CBS had to close. Since then, they have helped move campus life online while preventing system overloads. Now, IT is fighting hackers and figuring out how to hand over computers and phones to new employees.
CBS’ campuses are closed due to coronavirus. So now what? Anne Mette Hou, Head of Student Affairs, reports from an abandoned CBS, where staff members are collecting what they need to work from home, and working hard to inform students of the situation that has caused a phone-storm.
No Thursday bars in March, no annual celebration, fewer study seats at the libraries and fewer classes on campus. Coronavirus has resulted in a number of initiatives to avoid spreading the infection that has infected two students and put three individuals from CBS in precautionary quarantine at home.
More time for staff representatives, excellent teaching and research, outreach to society, inclusive and innovative learning environments. CBS is midway through drawing up a new strategy to replace the current one. CBS WIRE has talked to five people from different corners of CBS about their wishes for the new strategy.
A shitstorm about a song, critical researchers, students trapped in Hong Kong: Here are the top 10 stories you read most in 2019
While everyone else is looking ahead, let’s take a quick glance back at what caught readers’ attention most on CBS WIRE in 2019.
In the new job satisfaction survey, both TAP and VIP agree that career opportunities are not sufficiently transparent at CBS and that there hasn’t been good follow up on the 2016 survey. However, confidence in the Senior Management has improved. The results are up for discussion at the General Consultation Committee meeting on Friday December 13.