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If you feel you need help or support to guide you through these testing times or need to talk to someone you can contact someone of the LION PhD workgroup put into place to better address your needs and concerns. The Casimir PhD platform members Zohre Eskandari, Gesa Welker and Michal Pacholski are part of that group.

Alternatively you can contact Jan Boersema (vertrouwenspersoon) at or make an appointment with the University MD.


Leiden University Resources

Healthy University@home - tips and tricks:

Work on your personal and professional skills online:
We learn at work by sharing knowledge with colleagues and by following courses. That may not seem feasible at the moment, when most of us are working from home. However, if you want to continue to develop your knowledge and skills, for example in communication, creative thinking, focus or personal leadership, you can follow a free online course – via Leiden University – given by New Heroes in one of the following categories:

  •     Life hacks
  •     Communication
  •     Management and leadership
You can start the course straight away. Just log in with your ULCN account.


Develop your personal and professional skills online: 

Free digital resources during coronavirus :

(More) free resources during coronacrisis :
Access to all 2700+ e-books from MIT Press Direct in addition to the Environmental Science Collection Leiden University already owns. MIT’s collection is focused towards business, engineering, life sciences and computer sciences, but also includes Arts, (digital) Humanities and Social Science.

Trailer SPOC Dutch & More - online Dutch language course :

(More) digital resources during the corona crisis :

Phd Survival guide in the time of Corona. 

General resources

Yoga & Mindfulness: (all offer great courses and many/all for free) en

(tips for cultural activities in lockdown)

Massive online open course: