Studying and Research with Family in times of COVID-19
For the past few weeks, we have all been dealing with a situation that demands a lot from a lot of us. This is particularly the case for university members with families. The University is doing its best to respond to the needs of its members in a flexible manner. With this information leaflet we can hopefully answer the most pressing questions:
• How can I study or work during the summer term – and which regulations are in place to help to reconcile this with my family responsibilities?
• Which child care offers can I rely on as a researcher or student?
• How can I reconcile care responsibilities with my studies / my work at the University?
• How will my fixed-term employment contract be extended if I have been taking care of my children at home for weeks?
These questions and many more will be answered in five information packages which we have compiled below. The information is as varied and current as possible, and we will keep it up to date. However, if there is anything missing – and new Information is becoming available continuously – please contact us with the information you would like to share or obtain.
To find a perfect solution for every case might not be possible. If you are having difficulties or if anything is unclear, here are points of contact to turn to:
Equal Opportunities: email@example.com
Human Resources Division: firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff Council: email@example.com
Info Package A: Regulations concerning studying and working with family at Heidelberg University
On this page you can find information about workplace modalities, day-care facilities and study regulations.
Info Package B: Regulations concerning fixed-term employment and scholarship contracts, regulations concerning deadlines for research proposals and projects
In this section, the focus is on regulations concerning employment contracts and deadlines of funding bodies for research and project proposals
Info Package C: Federal regulations and regulations of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg regarding families and financial questions
Here are cited the federal regulations and regulations of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg concerning family matters. Furthermore, you can find Information on financial questions.
Info Package D: Support offers
Despite the provisions in place, some situations require assistance beyond the general offers of support. This section lists some addresses providing such assistance.
Info Package E: Interesting links
There are issues important or difficult for families right now. We have collected some links for those who are interested in reading up on Topics.
(as of 24.4.2020)
Availability of the Equal Opportunities Office
For the time being, the best way to contact us is by email: If you send us an email, we will assist you with your inquiries. In case you would like to talk to us directly, please send us an email with your telephone number and times during which you can be reached – we will call you back. (Advanced) trainings scheduled for the summer term will be offered in digital form. Details will soon be made available on this website.
Inquiries, Counselling Sessions, Scheduling Appointments and Information
Equal Opportunities Commissioner
Prof. Dr. Christiane Schwieren: firstname.lastname@example.org
Equal Opportunities at the Faculties, WALK SAFE Programme
Charlotte von Knobelsdorff: Charlotte.Knobelsdorff@uni-heidelberg.de
Gender Consulting and Management
Dr. Agnes Speck: Agnes.Speck@uni-heidelberg.de
Service for Families – Children’s Centre
Andrea Steinmann: Kinderhaus@uni-heidelberg.de
Studying with Child(ren), Diversity Management, Cooperation Research Networks
Evelyn Kuttikattu: email@example.com
Funding Programmes and Career Tracking, Gender Controlling
Carmen Waiblinger: firstname.lastname@example.org
Diversity Projects, Concierge-Service
Annika Werner: email@example.com
Bettina Wieser: Gleichstellungsbuero@uni-heidelberg.de
To support students with children during the Corona pandemic, the "Study Parents Fund" was established at the University of Heidelberg. Students with children at the University of Heidelberg who are not able to use childcare due to the Corona Pandemic and need short-term and spontaneous financial support to organise or finance childcare themselves are eligible for support from the "Study Parents Fund". -> more
The online tutorial “Gender Bias in Appointment Procedures” offers information and recommendations on how to avoid discrimination. -> more
In 2017, Heidelberg University was certified as a family-friendly University for the third time by audir berufundfamilie. In 2018, the University also signed the “Familie in der Hochschule” charter. Read the announcement from Heidelberg University. -> more
Can you save precious time? Yes, sometimes.The Concierge Service of Heidelberg University will show you how. The individual offers of the Concierge-Service help female researchers and visiting scholars better combine work and family responsibilities. -> more
The summary of courses on Gender and Diversity Studies for the summer semester 2019 is online. -> more
LERU has been delving into how implicit bias potentially undermines the academic meritocracy, consulting with Europe’s leading universities that make up its members to find out how they view implicit bias and how they deal with it. -> more
Entering its thirtieth year at Heidelberg University, equal opportunity has had many advocates. Established in November 1987, the office of the Women's Representative, now Equal Opportunity Commissioner, can look back on a varied history. -> more