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The YoungRUG Home Games July 2020

The YoungRUG Home Games - July 2020


Are you in for some challenges with your UG colleagues? Are you (a little) competitive or do you just want some fun from the safety of your home? Then, sign up for YoungRUG's upcoming event! We admit, no one will feel very special for staying home this summer, but if you are ready for some action (from home), this is even more reason to attend this event! Find up to three colleagues to be part of your dream team and sign up for this event (individual sign up is also possible)!


During the week of 6-10 July, you can take part in the YoungRUG Home Games, together with your team of UG colleagues.

What to expect?

Every day you will get another challenge, which only takes up to 15-30 minutes of your time (or longer depending on your creativity...). Shortly after working hours on Monday 6 July, we will have a plenary opening and we will start the week with challenge number 1. In total, you will get five challenges during the week. Credits are awarded to every team for each completed challenge. It is good to keep in mind; credits are highly rewarded for your creativity! After each challenge, you will be updated via social media about the score between the teams. Friday afternoon, 10 July, after the last challenge, we will have online drinks (bring your own beer) with all the competing teams and the announcement of the winning team!

What is in it for you?

Do not underestimate the prize; this is a real trophy to brighten up your home office and a useful accessory for current times!

How to sign up?

Sign up by using the link below before 30 June and save time during the week of 6-10 July. All UG employees are very welcome to attend! In the online form, it is possible to sign up with team members. Didn't find your dream team yet? Sign up individually and we will make sure you are placed in a fantastic team!

Further instructions will follow after registration, one week before the start of the event!

Online Event "Leiderschap in crisistijd" July 2020

Online event: "Leiderschap in crisistijd" July 2020

Online event: "Leiderschap in crisistijd"

(The spoken language of this event is Dutch)

Even in times of crisis we continue with events. This time YoungRUG and Younglink organize an online event together on Thursday July 2nd. The topic of this event is: 'Leiderschap in crisistijd'. We ask Janka Stoker, Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change, which leadership styles work best and why, but also what we as young professionals can improve in our work in these times. In addition, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and we have a little suprise for you...!

Did you miss this event the event or do you want to see the recording of the event, check the following page!

Mentorprogramme May 2020

Mentor programme May 2020


Unfortunately, the registration for our mentor programme 2020 is now closed.

Do you wish to learn from the experience of others on topics such as life-work balance, career path or stress management (...and many more)?

Mentor programme

Last year, the University of Groningen (UG) mentor programme for support staff was set up by YoungRUG in cooperation with HR. The first pilot-year proved to be very successful! Mentor-mentee couples followed an inspirational journey of professional development. Read more about it in this article (in Dutch). A mentor (senior colleague, can be in every sense of the name) provides advice based on his or her own personal experience and expertise. As a junior colleague (when you are relatively new to the job market or new to the UG), you can learn a lot from a mentor and get inspired for your career!

Online events

To find the perfect match for you, you will arrange professional speeddate sessions online, where you can get to know several mentors. In addition, we will organize an information event (also online), where you will receive more information about the programme and expectations. If you wish to become a mentee, you have to be available for both the information event on 12 May from 16.00 until 17.00 hrs and for three online meetings of 10-15 minutes with potential mentors in the week of 18 May. We hope to continue the mentor programme with physical meetings when the situation allows us to.

* Information event

12 May, we want to inform you further about what to expect from the mentor programme! You will meet fellow (junior) colleagues, get tips & tricks from HR and will view an enthusiastic presentation from mentor-mentee couple Niels Rambags and Wietske Degen, who participated in the mentor programme last year! The information event will be held from 16.00 until 17.00 hrs. A link to the online meeting will follow after you signed up for the event.

* Speeddate sessions

Based on the information you provide in the questionnaire when signing up, we will make three potential mentor-mentee matches.. We will inform you about your potential mentors in due time, so that you can set up online meetings (around 10-15 minutes each) with these mentors in the week of 18 May. At the end of that week, we ask you to indicate a top-3 and we will inform you about your perfect match the week after! After the most successful match is made, you and your mentor make appointments to meet each other yourselves.

Did you get enthusiastic about the mentor programme? And are you available for the information event on 12 May, the speeddate sessions in the week of 18 May and until December for about five coaching sessions with a mentor? The first step is to sign up here before 5 May !

Please note that there is a limited number of mentors and application is on a first-come-first-serve basis. Sign up soon, if you don’t want to miss this great opportunity to get advice from a mentor!

Finally, because YoungRUG and HR work very hard to ensure a good match between mentors and mentees, be aware that once you sign up for this mentor programme you can no longer cancel your attendance (unless with a very good reason, of course). We will close the sign-up form once the maximum number of mentees has been reached. You can sign up for a waiting list by sending an email to .

We are looking forward to the second cycle of this mentor programme and hope to meet you on 12 May!

--> While you can still sign up as mentee before 5 May, it is no longer possible to sign up as a mentor. For information for mentors, please see below.


Next event in April/May 2021

Becoming a mentor

Would you like to share the knowledge and experience that you’ve gained over the years with others? Would you like to get to know your colleagues better and offer them guidance? Then mentorship could be for you! As a mentor, you discuss the challenges that your mentee is facing in their career and you offer advice on the basis of personal experiences. Mentors are always colleagues from a different department than that to which their mentees belong and are one step ahead of their mentees in their career paths.

In 2019, YoungRUG and the HR department began a pilot programme in mentoring for support staff. This was a huge success and this year, we are starting a new round. To this end, we are looking for new mentors.

We expect the following from you as a mentor:

* At least five years’ worth of working experience within the UG

* A desire to share your own experiences and insights with others

* Availability during the workshop for mentors (digitally, in the afternoon on 31 March or 9 April) and during the speed-dating week for three 10-minute-video meetings from 18-22 May

* Time for around five meetings with your mentee over the course of half a year

* That, together with your mentee, you will take care of the content of your meetings depending on your own needs

We are offering mentors the following:

* A workshop on 31 March or 9 April in the afternoon, in which you become acquainted with what the role of a mentor comprises

* A speed-dating week from 18-22 May, during which you talk to three potential mentees via video conferencing, for 10 minutes each

* Finally, one mentee who you will guide from June to December 2020

More information?

If you wish to show your interest in becoming a mentor or mentee in the next round of the mentor programme - that will start around April/May 2021 -please send an email to Jildou Spoelstra:

Corona Compliments May 2020

Corona Compliments May 2020

YoungRUG also tries to find its place in these strange and challenging times. Due to the Corona crisis, we have to organize our work differently, work from home and meet our colleagues mainly via Google hangout. Our work happiness has never been more important! Unfortunately, loneliness and despondency are lurking. YoungRUG believes that an extra boost to cheer you up may help to restore the balance in your life.

Therefore, we give you Corona Compliments!

Inspired by the annual YoungRUG Compliment Day, YoungRUG has devised a spontaneous and heartwarming event for some well-deserved positivity. You have the opportunity to send a digital compliment or heartfelt message to one or more colleagues. The event is completely corona-proof, without any physical compliment cards, but with the same feeling of surprise!

You have until 27 May, 23:59 hrs, to send in your Corona Compliment. YoungRUG will make sure it will be sent to your colleague(s).

Last but not least, a shout out to all of you: you are amazing! Together we are strong!

Quarterly drinks March 2020

Quarterly drinks March 2020

Every three months, YoungRUG hosts a social: the quarterly drinks! The drinks take place on Thursdays. You have the opportunity to get to know YoungRUG and what we have to offer, in an informal setting. Registration is never needed for quarterly drinks, just drop by!

On 5 March, the second edition of the quarterly drinks was organized at café Wolthoorn & Co. Many colleagues joined and the first drink was on YoungRUG!

Compliment Day March 2020

Compliment Day March 2020

YoungRUG believes appreciation is essential on the work floor and it is also highly responsible for our happiness at work. Therefore, we celebrated YoungRUG Compliment Day on 2 March 2020!

You could send in your unique compliment beforehand and on this Compliment Day, YoungRUG made sure that the compliment was delivered, including a little present, to your colleague(s). Free of charge! How perfect is that?!

New Year's Event

Monday 20 January 2020

YoungRUG organized an empowering New Year's Event to survive Blue Monday!

We started the afternoon with an interactive lecture by Dr Marieke van Vugt, where a scientific and practical perspective on mindfulness was discussed. After the lecture, together we toasted to the New Year with drinks! The event was held in Land van Kokanje.

Quarterly Drinks!

Thursday 12 December 2019

Every three months, YoungRUG hosts a social: the quarterly drinks! The drinks take place on Thursdays. You have the opportunity to get to know YoungRUG and what we have to offer, in an informal setting. Registration is never needed for quarterly drinks, just drop by!

On 12 December, the first edition of the Quarterly Drinks was organized at café de Bres! De Bres was the perfect location for the drinks, as it is located right in between Zernike and the city centre! We were happy that there was quite a good turnout for this first edition of the Quarterly Drinks!

YoungRUG on Tour goes to... the UB!

Tuesday 19 November 2019

We organized our first "YoungRUG on tour"! This type of event is planned to take place once per six months, each time at a different location of the University. At the event, we provide an exclusive look behind the scenes at an interesting but slightly mysterious UG department or building.

On 19 November, YoungRUG visited the University Library, the 'UB'! We had a tour around the building, including the large stock room in the basement - that holds 90% of the UB books - and the Special Collections department where the UB stores its most ancient treasures.

The afternoon concluded with drinks and snacks. All activities were offered to us by the UB.

Pizza & Game Night!

Wednesday 16 October 2019

After last year’s successful Game Night, YoungRUG organized YoungRUG Game Night 2.0! Before we started to play games, we had pizza together, for those who wanted to join.

After the pizza, we played different types of board games. Many games could be played in a (international) group setting. At the end of the evening, we awarded the winner with the ultimate YoungRUG gift!

We want to thank the participants who were willing to bring a board game themselves! And of course, the game night was a lot of fun!

Welcome Back! Activity and BBQ

Thursday 19 September 2019

We welcomed everyone back from their holidays and celebrated the start of the new academic year. We did this by completing a survival track At Hommes Survival & Outdoor Survivalbaan Zernike in the afternoon. In the evening, we organized a BBQ at the Zernike Campus.

YoungRUG Speed date and Meet-your-mentor event

Tuesday 28 May 2019

On 28 May we organized a ‘speed date’ and meet-your-mentor event! The aim of the day was to get to know fellow YoungRUG colleagues from different departments and faculties and/or to find a mentor. This was done through short (15 min.) speed-date conversations.

This event part of the mentor programme set up by YoungRUG in cooperation with HR. In this programme, a mentor (senior UG colleague) provides advice based on his or her own experience. During the event, our young professionals had the opportunity to meet potential mentors and after the event we informed everyone about their 'perfect match'.

YoungRUG volunteer project

February - July 2019

Members of YoungRUG worked on a project with the children of primary school De Heerdstee via Stichting Move. The foundation lets children discover which possibilities they have in their own society. In a short-term project the members of YoungRUG and the children did get to know each other's worlds.
In the beginning of May, the children were introduced to the YoungRUG memebrs for the first time. YoungRUG had prepared a class full of games to get to know each other better. Aftewards, they brainstormed about the theme 'art and culture'. The children were very enthusiastic and had many different ideas. Want to know more about these ideas, you can read about them here.

Career & Development Event

Monday 25 March 2019

YoungRUG hosted the third edition of the successful Career & Development event! This year YoungRUG offered a programme focused on leadership and the thirty-something dilemma.

YoungRUG Compliment Day

Thursday 28 February 2019

The most positive day at the University of Groningen: YoungRUG Compliment Day! YoungRUG believes appreciation is important and also highly responsible for our happiness at work. So... at YoungRUG Compliment Day a compliment team delivered hundreds of compliments at the University!

New Year's Drinks

Monday 21 January 2019

On the most depressing day of the year we learned about happiness. Colleague Bertus Jeronimus researches well-being and happiness and how it links to affect/emotion and the enviroment in which one lives and works. During this evening Jeronimus shared details of his research and some tips and tricks for a happy 2019.
It was a great start of the new year with live Traditional Irish Music!

College Tour Jouke de Vries

Wednesday 28 November 2018

We had a very interesting interview and had a good change in getting to know our very own, brand new, president of the University of Groningen Prof. Dr. Jouke de Vries. This event was at one of the city's most spectacular hotspots; DOT Groningen!

Earlier events

For events that took place before the academic year 2018-2019, please refer to our Past events.

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