In case you are absent due to illness, please take care of the procedure for calling in sick.
In cases you need medical or psychological help or if you are sick for an extended period of time you will be invited to see the company doctor. The doctor is there to advise you about your illness and steps towards resuming work or suggest and sometimes arrange subsequent specialists for you. Your supervisor and institute manager will get a report in which only your capability to work or estimated time for reintegration are recorded. The nature of the sickness is confidential and is not included in the report.
The company doctor can also be contacted when you are not sick yet but feel that you struggle with physical of psychological issues hampering your work. You can contact Marcel or Steffanie to refer you. Contact details : Dr. Namdran, tel.: 020-525 6210, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
PhD candidates can also use the services of the Student Psychologists Office, where PhD candidates can receive short-term help in case of psychological problems that influence your PhD research or your personal life. Contact details are 020 525 2599, or internal no. 2599, room no. REC - E10.04.
Each UvA employee has 232 holiday leave hours/ 30 days per year (adjusted pro rata according to your contractual hours). The UvA takes a Christmas recess, for which 16 hours of leave are deducted. Employees are responsible for taking leave. Given the personal interest of candidates to bring their project to a successful promotion, HIMS expects them to invest time in their own training / PhD program in case they apparently do not manage to do so in the regular working time.Only in case the supervisor forbids personnel to take vacation (for example, certain experiments can only be performed at that moment) the director may decide to reimburse unused leave at the end of the contract. Unused holidays are automatically taken over for the next year.
You can request holidays via the self-service tool, after which your supervisor has to approve them.
Bursaries have the same amount of holiday rights, and can mail or talk to their supervisor about taking them, as they are not able to access the self-service tool.
Assuming your project budget has sufficient funds it should allow you to travel, attend conferences, buy books needed for your research, etc. There are several possibilities to get HIMS to pay for these:
Buying a bike
In the case you want to buy a bike, you could get a tax advantage on it. To do so, a few possibilities are available in the ‘term of employment menu’ in the self-service tool. When you'd like to make use of this, the following should be taken into account:
Health insurance discounts
You must take out a Dutch public healthcare insurance (called 'zorgverzekering' in Dutch) for yourself and your partner and children. This insurance provides coverage for basic medical care, such as a visit to the GP, most hospital treatments and other necessary medical treatment.
You are obliged to take out a basic health insurance (basisverzekering), and can also opt to take out additional cover (aanvullende verzekering). All insurance schemes with the UvA offer a discount on the basic insurance and additional insurance.
The UvA provides several collective health insurance packages, through insurance companies Zilveren Kruis and Zorg en Zekerheid. All insurance schemes offer a 5% group discount on the premium of the basic insurance and 15% on additional insurance.
If you are employed by the UvA, you receive an ICT allowance of €125 every calendar year. If you work part time or are employed for less than a year you are also entitled to this amount. You can use your ICT allowance to buy software and hardware for home use. To build up your ICT allowance, log in at least once a year at the following link. You can accumulate the allowance over several years.
Books, gym and travel discounts keep changing every year, so its best to look at the website for all active links and discounts.