Centre for Equal Opportunities and Families
We are committed to working together to achieve equal opportunities for all genders at the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt. We are dedicated to promoting respectful and fair communication on campus and we strive to support students in balancing their studies, careers and family life. The Centre for Equal Opportunities and the Families is the main point of contact for all matters relating to equality for all members of the university.
On our homepage you will find information about who to contact, what advice and services are available, and what funding you can access to help you with your studies and your career.
Flexibility for work and study
The Centre for Equal Opportunities and Families can help you plan your studies and career development to accommodate your individual family commitments. Whether in pregnancy, during and after parental leave or if you are caring for relatives - you can rely on us to help and support you. We can provide you with basic information, support you in coping with obstacles in your studies and everyday working life and, if necessary, put you in touch with other advisory and counselling services both on and off campus.
Our main counselling focus:
- Starting a family and becoming parents while studying
Advice on pregnancy, maternity protection and parental leave during your studies
- Balancing your studies and a family
Helping students who have children to overcome challenges and obstacles in their everyday student life
- Studying and children - (how) can it work?
Advice for prospective and first-semester students with children
- Carers' guidance
Advice for staff and students who provide care for relatives
Do you have your child with you on campus? Not a problem! In recent years, we have started to make the campus family-friendly and develop needs-based offers to support students juggling their studies with work and family life. As part of the audit "familiengerechte hochschule" (family-friendly university), we are working on constantly expanding and improving our services.
Together with Thuringian Student Services, we offer hourly childcare at the Altonaer Straße campus for children aged twelve weeks and over. Childcare is provided by a qualified childminder and student assistants with experience in looking after children. You can find more information about childcare and how to register on the Student Services website or at the infopunkt next to the cafeteria.
On the Altonaer Straße campus, there is a family room opposite the university library that provides a comfortable space for you to rest, nurse and change your child. You can pick up the key in the university library or at the main gate. More changing facilities are available on the first floor of Buildings 3 and 5 and on the ground floor of Buildings 7 and 8.
Our KidsBox is a flexible solution for parents who have to bring their child to work or university for a certain period of time, for example if they are having a temporary problem with childcare. The KidsBox is equipped for babies and children up to primary school age and contains a travel cot, a mat for crawling and playing, and a range of colouring materials and toys. The KidsBox can be borrowed from the Centre for Equal Opportunities and Families and can also be ordered for events at the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt.
In the basement of the university library there is a play corner with children's books and a workspace for parents.
With the Student Services children's ID card, students who are parents can receive a free child's portion for children up to the age of six in addition to their own meal in the refectory. The children's ID card can be obtained at the infopunkt near the cafeteria. The refectory is also equipped with highchairs for your children.
The university sports club USV Erfurt e.V. offers sports courses for children of various age groups and their parents. For more information on on what is currently on offer and how to register, please visit the USV Erfurt website.
Family-friendly university audit
In order to continuously develop and enhance our services for families, the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt began using the "audit familiengerechte hochschule" (family-friendly university audit) scheme run by berufundfamilie Service GmbH in 2008. Since 2017, the university has held a permanent certificate. This is accompanied by a consultation process every three years, most recently in the summer semester of 2020 on the key topic "family-friendly university during coronavirus".
Mo-Fr 10:00-16:30 Uhr
Equal Opportunities Officer
The Equal Opportunities Officer assists the university in improving equal opportunities across all genders and, in particular, works to increase the proportion of women in academia. They also raise awareness on the issues of equality, discrimination and gender.
Their core tasks include supervising staffing and appointment procedures, gender equality policy engagement in university committees, and the regional and nationwide networking of gender equality work. They offer confidential counselling for employees, students and applicants.
Equal Opportunities Board
The Equal Opportunities Board is an advisory committee which assists the Equal Opportunities Officer in the fulfilment of their tasks. It is primarily involved in initiating projects and activities that contribute to raising awareness of gender issues in studying, teaching, research and administration.
Chair: Prof.in Dr. Maike Langenhan-Komus (Equal Opportunities Officer)
Franziska Nicolaus, Centre for Quality Assurance and Development
Manuela Görgner, Centre for Research and Transfer
Mirjam Tetzel, University Communications
Prof.in Dr. Fiona Schönfeld, Faculty of Landscape Architecture, Horticulture and Forestry
Constanze Baumgarten, Faculty of Landscape Architecture, Horticulture and Forestry
Chiara Weissenhorn, Faculty of Applied Social Sciences
Michelle Halder, Faculty of Applied Social Sciences
NN, Student Coordinator
Faculty Equal Opportunities Officers
Faculty Equal Opportunities Officers counsel and support the Equal Opportunities Officer and represent them in faculty matters.
Rowena Morse mentoring program for young female academics
The Thuringian universities' Rowena Morse Mentoring Program (RMMP) is designed to support young female academics and artists between their doctoral and post-doctoral phases.
The program is run by the Thuringian Competence Network for Gender Equality (TKG) and provides interdisciplinary support for female academics in the final phase of their doctorate and post-doctoral students in planning their individual career paths. In the course of the twelve-month program, participants are matched with a mentor and can attend special workshops to develop additional skills. Through peer mentoring, the mentees can establish networks with female academics from other Thuringian universities, and in the process, they benefit from group mentoring by experienced female professors at Thuringian universities.
You can find more information on the website of the Thuringian Competence Network for Gender Equality.
Diversity Meets Academia - Prizes for Final Theses
The Thuringian Competence Network for Gender Equality awards prizes for theses on gender or diversity issues written by students and doctoral candidates of all disciplines at Thuringian universities. The award and the accompanying prize money of 2,000 euros are intended to contribute to making the variety of topics in the field of gender and diversity research at Thuringian universities visible and to promote young academics.
All Bachelor's, Master's, diploma and doctoral theses on topics with a gender or diversity focus that have been submitted within the last two years are eligible for submission.