Family-friendly University of Stuttgart
The University of Stuttgart has been recognized several times over the years for being family-friendly. It is dedicated to the continued development of a support offerings it currently provides for employees and students by way of family-friendly work and study environments. It is not only members of the University with family obligations who benefit from a university that is organized as family-friendly: we also win by attracting and retaining highly qualified employees, using our human resources more effectively, and reducing family-conditioned interruptions to studies.
All University of Stuttgart members have a responsibility for implementing these goals and standards, but this applies especially to management. Our university leadership lends its active support to making career and studies compatible with family life.
As family, the University of Stuttgart understands all life partnerships which take on long-term social responsibility, including parents and children, life partners, siblings, grandparents, as well as relatives needing care.
Information for employees and students
Under the Career & Family (only available in German) tab on the University of Stuttgart’s website, employees with children or relatives requiring care can find information on the following topics:
- Paid maternity leave
- Parental leave
- Caregiving leave
- Flextime options
- Financial help
- Infrastructure and interchange
- External counseling resources events
The University of Stuttgart has bought up slots for full-time childcare for employees‘ young children in cooperating daycare centers near both campuses. These are reserved for children between the ages of two months to three years and are available regardless of where the employee resides. In addition, the University of Stuttgart belongs to Kind e.V. Stuttgart, so that employees with children up to the age of 14 also have access to daycare facilities near the Vaihingen campus that are operated by Kinder in Stuttgart gGmbH.
Student Services Stuttgart and Stups e.V. provide full-time daycare slots in centers they own in Stuttgart, Esslingen and Ludwigsburg with preference given to students‘ children 6 months to 3 years old and from 3 years to 6 years old.
The University of Stuttgart plans to operate its own day nursery for children of employees and students on the Vaihingen campus. Based on a MINT concept, it will make available both day nursery and kindergarten slots.
In emergencies, the Uni & Family service is available to employees und students of the University of Stuttgart. It offers care for children up to twelve years of age in daycare centers close to the downtown campus. The facilities are open Monday through Friday from 08:00 to 18:00; in exceptional cases, they will also operate around the clock (24 hour child hotel).
To keep their children aged six to twelve years (siblings from four years) creatively occupied with exciting content even during school breaks, the Uni & Family Service organizes research vacation day camps near the Vaihingen campus for employees and students of the University of Stuttgart, in collaboration with Konzept-e GmbH, the five Stuttgart Fraunhofer Institutes and Media University. Day camps lasting one week each are scheduled for the Easter, Whitsun, and Fall breaks, and one lasting three-weeks takes place in the summer.
In addition, we held a one-week university sports camp for employee and student children and youth aged ten to 15 years as a pilot project that is planned to repeat in the summer of 2017.
In addition to the above-described services exclusively for employees or students of the University of Stuttgart, other city, church, and private operators of nursery facilities in and around Stuttgart as well as full-time child daycare options are available. Similarly, outside emergency and vacation child care can be used instead of the University’s service offerings.
Infrastructure and service offerings
We believe that a family-friendly infrastructure at both our university locations matters: therefore, we set up functional breastfeeding and diapering facilities in key locations and plan to make them standard in new and remodeled buildings.
Parent-child areas are being developed in two multifunction rooms in the House of Students and ARENA2036 on the Vaihingen Campus and in work rooms in the two University Library locations. In addition, Stuttgart Student Services makes family apartments available to students with children.
The Uni & Family Service in the Gender Equality Office is the go-to resource for all staff members and students with questions on balancing career, studies, and family at the University of Stuttgart. The manager coordinates already existing compatibility measures and develops additional ones, and she advises and support the intra-University networks. In addition, she has project responsibility for the “audit family-friendly university” and represents University management in regional and superregional networks, especially in the Best Practice Club “Family in the University.”
Interchanges between members of the University community are encouraged at the University of Stuttgart. There are currently four variously active FamilyNETWORKS whose members mostly meet over lunch to swap information and views:
- Research & Family
- Management & Family
- Studies & Family
- Uni & Caregiving
The University of Stuttgart every semester offers its employees a rich continuing education program. Under the topic heading “audit Family-friendly University” specifically you will find seminars that support employees in reconciling career and family, with special emphasis on caregiving.
Issues of concern to dual career couples occupies a special place in negotiating appointments to the University of Stuttgart. Highly qualified academics and their equally ambitious partners are offered support for their careers with individualized services under the Dual Career Program. The Dual Career team is part of the Staff Development section in the Personnel Division.
Hohenheim-Stuttgart Kids University
The Kids University is offered by the University to children between the ages of eight and twelve. Every semester, professors explain complex sets of facts relating to topics in their research fields in terms children can understand.
Pupil Campus on Science Day
Once a year, the University of Stuttgart opens its laboratories for Science Day to let visitors explore the world of science and its insights. The day includes a Pupil Campus, a program of exploration geared to children and youth when not just observing and listening but doing hands-on experiments frequently is the order of the day.
Mensa: Kids eat free
Students‘ children up to the age of ten can partake of meals free of charge in Stuttgart Student Services cafeterias.
Since 2012, the University of Stuttgart has been certified a “Family-friendly University,” most recently for the year 2015. It is a member of the “Success Factor Family” enterprise network and the “Family in the University” Best Practice Club and is a signatory to the “Family in the University” charter.
In the Stuttgart region, we live up to our responsibility through membership in the “Child-friendly Stuttgart e.V.” and “Child e.V. Stuttgart.” We work closely with other universities of the region on compatibility issues and realize joint projects with them.