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FAMILY FRIENDLINESS AT THE TU

Best Practice Examples at the TU Dortmund University

The TU is a member of the windo e.V. network, the working group of Dortmund's scientific institutions. The chair of windo e.V. is currently held by the former rector of the TU, Prof.in Dr. Ursula Gather. Since 2009, a working group of windo members has been active in making the family-friendly science location Dortmund more visible. Since November 2009, an information folder and a website (also in English) have bundled central questions on the compatibility of family and career for employees and students of scientific institutions and companies.

TU Dortmund University is co-founder of the Dual Career Network NRW, in which 11 colleges and universities have joined forces for an exchange of information and mutual support. This network will cooperate in advising on specific dual-career inquiries. At TU Dortmund University, the Office of Appointment Management offers advice on dual-career issues and is supported by the Office of Equal Opportunity, Family and Diversity in questions of compatibility.

The TU Dortmund does not operate its own daycare center, but there are numerous childcare options near campus. Childcare during extra-regular events, guest lectures, conferences and symposia is offered by the childcare center of the Mütterzentrum Dortmund e.V. The contact is arranged by the Office of Equal Opportunity, Family and Diversity. The service can be financed from the equal opportunity funds of the faculties.

On the initiative of the Transregio10 Collaborative Research Center, a parent-child office was set up at the Institute of Forming Technology and Lightweight Construction in 2011. The facility is financed from equal opportunity funds of the Collaborative Research Center, which is funded by the German Research Foundation. The parent-child office enables the employees of the Collaborative Research Center alone to compensate for short-term bottlenecks in childcare by being able to bring their children to work.

Laptop, Kaffeetasse, Stift, Schnuller, Beißring und Slogan "Familie, Leben, Arbeit, Balance" © pixabay
Korb mit Bechern voller Buntstifte © Archiv​/​TU Dortmund
close-up of a child's hand holding colorful building bricks © Pixabay

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Cam­pus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Cam­pus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Cam­pus to South Cam­pus by car, there is the connection via Vo­gel­pothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Cam­pus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

 

TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bo­chum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duis­burg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

 

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

 

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity. There are two stations on North Cam­pus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Cam­pus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Cam­pus and offers a direct connection to South Cam­pus every five minutes.

 

The facilities of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity are spread over two campuses, the larger Cam­pus North and the smaller Cam­pus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

Site Map of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity (Second Page in English).