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Update 22 April 2021: Restarting activities on campus

22 April 2021

On Tuesday 20 April it was announced that from 26 April we can provide in-person teaching activities on location and so we will be able to meet each other once again. A wonderful announcement that we have been looking forward to for a long time. 

The most important points for the faculty concerning the period up to the summer are provided below. Note that the most recent guidelines from the government and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) remain applicable to all these points. Most important of all, of course, remains the health and welfare of all. 

Teaching

  • The teaching scheduled for block 4 stays as planned. Each degree programme will consider extra opportunities to meet students on location, for instance at the Kamerlingh Onnes Building, Old Observatory or Wijnhaven. Lecturers can book a room via the Service Desk for extracurricular activities. 
  • Practica like Moot Court, debates, tutor meetings and Q&A sessions remain face-to-face on location.
  • Lectures will put the most up-to-date information for students on Brightspace in good time.
  • Examinations in teaching block 4 remain online. 
  • Study associations will contact the degree programmes to also help organise extracurricular teaching activities. After contacting the assessor, they will in principle receive permission for teaching-related extracurricular activities. 
  • Study spaces throughout the whole University are available for our students and booking a space is still done via the online reservation system (Share Desk). Since the curfew is to be lifted, the hours for studying at University locations will be extended from 28 April. 
  • From May onwards, in-person graduation ceremonies can be held to a limited extent. All students who are due to graduate will receive information from the OIC (Education Information Centre).
  • Free home-testing kits will be available for students and staff from the beginning of May. These can be ordered from the following website: zelftestonderwijs.nl (in Dutch). The site also provides information on using the tests. Self-testing will be the responsibility of the students and staff, and will not be mandatory. Self-test kits will not be provided by the University.

Research

  • Study spaces are available for PhD students in the library. You can book a space using the online reservation system.
  • PhD students may ask their manager to allow them to come and work on location together with another PhD student. Your manager can apply for access.
  • PhD ceremonies, inaugural lectures and farewell lectures will be held online until further notice.

Work

  • Names of lecturers who are scheduled to teach will be included on the list of staff who have access to buildings on the day in question.
  • In all other cases, we remain working from home.
  • Applications to be allowed to work at the faculty must be done via your manager who can apply for access
  • Plan as few meetings as possible in the period 24–28 May 2021, when the faculty intends to have a week free of meetings. 
  • Always do the corona check before coming to our buildings.
  • Stick to the Campus Protocol and follow all instructions when in the buildings. 
  • If you have any concerns, please contact your manager.
  • If you have any questions about the measures, visit the website for the latest updates. 

We are looking forward to meeting you all again. The first step is being allowed to provide in-person teaching activities for our students on campus. Step by step, we can then move closer to reopening the whole faculty for everyone. 

Plans for the new academic year are currently being made together with students and staff. As soon as we have more information about this we will of course inform you. 
 

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