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FGW Blended - faculty in times of corona

What is possible in times of corona at our faculty and what is not? For these questions we offer this platform as a homepage for information for the rest of 2020. We also refer to the university website. 

See also the university updates on corona

This faculty site complements / elaborates on university corona information and updates.


As of 19 July 2021, the advice to work from home will again apply unless you have no other choice.

What does this mean if you work at the university? Research, teaching and business-critical processes have to continue – in our buildings too. Lab or library research, for example, therefore continue to be possible. Our on-campus teaching will also continue within the scope of the existing rules and safety regulations. This also means that business-critical processes will continue in our buildings (e.g. the work of janitors and security staff). 
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We expect that after the summer holidays many members of staff will want to continue working from home for some of the time and to come into work for the rest. What shape this combination of working from home and at the university will take for you depends on .... please continue reading here.

meeting up with your colleagues during opening faculty year - please fill out the form 

This invitation has also been sent by e-mail.
Already 134 colleagues replied they intend to participate. And you?

Dear colleague, 

The summer holidays are approaching, a period of well-deserved rest for everyone. 
This summer we do not have to prepare for complicated or double scenarios: as a university, we have decided, with the knowledge of today, to focus on a 'normal' academic year. Despite the uncertainties, it is a nice prospect: back to the campus without restrictions!  
In the coming days, we still might see each other online, but after the holidays we will hopefully see each other face-to-face again. 

Therefore, I would like to invite you to an open-air reunion at the opening of the faculty year on Wednesday 8 September from 4 PM (16:00) onwards in the Hortus botanicus.  
For organisational reasons, we would like to know now if you will be attending via this form

If there are any restrictions announced during the corona press conference on 13 August, we will come up with an alternative. 

Have a great summer, and see you in September.

On behalf of the Faculty Board, 

Mark Rutgers 

As announced in the University’s corona update on 22 June, preparations are being made, including at the Faculty of Humanities, for full on-campus teaching and working on location. 

Although the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has asked for several different scenarios to be borne in mind, in the interests of the wellbeing of all our staff, the Executive Board has decided for the time being not to ask this of you: ‘please, prepare for full on-campus teaching with no restrictions’. 

Students have been informed that if travel limitations or quarantine obligations prevent them from coming to the campus, teaching will nevertheless be provided. To facilitate this, a handout containing relevant guidelines for alternative (second-best) education will be distributed in mid-August. 

On 13 Augustus, the government will issue a definitive decision on possible measures in Higher Education. If it should become clear on or in the run-up to this date that more substantial modifications are needed for our teaching, we will announce these at that time. 

On Friday 18 June, the government announced that all employees may return to the workplace from 26 June onwards until further notice.  
The university posted a corona update  on 22 June, which requests that we do not all make the return at the same time. 
In order to ensure that the relaxation of the lockdown goes smoothly within the 
Faculty of Humanities, we ask you to take the following guidelines into account: 

  • You may return to your workplace for up to 50% of your regular working hours. 
  • Stickers on doors will indicate the number of workplaces that may be used concurrently in a room; 
  • The return process must be done in consultation with your superior;  
  • Please note that not all facilities, such as webcams and headsets, may be available;
  • Face-to-face meetings are an available option. Procedures for reserving a meeting room remain unchanged.

Past year's agreements and regulations still apply: keep 1.5 meters distance, stay at home if you have corona-related symptoms, wash your hands regularly, cough or sneeze into your elbow.

About education 
Information about the consequences of the easing of corona restrictions on education will follow soon.

Students who want to take a master’s at the Faculty of Humanities starting in September 2021 but who, as a result of the corona crisis have incurred a delay in their studies, may complete their bachelor’s at a later stage. For a large number of programmes it is possible to submit the BA final assignment and, if relevant, the internship report up to 24 September 2021. There are a small number of master’s programme where students can begin their master’s programmes conditionally in September and complete their bachelor’s programme during the 2021-2022 academic year.  

These arrangements apply to BA students at Dutch institutions and to EEA students.  

One year extension 

For six master’s programmes, students can start their studies without having fully completed their bachelor’s programme under the following conditions:

  1. They have obtained 165 out of the 180 credits from the bachelor’s programme by 1 September 2021;
  2. If they have not completed their bachelor’s programme on 31 August 2022, their enrolment in the master’s programme will be terminated;
  3. Once students have entered the master’s programme, they may only start to work on their master’s thesis once the BA final assignment has been completed.

The same arrangement applies for pre-master’s students who still have 15 credits from their pre-master’s programme to complete, with the exception of the BA final assignment; this assignment must be submitted by Friday 24 September 2021 at the latest.

This arrangement applies for the following six non-selective master’s programmes that have just one entry time:  

  • MA African Studies
  • MA Media Studies
  • MA Middle Eastern Studies
  • MA Linguistics
  • MA Russian and Eurasian Studies
  • MA Religious Studies

One month extension

For the remaining 20 master’s and research master’s programmes, students can start the programme without having fully completed their bachelor’s programme under the following conditions:

  1. The BA final assignment and/or internship report must be submitted by Friday 24 September 2021 at the latest.
  2. If the bachelor’s programme has not been completed by 30 September 2021, the student’s enrolment in the master’s programme will be terminated.  

This also applies for pre-master’s students.

This arrangement applies for the following master’s programmes:

  • MA Arts and Culture
  • MA Asian Studies (60 EC en 120 EC)
  • MA Classics and Ancient Civilizations
  • MA History
  • MA International Relations
  • MA Latin American Studies
  • MA Literary Studies
  • MA Neerlandistiek / Dutch Studies
  • MA North America Studies
  • MA Philosophy (60 en 120 EC)
  • ResMA African Studies
  • ResMA Arts, Literature and Media
  • ResMa Asian Studies
  • ResMA Classics and Ancient Civilizations
  • ResMA History
  • ResMA Latin American Studies
  • ResMA Linguistics
  • ResMA Middle Eastern Studies

Applying for these measures

Students who wish to make use of this arrangement must indicate this using the form on the Admissions page of the relevant master’s programme.

Questions and contact

Staff who have questions can contact the Teaching Preparation committee via onderwijsvoorb@hum.leidenuniv.nl. Students can contact their coordinator of studies.

Self-tests are available for staff and students at Leiden University via zelftestonderwijs.nl (soon available in English). These tests are being made available by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. We urge our students and staff to make use of these tests when they come to the university;  this will improve safety at the university, not only for yourself but also for your fellow students and colleagues. There are enough tests available so you can in principle take a self-test every time you come to the university. It is the responsibility of students and staff to take self-tests; they are not compulsory. You can find information on how the self-tests work on zelftestonderwijs.nl

When you come to the university, always make sure you first do the corona check. When you are in the buildings, keep to the campus protocol and follow the signs and instructions of our UFB colleagues.  

Please note that the same rules apply to people who have yet been vaccinated. If this will change in the near future, we will let you know through our updates.

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