Students are keen to see more benches and other seating on the campus. This has been shown by a survey by WURpp, Wageningen University’s own app.
WURpp enables students to win prizes by completing assignments. For each assignment they get points. The app was launched last year and has turned out to be a great success: it now has over 1000 active users. The university uses the app to gauge student opinion on all sorts of campus topics, says Arda Beckers, WURpp coordinator. ‘We fi nd the students’ feedback really important. The input we receive is shared with the right departments.’ Thanks to WURpp, for example, the range of goods on sale in the university’s webshop has recently been expanded.
As far as the benches are concerned, students will soon be getting exactly what they want. After the summer, the field of grass in front of Forum will become a market field, with long benches, reveals Elike Wijnheimer. She is the coordinator of outdoor space on the campus. The placing of the benches is not a direct consequence of the WURpp survey, but is part of a longer running project to make the campus more attractive and inviting. ‘It’s nice that this survey confirms that students really want this.’
As well as being somewhere students can relax, the market field will be a place for business owners. There will be space for stands and stalls, says Wijnheimer, ice cream vans and pizza sellers.