WUR renounces lectures that last until late at night. Instead, the Executive Board wants to introduce an adapted schedule: an earlier start, shorter lectures and lectures until seven o’clock in the evening. This was revealed in a letter from the Executive Board to the Student Council and Student Staff Council.
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The proposed decision of the Executive Board comes after an evaluation report was published earlier this month. The primary conclusion of this report was that most students and lecturers were negative about the evening classes.
Students and lecturers indicated that the evening classes caused additional stress. The changed hours also obstructed their other activities. Students were unable to practice sports, study or relax. Lecturers were in a fix with practicing team sports, their families and regular fixed appointments.
Besides the lack of support, the evening classes did not offer enough to compensate the lack of education rooms, per the Executive Board. That is why they are pleading for an adapted day schedule, which would mean that the start of lectures would shift from 8:30 to 8:20 in the morning, lectures would be shortened from 45 to 40 minutes each and that the last lectures would end at 19:00 (except on Fridays). This would make time available for two additional lecture hours in the morning and afternoon, which should compensate in part for the capacity issues.
The Executive Board will appoint a work group to work on a flexible education building, mainly for practical courses. In the short term, the Executive Board will make education rooms available at Dreijen, and possibly in Atlas as well.
The proposal by the Executive Board is currently on the table at the Student Council and Student Staff Council. Both have the right of approval.