Extra study room available at faculties and Forum
The UB currently has 210 desks available, but these have been reserved for vulnerable students. The faculty spaces are available to all students and can be reserved through LibCal.
‘We’ve seen that people really need it’, says Manda Broekhuis, vice dean at the Faculty of Economics and Business. This faculty has room for 125 students, and it’s not just FEB students that make use of the space. ‘I was walking the halls and I saw a law student.’
The Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences (BSS) has also reopened so students can come and study. ‘Last week, we had room for approximately fifty students, but we’ve been working on making more space available’, says Mirjam Buigel-De Witte with the faculty board.
Students can reserve a desk for an entire day. ‘We’re looking into possibly changing this to a few time slots a week, just like other faculties are doing.’
At the Faculty of Arts, students can sign up for three time slots a week. ‘We have room for 75 students’, says vide dean Roel Jonkers. ‘They can pick three time slots a week. The time slots run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.’
Adherence to the time slots is monitored. Upon arrival, the students have to present their UG ID and proof of reservation. ‘Obviously, everyone also has to observe the rules; they have to disinfect their hands and stay five feet away from one another’, says Jonkers.
‘It’s great that we can do this again’, says Buigel-De Witte. Even though the desks are all being reserved, she’s noticed that students sometimes don’t show up. ‘That’s a shame. They should really cancel their reservation in time so other students can use the space.’
The Forum at the Nieuwe Markt also opened its doors this Monday and has room for 150 students per time slot, which run from 8.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 1.30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Various parties on the city council felt that reopening the building to young people was taking too long and called on the executive board of the municipality to get a move on last week.