No second evening lecture for the time being

| Stan Waning

For the time being, there will be no second evening lecture in the week. This was announced this morning in the University Council. The percentage of evening activities will be reduced for the coming calendar year, due to the corona situation.

The Executive Board wanted to make room for small-scale physical exams last December. For that reason, a possibility for a second evening lecture was put on the table. The University Council agreed to this proposal, on the condition that the number of evening classes would be limited to a minimum.

More than two months later, the same council concluded that, under the present circumstances, there is no need for a second evening lecture. In the first trimester of this calendar year, 6.4 percent of the total number of lectures are scheduled in the evening. In the second trimester, this percentage decreases to 4.4 percent. In the last trimester, only 3.6 percent of the total number of evening classes are scheduled. According to the University Council, these numbers make it clear that there is no motivation whatsoever to fill a second evening in the week with lectures.

The main reason for the request for a second evening lecture was the group size during physical exams. This caused questions among staff and students this autumn. Is it safe to take an exam with more than a hundred students in one room? In response to these concerns, the UT wanted to reduce the group size. To free up capacity for this, a second evening lecture during the week was an option. Now that it appears that fewer and fewer activities will take place after 6 p.m. this calendar year, a second evening no longer adds anything.