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All lectures to start at the same time

Leiden University will introduce a new daily schedule from September 2019, with the same schedule for all programmes. This will make it easier to follow courses at different faculties. The Faculty of Science will use the new teaching hours in the afternoon only. The LUMC will start using the new teaching hours from September 2020.

New daily schedule

With the new daily schedule, the times that appear in University timetables will be the actual starting and finishing times of lectures. The former practice in Leiden of starting lectures 15 minutes after the official starting time (the Leids Kwartiertje) has thus been incorporated in the timetable. Vice-Rector Magnificus Hester Bijl is pleased with the new schedule: ‘Its strength lies in its simplicity: students and lecturers will no longer have to look up a specific schedule. A common schedule will also make it easier to share rooms and follow programmes at other faculties.’

Advantages of common schedule

Larissa Baas is following two programmes – Law and Public Administration – which can make the current schedule difficult to navigate. ‘Certain lectures and tutorials overlap, and I can never have two consecutive lectures because one of my programmes is in The Hague and the other in Leiden. It’s just not possible to travel that distance in the time given. With the new schedule, my lectures will no longer overlap, which will make it much easier for me to plan my day.’

From the student perspective

The new daily schedule was developed at the request of the Executive Board as part of the Harmonisation of Educational Logistics programme. In this programme, the University is working on various initiatives to improve the logistics of its educational processes and information provision. During the daily schedule project, various proposals were developed in greater detail and evaluated by students and staff. Student member of the Board of the Faculty of Humanities, Olivier Fajgenblat, is a member of the steering committee of the programme. ‘The strength of the project is that it began with lots of discussion sessions with students,’ he explains. ‘What emerged from these served as a basis for the rest of the project. Rather than being a cliché, from the student perspective forms the very backbone of the work.’

A common University schedule will help resolve other logistical problems in our education. This is the focus of the Harmonisation of Educational logistics programme. For more information see the staff site. For any questions about the above, please contact the programme team at harmonisatieprogramma@leidenuniv.nl.

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