Councillors Faculty of Science

These are our councillors for the Faculty of Science!

  1. David Kleingeld
  2. Nino Lobregt
  3. Lieuwe Middelbrink
  4. Joris Hummel

Views

More room for personal development

  • Higher quality of the courses that focus on communication skills
  • Recording the lectures
  • The study and computer rooms accessible also in the evenings

The quality of the courses concerning communicative skills, should be elevated without an increase in the burden of the course. At the moment, students of our faculty are following the course OBAS. Although this course touches upon important subjects, the time which is set for the course is absolutely unnecessary since the actual knowledge which is discussed, could be covered in a much shorter amount of time. We find communicative skills important, this is only covered in a small part of this course. We do not want to discard such courses, but we want to improve them. We would like to accomplish this by getting in contact with the tutors and the board of examination who want to keep the quality of the education at a high level. After all, it is a waste to follow less useful courses when they could be of a much better quality.

Concerning the lectures, we find it a shame that all lecture rooms at Gorleaus are equipped with the right equipment to record lectures, but are not used. After all, lecturers have to give permission for this. We want to move towards a joint solution between the tutors and the students. Therefore, we think it is wise to start with the recordings of lectures and to upload the sheets online. This will give the student space to recap the subjects which he or she did not understand quite well, subsequently, this will create an extra chance in case of sickness or for space for secondary activities. In this way, the courses can still be followed

Besides, we find it important to work on wider openings hours of the Science Library and the Library for Math and Computer Science, which are regularly open until 18:00 or 19:00 O’clock and are both closed in the weekend. The University Library is often full, certainly during the exam periods. To lighten the pressure on the University Library, we would like to widen the openings hours of the libraries of our faculty. To decrease the cost of supervision, we think it is a good idea to only let the study halls open later on the day.

Education

  • Reduction of the student inflow at courses who qualitatively suffer under this
  • Procedure around review term of exams sharper

How it is now, there are too many people accepted at for example the study biopharmaceutical sciences. This leads to too large groups during practical classes and this results into qualitatively worse education. How good it may be that many people would like to follow a study at Leiden University, the education may never suffer under this. The idea is to implement a numerus fixus on the study, or create a select number of available places for a study, on the basis of demonstrable motivation.

At for example Mathematics, physics and astronomy the fact is that resist sometimes can be taken before the actual exam has been graded. It is supposed to be so that the student takes the resit, irrespectively if he/she passed the exam. This is utterly unacceptable. At the faculty of the Humanities the grading term is set in the Education and Exam regulations. This should also be the case for the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics. Not only does the current structure cost the students extra work, time and stress, but also the tutors who have to grade the extra resits are being bothered by this. This can not be promotional in any way for the quality of the education.

Communication

  • Year schedule available certainly before the start of the year of study for all studies
  • Personal schedules available for personal digital agenda
  • More clarity on and around USIS and Blackboard

At for example the study biopharmaceutical sciences, the schedules are only known a month before the start of the course. This creates an impossibility to know on time where you are as a student or tutor. Consultation with the schedule makers should help to solve this. If, at the beginning of the year, all schedules of all studies are available, is is clear when rooms are available. Because of this, the schedules can be created much earlier.

At the moment, the schedules are only available on the internet via USIS or Blackboard. The students must put them in their own digital agenda themselves. However, it may not form a large problem to make these schedules compatible with the digital agendas of the most used operating systems. In this way, the faculty will be up to date with the current modernities and the process will simply be simplified.

There should be a mandatory first year course on USIS and Blackboard. Moreover, there should be study specific information available on Blackboard for all studies. The first year course on USIS and Blackboard exists at most studies, but this is not mandatory. However, this should be, wherefore everyone understands clearly how affairs such as enrolling for exams and how to find study requirements on Blackboard for courses and the catalogue of the libraries work. Moreover, there should be more study specific information on Blackboard for the studies Mathematic and Physics, which are not there at the moment.

For a sustainable University

  • Invest in outdated buildings

Invest in outdated buildings by means of new techniques such as motion sensors for lighting and faucets. Besides, improve the isolation through double glassed windows. At the moment, much power is used to keep the buildings warm, lights who are unnecessary on and bad isolation. Therefore, we find it useful to install motion sensors for lighting and faucets and to ensure better isolation by using double glassed windows. This is simply better for the environment, but the investment will cost less money on the long term due to the lower cost for gas, water and light.