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Unfortunately, the government did not announce any immediate easing of the restrictions on higher education at last night's press conference. However, universities may be able to deliver more face-to-face education from 26 April. In this update we explain what this future easing of restrictions means for the UvA and what is being done in the meantime to make use of the space that is available.

The press conference hinted at a possible relaxation of restrictions from April 26. We are now preparing to make maximum use of the space on campus as soon as restrictions are relaxed. Small-scale face-to-face sessions, including small groups and practicals, project work, 1-on-1 supervision, meetings, testing, study association activities and space for staff/research, may be possible. The exact details will be determined by each faculty and programme and may therefore vary.

Self-testing and 1.5 metre rule

The government believes it is important that face-to-face education is combined with enabling students to perform COVID tests themselves. The aim is that all students will be able to self-test at least once a week from the end of April so they can return to campus for face-to-face learning one day a week. The tests will be made available by the government. The approach to be taken will be defined in more detail with the universities over the coming period. In addition, the 1.5-metre rule will remain in force even if a student has self-tested.

Extra study spaces

The number of vulnerable students who need to use the UvA's study facilities is increasing. Over the past few months, the number of spaces has therefore been tripled to just over 2,000 spaces. We are currently working hard to further expand the number of study and collaboration spaces. These will gradually become available over the coming period.

If you're not coming, please let us know!

Since we want to offer a space to everyone who needs one, please let the Library know if you have reserved a space but no longer intend to use it. The space can then be made available to someone else. For the latest updates on study spaces and how to make a reserveration, check out the Library website.

Studying at home proving to be a challenge? Attend a free workshop.

Studying or working from home can be stressful. Every two weeks, the student counsellors run a short workshop on how to cope with remote learning. During the workshop, you will discuss the various challenges and draw up a plan. You can find details of this and other workshops and tips on studying at home, stress and dealing with depression or a lack of motivation during the coronavirus pandemic on the Initiatives and help for students page.

Finding working from home a challenge? Attend a free inspiration session.

Working from home can be a challenge for UvA staff too, in terms of their mental health/motivation and the ability to collaborate effectively. By popular demand, we have therefore created additional spaces for the inspiration sessions on remote working, where staff share experiences with colleagues and learn from each other. Choose what suits you and sign up here.

Study associations can meet at UvA

From now on, the boards of study associations can hold occasional meetings in their offices to prepare for activities next academic year – while still making sure to comply with the current measures, of course. Associations that wish to take advantage of this opportunity should contact the Director of Operational Management of the relevant faculty.