6 November 2018

New teaching areas on the Bolognalaan: what changes are in store?

Google maps view van het nieuwe gebouw

From February 2019, the Faculty of Science, Faculty of Geosciences and the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences will be using teaching areas in the education premises at Bolognalaan 101. This space will replace the teaching areas in the Willem C. van Unnik Building (which has reached the end of its technical lifespan) and those on the Israëlslaan (for which the lease is ending in June 2019). Utrecht University (UU) will share the building with the HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht (HU).

This message will provide you with further details regarding the new premises at Bolognalaan 101, such as:

Accessibility and opening hours
Layout of the building
Flexible teaching areas
Digital testing
Restaurant
Schedule
More information

Accessibility and opening hours

The premises at Bolognalaan 101 are in the Utrecht Science Park (USP), across from the Androclus Building (see photo). This location is approximately a five-minute walk from the Van Unnik Building and about a ten-minute walk from the Buys Ballot Building. For staff or students are arriving by car, the car park on the Cambridgelaan is within walking distance. No car parking is available at the building itself. It is, of course, possible to park bicycles there. Service bicycles will be provided for lecturers who need to get from other USP buildings to the Bolognalaan. This will allow them to begin their classes on time. The building is open:

  • Monday to Thursday from 07:00 to 22:00
  • Friday from 07:00 to 19:00
  • Saturday from 09:00 to 17:00

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Layout of teaching spaces on each floor

The building will house teaching areas such as lecture halls, seminar rooms, computer rooms and a large study area. Apart from a handful of flexible workstations for lecturers, no office space will be provided for the three faculties in this building. More detailed information on the individual floors and various spaces will be shared in November.

Flexible teaching areas

The seminar rooms in the building will vary in size, with a capacity ranging from 24 to 60 students, and will be designed for flexibility. As a result, the rooms will be suitable for a variety of didactic methods. These teaching areas will be equipped with Wi-Fi, up-to-date audio-visual equipment and additional whiteboards.

Two ICT networks

There are two ICT networks in Bolognalaan 101: the existing HU network and a new data network belonging to UU. The entire building is equipped with Wi-Fi provided by the HU; UU users will have access to this as well. In all teaching areas, lecturers will be able to use a computer that is connected to the UU network. Students can use the HU's Wi-Fi network. The permanent desktops in the three computer rooms are connected to the UU network. In rooms where digital testing is administered, a dedicated UU Wi-Fi network will be present (in addition to the HU Wi-Fi network); Chromebooks will be able to connect to this UU network.

Digital testing

In the building at Bolognalaan 101, it will be possible to administer digital testing in the seminar rooms on the second and third floors, in zones that have been specifically equipped for that purpose. A cart with Chromebooks will be provided whenever a digital exam is administered in the building.

No restaurant

There are multiple restaurants in the near vicinity of the Bolognalaan 101, including in the Androclus Building, the new HU building and the Educatorium. For that reason, there will be no restaurant in this building. Coffee and snacks will of course be available from various machines on the premises.

Schedule

Before it can be used, the building must first be modified. In the coming period, the work will focus on aspects including the data infrastructure and structural modifications such as enlarging the teaching areas. The work is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Then, from January 2019, furniture will be delivered and audio-visual equipment installed in the teaching areas. Educational activities in the building are scheduled to start on 4 February 2019.

More information

The lecturers and students from the three faculties in question will naturally be provided with timely information as to how the work is progressing. A number of informational meetings will be held, for instance, along with tours that will also provide information and planning details. Until then, if you have any questions, please consult the frequently asked questions. Don't see your question? Feel free to contact us at info.bolognalaan@uu.nl. We will be happy to help.