Delft University of Technology
Executive Board
Visitors’ address:
Cornelis Drebbelweg 9
2628 CM Delft
Postal address:
PO Box 5
2600 AA Delft

To the students of TU Delft,

Our reference: O&S-UIT-131/JM/dn
Contact: Anka Mulder
Telephone/fax: +31 (0)15 27 847XX/+31 (0)15 278 72XX
Subject: Measures relating to the increase in student numbers
Dear student,

The increase in student numbers has led to an increase in the demand for lecture theatres and, in particular, larger lecture theatres. This year, we have five faculties with first-year groups numbering more than 350 students and one faculty with a second-year group of more than 350. Our current facilities provide just four theatres with a capacity of greater than 350 and we are expecting a further growth in numbers next academic year. In light of TU Delft’s present financial situation and the current political climate, we cannot accommodate the increase in student numbers by investing in new buildings. The following measures will, therefore, need to be implemented to cater for the university’s continuing growth and to maintain a high teaching quality.

1.    Flexible timetable
2.    Evening examinations
3.    Split up large groups (> 350)

1. Flexible timetable
Lecture theatres are currently vacant during teaching hours 1, 2, 7 and 8 in particular. To maximise use of available capacity, an increasing number of lectures will be timetabled for these less popular times. When drawing up the timetable, more focus will be given to matching group numbers to the appropriate sized lecture theatres. This may result in some lectures being timetabled at locations outside your ‘own’ faculty. Furthermore, with effect from the academic year 2010-2011, the timetable will be extended by two lecture hours to allow for evening lectures where necessary.

2. Evening examinations
To maximise use of the available capacity in examination halls and to avoid having to split examination sittings into numerous smaller halls, a greater number of examinations will be timetabled in the evenings. Resits will be the first priority. Other examinations will be moved to the evening when the occasion arises. In these instances, we will ensure that there is always a member of teaching staff present during the examination to answer questions. This is not possible when the examination candidates are spread across different halls or buildings.

3. Split up large groups
In order to accommodate larger groups, lectures for groups larger than 350 students will be split into smaller groups. There are several options available:
a.    The same lecture will be held several times
b.    A group of students in another hall will be able to follow the lecture using video conferencing software

During the coming weeks, choices will be made regarding which option to use for the course in question.

The measures outlined above set out how TU Delft will solve the question of accommodation in the short term. A long-term solution will be devised by a workgroup specially set up to examine the best way to align the timetable to fit the curriculum. The group will also focus on facilitating the introduction of modern teaching methods to further enhance the quality of education. The aim is to make the most efficient use possible of teaching and examination halls.

The Central Student Council will, of course, be consulted closely during this process and encouraged to provide its input on the future of TU Delft, thereby representing the students’ interests.

Yours faithfully,
Executive Board

Paul Rullmann
Vice-President for Education