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Jurists want to stay in Oudemanhuispoort

11 February 2009 – Staff of the Faculty of Law of the University of Amsterdam do not fancy moving to the Roeterseiland. According to a poll carried out by the works council (OR), they cling to the status of the Oudemanhuispoort, university magazine Folia reports.

At present, the Faculty of Law is located in the Oudemanhuispoort, but the university argues that this location is too small to cope with the growth of the faculty. It therefore wants the jurists to move to the Roeterseiland. That complex will become available when science faculties move to Watergraafsmeer next year.

According to the OR poll, 49% want to leave the Oudemanhuispoort ‘on no account’. “In no way whatsoever, you recognise the status and reputation of the current location and their impact on the recruitment of both staff and students”, the OR writes in a letter to the university. However, the university seems little inclined to cancel the move.

The Oudemanhuispoort was built around 1600 as an old people’s home. It was later used by the National Academy of Visual Arts and in 1880, the university moved into the complex.

Over the past few years, overcrowding began to pose a problem. In 2006, students staged a sit-in to protest against pushy security guards, who had been hired to channel the large numbers of students. The guards were told to leave after they had hit a cameraman of local TV station AT5.

In 2007, coffee breaks during classes were cancelled so as to give students more time to clear the classroom after class.

Image: book market opposite the faculty. Photo Terretta


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