This means that just a small proportion of the study places in the Tinbergen building are occupied, while demand is huge. However, the university does not want to impose sanctions on absentees. Rector Magnificus Rutger Engels calls this a ‘start-up problem’ and expects students to start modifying their behaviour when they realise the consequences.

Study places in Tinbergen building are available in the PC rooms. Half the computers are cordoned off with tape and some rows are not available for students, bringing the capacity of the floor to just fifty places. The university will offer fifty extra study places at the University Library starting from Tuesday. These also need to be reserved.