Gerardus van der Leeuw is the study association of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies of the University of Groningen. It was founded in 2003 and is named after the first theologian to introduce religious studies to our university, and twenty boards later we are still going strong! We love our faculty community and want to make our students feel happy and at home by organizing events like our yearly Christmas play, borrels, parties, study sessions, pub lectures, and workshops for students and staff. 


In this academic year, 2022/2023, the university is finally completely open again and luckily covid seems to be past tense. As a board, we’re super excited to bring back the real-life student experience to faculty. With all the possibilities in one hand and a drink in the other, we will organize loads of fun activities to (re)connect with fellow lions! We are going to pick up from where we left off, but make it even more fun! (imagine a magical sparkly sound)

Gerardus sends weekly newsletters to all faculty students to keep everyone up to date about news items and upcoming events. Keep an eye out for that! And if you have any questions or ideas, or if you want to be added to the newsletter, please email us at gerardusvanderleeuw@gmail.com


We are now an official study association! This means that you can now become an official member of Gerardus van der Leeuw, which was not possible before. Being an official lion will give you several worthwhile benefits:

You will get discounts for activities that cost money. You will also get a discount for Gerardus merch. This year’s hoodies, cool mugs, and maybe even Gerardus socks will all be yours for a friendly price.
Additionally, as an official lion, you can join one of our committees and organize cool events with us. Come up with the next party in the accie, organize the fitcie’s next workout sesh, or maybe even start a whole new committee.
As a lion, you will also have some good old influence, power, and voting rights in Gerardus. You will have the opportunity to give us input on the types of events you would like to see, what themes you want us to focus on, etc. You will also have voting rights on decisions such as creating new committees.
And of course, you will become a closer part of our amazing faculty community. You’ll get all the news, all the inside intel, and all the opportunities to make new friends amongst your fellow lions.

We hope that you will all sign up to become a member of Gerardus, whether that is because you want to organize activities with us, grab some discounts, or make new friends. We are already very proud of our faculty community, and see this as a great next step to make that community even better! 

To help some of you to make the step of becoming a member, first-years will get a 50% discount on the membership fee!

You can use this google form to sign up: https://forms.gle/1yh2nrew6yvinruH6

Lots of love,

The Gerardus board 2022/2023: Ruth, Lauree, Rosa, Dineke and Joëlle

Activity Calendar

Our legendary “Gerardus van der Leeuw Activity Calender” is still under construction, but no worries, it will be available real soon!

In the table down below you can see what kind of activities our association provides. This calendar will be updated regularly.

The last update was on 3. October 2022

Month Activity Notes
September 2022 14/09 Committee & disputation presentations
26/09 Fitcie walk
October 2022 06/10 Accie party
12/10 Gerardus borrel
13/10 Running dinner
18/10 GMA
November 2022 09/11 Gerardus borrel
25/11 LOTR marathon
December 2022 01/12 Pub Quiz
05/12 Sinterklaas
08/12 PhD carrousel
14/12 Gerardus borrel
22/12 Christmas celebration
January 2023 11/01 Gerardus borrel/New Year’s borrel  
February 2023 08/02 Gerardus borrel
14/02 Valentine’s day
15/02 Accie party
23/02 Start of Lent
March 2023 08/03 Gerardus borrel  
April 2023 06/04 End of Lent
12/04 Gerardus borrel
22/04 Parent Day
May 2023 10/05 Gerardus borrel
26/05 Dies Natalis
June 2023 22/06 End of the year BBQ  
Juli 2023    
August 2023    

Current board

In the study year 2021-2022 our board consists of:

Ruth Ruijgers   Chair
Lauree Groenwold   Secretary
Dineke Bosgraaf   Treasurer
Rosa den Hengst   Committee coördinator
Dineke Bosgraaf   Promotion coördinator
Joëlle Fennebeumer   Assessor

Do you want to know more about the board members? Click on their name and find more information! (available soon)


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Gerardus Newsletter

Do you want to share an activity or a news message for the weekly newsletter?

Via this link you can send us the information, and we will make sure it will be added to the newsletter which will be sent on Tuesdays.