The Faculty Council is the consultative body for personnel and students at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. The Council serves as the dean’s discussion partner with regard to governance / administrative measures and organisational issues.
Recurring issues such as the faculty budget and the establishment of the degree programme and exam regulations appear on the Council’s agenda each year. There is also discussion of diverse current issues that occur during the course of the year. The Faculty Council meetings are open to the public.
Lunch consultation hour
Once a month, students and employees can have a light lunch with members of the Faculty Board and Faculty Council and ask questions about education, research and policy matters.
The Council has consultation rights and voting rights. The Council’s competencies and manner of working are laid down in the faculty regulations and the procedural regulations, which are based on the Higher Education and Scientific Research Act (Wet op het Hoger onderwijs en Wetenschappelijk onderzoek or WHW).
Size and tiers
The Faculty Council consists of fourteen members, seven student members and seven personnel members. The size is specified by law and depends on the size of the faculty. The Council has two tiers: a personnel tier and a student tier. These tiers also meet separately with the dean about issues with which the relevant tier has particular competency.
Personnel and student tier competencies
The members of the personnel tier have a say on issues such as employment terms and conditions, general personnel policy, organisational issues within the faculty and employment conditions at faculty level. The members of the student tier have a say on student policy and remunerations for students.
The Council can choose a Chairperson from its ranks, or it can select an independent Chairperson. The Faculty Council of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences appoints an independent Chairperson. This Chairperson can be reappointed.
Elections occur annually in the spring. All employees can put themselves forward for election, and all employees are also eligible to vote. The Student Consultative Body and possibly other student groups are responsible for the student elections.