At every level of Utrecht University, students and staff help develop policy and give advice to the different governing bodies. A well-organised student representation system is critical to the functioning of the University. Do you want to get involved? As a student member of the board of a governing or representative body at Utrecht University you gain a lot of experience and learn to think and decide constructively about changes and improvements in a big organisation.
Curriculum committees are representative bodies comprised of students as well as lecturers. They are responsible for advising on the Education and Examination Regulations and its annual evaluation, guarding the quality of education and addressing problems that might arrise. If so requested or of its own accord, they advise the Board of the study programme and the dean on all academic educational matters.
The opinion of students play a key role in the tasks of the curriculum committees. Through evaluations of the several programmes and course evaluations, curriculum committees review academic education and teaching. Half of the committee is comprised of students. So do not hesitate to contact them if you have an issue that you think needs to be addressed.
Valerie Vocking is the Department of History and Art History's Student Assessor. Whenever you wish to comment on our education or how it's been organised, feel free to contact Valerie.
What does a Student Assessor do?
A Student Assessor advises the departemental board on student matters and educational matters from a student viewpoint. In this way, the Assessor is your link to the departemental board.
The faculty of Humanities is divided into 4 departments. These departments are headed by a board consisting of a Departmental Head, an Education Director, a Research Director and a Student Assessor. The 4 Department Assessors form a bridge between to the faculty board and the Student Assessor for the Humanities faculty as a whole, Renée Karsten.
The Faculty Council consults with the Faculty Board regarding faculty policy on teaching, research, finances and human resources. The Faculty Council issues solicited and unsolicited advice, and has the right of consent in certain matters.
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The Board of Directors of Education consists of all the directors of education, the vice-deans of education and three students from the Faculty of Humanities. The board consults on educational matters and developments within the Faculty. The student members represent the interests of all students, provide advice and can add their own items to the agenda. They work closely with the faculty assessor and the student delegation in the Faculty Council.
Directors of Education
- dr. Hugo Quené (Department of Languages, Literature and Communication)
- dr. Dieuwke van der Poel (Department of Languages, Literature and Communication)
- dr. Christianne Smit (Department of History and Art History)
- dr. Iris van der Tuin (School Liberal Arts)
- dr. Mariëtte van den Hoven (Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies)
- dr. Vincent Crone (Department of Media and Culture Studies)
- prof. dr. Peter Coopmans (Director of Education Humanities)
The University Council is the central representative body of Utrecht University. The Council serves the interests of students and staff.
As a regular discussion partner for the Board, the council contributes greatly to the course of the university as a whole, as well as the state of affairs within the university. The University Council critically monitors the Executive Board, provides it with solicited and unsolicited advice and jointly decides with the Board on important matters.
The University Council is made up of twelve members of staff and twelve students from all faculties and support services. Every year, students elect new representatives, while members of staff do the same once every two years.
- Vidius – represents the interests of all students in Utrecht (information only in Dutch)
- LSVB – national union of students – federation of 23 student unions
- ISO – inter-city students’ union – largest national students’ union in the Netherlands
Compensation for board activities
If you wish to get involved in a governing or representative body at Utrecht University, you may qualify for financial support.