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.
Each programme has its own Curriculum Committee, a representative body which consists of both students and lecturers. Look at your own programme under Contact > Curriculum Committee to see who are your representatives.
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.
Check out the Faculty Council website (in Dutch) for more information.
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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
- Dorien Nieuwenhuijsen (BA Department of Languages, Literature and Communication)
- Dieuwke van der Poel (MA Department of Languages, Literature and Communication)
- Christianne Smit (Department of History and Art History)
- Iris van der Tuin (School Liberal Arts)
- Lucien van Liere (Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies)
- Sigrid Merx (Department of Media and Culture Studies)
- Peter Coopmans ((Director of Education Humanities)
- Rosa van den Bos
- Emily Nikbakht
The student members of the Board represent the interests of all students, give solicited advice and can put issues on the agenda themselves. They work closely with the Faculty Student Assessor and the student section of the Faculty Council.
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.