Put yourself forward as a University Council candidate 2024-2025

The University Council is looking for new members for the academic year 2024/2025. How about you? The Executive Board encourages motivated students to register as candidates to make a difference in the university community.

What does the University Council do?

As a student member, you represent the interests of 40,000 students. You critically look at the university and you provide the board with solicited and unsolicited advice. The University Council has an important voice on themes such as student wellbeing, social safety and sustainability. Important decisions first go through the University Council, such as the university budget, the student statute and other drastic changes for university policy. Moreover, students have opportunities to start their own initiatives. Previous members have advocated for more student psychologists and better guidance for students, for example through the skills lab. They have also ensured that the university offers free menstrual products and increased board scholarships.

What do you get out of it?

A year in the University Council is a year you will always remember. Together with eleven other students, you can make a difference both within and outside the university. In addition, students get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look and opportunities to build networks. You will receive training and develop skills in negotiating, debating, and collaborating. Student members receive compensation for their invaluable work.

Who can become a member?

Any Utrecht University student can become a member of the University Council.

How do I register as a candidate?

You can either join an existing student party or start your own party before 11 April 2024. The elections take place from 13 to 15 May 2024.
 

Read more about the elections

Faculty Councils

There is also a demand for Faculty Council members. Faculty Councils provide valuable advice to the Faculty Board alongside the Dean. Faculty Councils have been actively involved in addressing issues such as workloads among student boards, sustainability within the faculty and enhancing student engagement at the faculty level. Find out more about the elections for your faculty on the election page.

More information?

Do you have any further questions about the University Council elections? Or do you want to know more about the candidacy procedure? Check the University Council Elections Regulations and the elections page. If your question is not answered on these pages, please contact Anne Marie Partridge.