Participate at the highest level? Run for candidate in the University Council

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Do you wish to participate at the highest administrative level? Are you interested in using your influence on important decisions? Take this opportunity and put yourself forward as candidate for the University Council. Please do so before 6 April 2023!

What does it entail?

The student section has the opportunity to protect the students’ interests and to advise the Executive Board upon their request and on the council’s own initiative. For some important decisions, the University Council even has a right of consent, for example regarding the university’s budget. For students, this is a paid administrative position for a year. Students will be a member of the student section of the University Council and will work as a council member for four days a week.

Exerting influence

Anton Pijpers, President of Utrecht University, emphasizes the importance of exerting influence: “As a member of the University Council, you can influence Utrecht University’s strategy and policy. And thus your own study career. You are a representative of and a contact point for the student interests. It provides you with more responsibility as well as an interesting work experience!”

Who can become a member?

All Utrecht University students can put themselves forward as a candidate for the 12 seats of the student body in the University Council.

How to put yourself forward as a candidate?

You can either join an existing list of candidates or start your own list. Make sure that the properly signed forms are submitted with the Central Electoral Committee no later than Thursday, 6 April 2023, 17.00 hours! For further information about the procedures please check the elections page or contact the secretary to the committee, Anne Marie Partridge.

Faculty councils

There is also a demand for council members at the faculty levels. Click the links below for information about the candidacy and elections for your council:  

NB Due to their semester system, UCU has deviating election dates!

More information?

The elections will take place from Monday 8 – Wednesday 10 May 2023. Do you have 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.