At every level of Utrecht University, students and staff help develop policy and give advice to the different governing bodies. A well-organised student and staff representation system is very important to the functioning of the University. Also if you are not part of a consultative body, you can give your opinion on the education, facilities and other study related issues in various ways.

Give your opinion

  • By filling in the course evaluations you can give points for improvement for specific courses;
  • In the National Student Survey (NSE), you can give your opinion on all aspects of the programme and Utrecht University’s facilities;
  • Visit the student representative in the representative advisory body (provided in the yellow drop-box) and present your suggestion;
  • Do you have a complaint or objection? See Complaints, objections and appeals.

Consultative bodies

University Council

The University Council is the central representative body of Utrecht University. The Council serves the interests of students and staff. More information: Universiteitsraad (information in Dutch). 

Faculty Council

The Faculty Council is the representative body for staff and students in the Faculty. The Faculty Council is authorised to consult with the Dean on any and all matters affecting the Faculty. More information is available on the pages of your study programme.

Educational Committee

Every programme has its own education committee, which is composed of both students and teaching staff. The committee oversees the quality of programmes, raises any items of concern and provides advice on the development and delivery of education policies. More information is available on the pages of your study programme.

More information on representation at Utrecht University.

Student organisations  (information in Dutch)

  • Vidius – represents the interests of all students in Utrecht
  • LSVB – national union of students – federation of 23 student unions
  • ISO – inter-city students’ union – largest national students’ union in the Netherlands


If you want to get involved in a governing or representative body at Utrecht University, you may qualify for financial support from the University in the form of a compensation for board activities.


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