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.

Consultative bodies

The University Council promotes the interests of all employees and students with the Executive Board of Utrecht University. 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. Your vote counts!

Right of consent and right to be consulted

The University Council consults with the Executive Board regarding University-wide policy on teaching, research, finances and human resources. The Council provides the Board with solicited and unsolicited advice, and has the right of consent in certain matters.  

Elections 2020

Every year the Central Electoral Office organises elections for the student seats in the University Council. And every two years for the staff seats. The elections of 2020 have been postponed untill further notice due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. Read how you can put yourself forward as a candidate and what the planning is.

More information

Check the regulations or contact Anne Marie Partridge from the Central Electoral Office.

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.

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

  • 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.