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 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 2018

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 next elections for the student seats are from 14 - 16 May 2018.

How to put yourself forward as candidate?

You can put yourself forward as a candidate until 5 April 2018:

  • You can join an existing list. Contact the president or spokesperson of this list.
  • You can start your own list and put themselves and others forward as a candidate.


What is the schedule?

For the elections of 2018 the schedule is as follows:

Date Action
1 March - 5 April Electoral register check
1 March - 5 April Submit candidate forms and consent forms
16 April Announcement of candidate lists
14 - 16 May (23:59) Elections
18 May Results of elections

More information

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

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

  • 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


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.