There are multiple ways to give your opinion or have a say in education, study facilities, and other study related subjects. There is a representative advisory body on programme, faculty, and university level. 

The Board of Studies (BoS) is the executive committee of the Graduate School of Teaching (GST). It decides on issues regarding staff, finances and educational policy. The BoS regularly confers with the Board of Governors and the Committee of Deans from the five school-subject faculties. The Degree Programme Advisory Committee provides the BoS with advise regarding its decisions.

Recurring items on the agenda include the annual update of the Education and Examination Regulations (OER), the improvement and innovation of the course offering, and the bi-annual intake of first-year students and their internships.

The BoS consist of the representatives of the faculties of Social Sciences (Jan van Tartwijk, also Educational Director of the GST), Humanities (Peter Coopmans), Geosciences (Tine Beneker) and Science (Gjalt Prins). Educational Manager Marijn Smeets attends the BoS as Official Secretary.

Furthermore the BoS has two student-members. They represent the voice of all GST-students en contribute a critical as well as constructive student-perspective to the meetings.

The student-members for the academic year 2020-2021 are:

Anne Heemskerk (SEC),
Annabelle Remmerswaal (Gamma),

Please feel free to email the student-branch of the BoS with questions, observations or suggestions.  




The Degree Programme Advisory Committee provides the Board of Studies with both solicited and unsolicited advice regarding the Master's programmes and minor programmes. The Degree Programme Advisory Committee advises with regard to quality, organisation and policy.

The focus is mainly on the annual update of the Education and Examination Regulations (OER) and course assessments. All GST courses are evaluated by a group of lecturers and students based on surveys that are distributed to all participants. The results of those evaluations are public and will be used during the development of a future version of the course.

On the Committee, a total of fourteen lecturers and students represent the various degree programmes within GST (the one- and two-year alpha/beta/gamma Master's and the Minor in Education).

The student members can be reached by mail:


The lecturers who are currently members of the Degree Programme Advisory Committee are:

  • Erwin Mantingh (alfa, chair)
  • Janneke Corvers (alfa)
  • Liesbeth de Bakker (beta)
  • Marjolein Vollebregt (beta)
  • Bjorn Wansink (gamma)
  • Tim Favier (gamma)
  • Niels Nannes (gamma)

The student members for 2019-2020 are:

  • Lise Berghuis (alfa)
  • Raisa van der Knaap (gamma)
  • Heleen Lingers (alfa)
  • Maril de Man (gamma)
  • Olivier Sitvast (alfa)​
  • Vacant (beta)
  • Vacant (beta)

Marijn Smeets (FSW Education and Student Affairs) supports the Degree Programme Advisory Committee as Official Secretary.

The Faculty of Science includes six Departments (Biology, Chemical Sciences, Physics, Information and Computing Sciences, Mathematical Science, and Pharmaceutical Sciences), each with its own Department Board and Education Advisory Committee (EAC). A Board has one student member, EACs have several student members.

Science Education and Communication is represented by student member Marjolein Gelauff. Contact Marjolein to find out more about how you can contribute to policy making.

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.
  • Do you not know who to turn to with a question, remark or complaint about the university? Then ask your question at the student government desk on Facebook. You will receive an answer within one work day. The desk makes sure your problem gets sent to the appropriate student governance body, which will then keep you updated on their progress in solving it. 

The University Council is the central representative body of Utrecht University. The Council serves the interests of students and staff.

More information is available: University Council.