The Academic Student Council, ASC, is UCU’s elected student body that represents student interest in all academic matters. The five members that form the Academic Student Council work together with students, teachers and staff members of ‘College Hall’ in order to positively reflect upon the quality of the UCU education. ASC involves students in this process thereby holding a range of different research activities; from small scale discussion groups (focus groups) to large scale student opinion surveys. ASC also functions as an open source of information for students and facilitates them in their initiatives.

ASC has 4 seats in the UCU Council, UCU's co-decision making body, together with 4 other members from staff and faculty. The UCU Council advises the Dean on UCU policy, such as budget proposals, and other issues it deems necessary as well as providing him with advise and consent to changes in the academic rules and regulations. In addition to that, one of the ASC members has a seat in the highest decision making body within UCU, the College Board.

The current ASC members can be found on UCU.Community.

Master's Guide

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Please order your books as soon as your spot in a course has been guaranteed.

Second-hand book sales

You can buy books second hand in different ways. For example, google “tweedehands studieboeken” (second-hand study books) and you will find numerous stores that offer second-hand books. Keep in mind you will have to pay shipping fees.

In collaboration with an AUC student and their thesis project, ASC has re-introduced a book sales website: UCBooks! Here you can find the catalog of books needed for courses at UCU, price listings, and have a nice overview of all the books being sold for one course, as well as see who has previously taken that course with a built in messaging service!

Buying new books

Among others, you can consider ordering your books via:


Ship your books to:
[your full name]
Maupertuusplein 1 - [your own mailbox number]
3584EE Utrecht (The Netherlands)

At the start of the semester when many people order books, packages can usually be picked up upstairs Dining Hall (in front of the Meating Room), but College Hall will send intstructions about this. You will always receive a message when a package has arrived for you.

ASC strives to help make your academic experience a positive one. Student opinions are essential in achieving this. If ever you have a complaint or suggestion on academic matters please communicate these to ASC by dropping into the office, sending an e-mail ( or speaking with ASC members in person. Your comments will always be taken seriously, and in confidence. ASC will get back to you with a reaction as quickly as possible. Of course, suggestions for solutions to problems are more than welcome as well. Even if we aren’t immediately able to solve your individual problem, we can usually work on preventing it from occurring again for other students.

The AAOs constantly monitor their department in order to detect any issues which might develop. Students are encouraged to approach AAOs with their concerns. The AAO can then decide to conduct a Focus Group in order to discover more about the issue. They will invite the relevant students to meet with them, usually in the ASC office, and discuss the problem. It is typical that the fellow is invited to the end of the Focus Group, and is allowed to comment on the concerns brought up. The minutes of the focus group are compiled in a report and sent to the fellow and head of department. The students and fellow are allowed to comment on the report before it becomes official and gets published here below. The results and suggestions are usually taken up, and courses are improved this way.

ASC 2014-2015 Focus Groups:


Social Sciences



You can find more information about the ASC elections.

Maupertuusplein 1
3584 EE Utrecht
Facebook: ASC UCU
Telephone: +31 30 253 9884

Office hours

In office every weekday from 12.30-13.45 (during semesters).
Our office is in Dining Hall, next to the stairs.