Jamie Henderson, Chair

Class of 2018

Nationality

Swedish/Scottish

Major

Interdepartmental International Relations, Anthropology with Philosophy, and Religious Studies 

What I do

Basically my task is to make sure the Academic Student Council runs smoothly. We are here for the students of UCU to help them in any academic matters which their heart desires. My function is to organise things and always make sure we are on track when it comes to long term planning and general goals. My aim is to help the other ASC board members and the UCU students to realise their full potential, I want to create a space where the two mentioned can grow. 

What I like

I love so many things. I love people. I love food, a lot. I love eating. I love conspiracy theories. I love questioning things. I love haggis. I love porridge. I really love beans, with rice. Like really. I love mountains. 

Jinrui Zhang, Student Assessor

Class of 2018

Nationality

Chinese/Portuguese

Major

Politics, Psychology, and Economics

What I do

As the student assessor, I am the bridge between the college hall and the students. I accomplish this by being a member on various boards within the UCU faculty. In specific, I am part of the College Board, which is the top decision-making body of UCU; the Management Team, which is the main executive body of the faculty; Board of Studies, which is the body responsible for the curriculum and approval of new courses; and finally, I am part of the Academic Student Council, which is the student led academic organization. In practice, I take part in meetings and engage in decision making in the bodies mentioned above, presenting the student perspective to the issues in stake. 

The information and knowledge that the Student Academic Council provide to me is invaluable for making sound decisions in these meetings, as it is how I can gather and get informed about most of the student input on issues, thanks to my board colleagues. 

What I like

My thing is dancing, I have been breaking for more than 12 years, and a few years ago also started to participate in contemporary and theatre dance projects. Other than I enjoy music and cinema.

Mirre Stevens, Secretary

Class of 2019

Nationality

Dutch

Major

Biology, Chemistry, and Earth and Environment, with a potential minor in Law.

What I do

As Secretary of our board I will be working to keep our board organised through taking minutes of our meetings and by keeping an overview of internal and external communications. This means I’m probably the first person to read your e-mail and/or FB message and pass it along to the most appropriate person. With external communications I am the representative of UCU academics at the UCSRN level, and I attend quite some UU events on behalf of UCU. I also keep track of the finances. 

What I like

Board games! You’ll probably see me at the weekly game nights a lot, beside that I spend a lot of my free time reading, anything from classic novels to obscure wikipedia articles. I’m also a bit of a wanderer; though I prefer city exploration to forests. 

Charlotte Levie, Academic Affairs Officer for the Social Sciences

Class of 2018½

Nationality

Belgian

Major

Political Science and Psychology

What I do

As the Social Science Academic Affairs Officer I will be working with students, teachers, fellows and the head of department of the Social Sciences in order to improve specific courses as well as the department as a whole. This work entails organising focus groups, discussing the result of those to all the different parties and trying to find a way to improve the current dissatisfactions. As a part of ASC I am also involved in bigger projects that aim to improve the education from college hall level. Being part of the UCU Council and other bodies of college hall helps us achieve this goal.

What I like

I like a lot of things which isn’t to easy to manage time wise. I love music (making it and listening to it), board games, cooking with friends, traveling, politics (laughing about the state of current affairs just as much as complaining passionately about it with friends), dancing etc.. Most of all I love meeting new people, hearing their stories and trying to find a solution to academic problems they have. So don’t hesitate to come up to me at any time around campus or on the interwebs.

Patricia Jäger, Academic Affairs Officer for the Natural Sciences

Class of 2018½

Nationality

German

Major

Biology and Chemistry with a Minor in Anthropology

What I do

As an Academic Affairs Officer for the Natural Science I represent the student interest in the Natural Science Department to the fellows and the head of department. I obtain students opinion on specific courses and the department as a whole through conversations, focus groups and other forms of evaluation. I then work alongside the UCU Council, Professors, Fellows and the Head in order to make improvements or implement new projects as a response to issues that came up during the evaluations. In addition, I am involved in ASC projects and events that are planned by the board as a whole.

What I like

I think you could describe me as a bit of a Geek. I like board games, video games, movies and books. I enjoy these either with my friends or by myself on a quiet evening. On the other hand though, I love getting out of the house. I like to be active and enjoy running and hiking. My favorite thing to do in this world is travelling. I have been backpacking through over 20 countries so far.

Shamyi Lanjouw, Academic Affairs Officer for the Humanities

Class of 2018½

Nationality

Malaysian/Dutch

Major

Anthropology and Human Geography with a minor in Earth and Environment

What I do

As the Academic Affairs Officer (AAO) of the Humanities Department I will be working alongside the Humanities students, teachers, track Fellows and Head of Department to improve the quality of the department. I am responsible for organising focus groups, track events, and projects in order to make sure the department is running smoothly. Additionally, with my whole board and I will be working on larger projects that aim to improve the education here at UCU including information sharing, active learning interdisciplinarity and diversity. Overall, I am here to help with any academic concerns that students may have. So feel free to send me an email or come by ASC office hours to bring up any ideas, initiatives or issues.

What I like

I love getting out and getting ENERGY. That includes, playing sports, travelling, visiting new cities or new parts of a city and doing all of this with people! I’ll go anywhere to have a goooood Asian meal in the Netherlands. I am not a fan of the cold at all, except if it involves skiing.