Welcome to the page of the University College Utrecht Council. Here you can find out who we are and what we do as Council. If you have any questions about the Council's functioning, or suggestions or remarks about the page itself, please do not hesitate to contact us.
The members of the UCU Council in the academic year 2018-2019 are as follows:
- Diana Odier-Contreras Garduno (chair)
- Marco Minoni (co-chair)
- Patrick Wijchers
- Soomin Chung
- Bas Defize
- Janneke Boonstra
- Gerda van Rossum
- Jonathan Sendker
- Secretary: Laurens Triesscheijn
The UCU Council is the body that monitors the interests of the College, the students and the staff of University College Utrecht. At UCU the Council combines the duties of two different consultative bodies: the Faculty Council (in Dutch Faculteitsraad) and the Degree program advisory committee (in Dutch Opleidingscommissie).
The Faculty Council is the employees’ and students' consultative body for staff and students of the faculty. The Faculty Council is authorized to consult with the Dean about all faculty-related matters. The degree program advisory committee monitors the quality of education, discusses possible issues within the curriculum, and gives advice about the development and implementation of educational policy at UCU.
The UCU Council can make proposals, give advice, and make its position known to the Office of the Dean on all matters concerning UCU. More specifically, some of the main duties of the Council are:
- To give consent to the Office of the Dean on every decision on or change in matters such as the strategic plan, academic rules and regulations, policy and practical execution of the quality control at UCU and the part of the student-statutes that are relevant to UCU (known as the academic rules and regulations).
- To advise the Office of the Dean in matters concerning the estimation of UCU’s budget and expenditure thereof, (student) facilities, (future) state of affairs, and all other elements of education on which the Council does not need to give consent.
Furthermore, the staff members of the Council will advise and give consent to the Office of the Dean in matters concerning the way in which labour conditions are realized; the way in which the general personnel policies at UCU are arranged and carried out; the safety, health, and well-being of employees in connection with work within UCU; (re)organization within UCU and the technical and economic carrying out of duties within UCU.
Moreover, the Council will guard UCU against any form of discrimination and actively promote the equal treatment of men and women, minorities and the disabled.
The Council consists of eight representatives from the various groups that populate the College: four faculty and staff members, and four students. These four students, together with the Student Assessor and Secretary of ASC, form the Academic Student Council, ASC.
All UCU Council staff members are elected by and from the staff and faculty and the student members by the student body. Students are elected in ASC for a term of one year, staff members are elected for two years.
Any student, staff member or faculty member can approach the UCU Council for matters that are of importance to the community. The Council will treat the information provided by colleagues or students as confidential.
The following dates have been set for UCU Council meetings in Spring 2019:
- 29 January 2019
- 5 February 2019
- 5 March 2019
- 2 April 2019
- 30 April 2019
- 28 May 2019
- 11 June 2019
Meetings are held in Locke lounge. Two members of the U-raad (the university council of the UU) are always invited as observers, to ensure good information flow between the UU and the Council. The Student Assessor is also always invited as guest. In principle, meetings are open to everyone of UCU who would like to attend. If you are interested in coming to one of our meetings, send an e-mail to the Chair and Vice-Chair and you will be invited as observer. If you have an important issue you think is relevant to the Council, please also contact the Chair and Vice-Chair and you can be invited as a guest.
Summaries of the minutes can be found on a dedicated UCU Council blog.