The participatory structure is an important partner in policy formation for the Executive Board and the managing directors of the organisational units.
Local participatory bodies
Each Sciences Group has a Joint Works Council for employees of Wageningen University and Wageningen Research who work within the Sciences Group. Additionally, there are separate Works Councils for Wageningen Food Safety Research (WFSR), Corporate Staff and Facilities & Services. The Joint Works Councils will consult with the managing directors of the organisational unit concerned.
Central participatory bodies
Wageningen University & Research has three central participatory bodies. In the Central Works Council (COR), members hold seats elected by and from among the members of the Joint Works Councils. The Student Council (SC) and the Student Staff Council (SSC) are central participatory bodies of the university. The SR consists of students and has a term of one year. The SSC consists of members of the Central Works Council, supplemented by two directly elected employees of Wageningen University & Research, two directly elected PhD candidates and at least six members of the SC. Students and staff have an equal number of votes in the SSC.
The Central Works Council and the SSC work together within the WUR Council: they meet and prepare the dossiers jointly. The WUR Council does not have any authority, however, as this is vested in the Central Works Council and the SSC. The central participational bodies consult with the Executive Board.