Student Council 2017-2018

About the Student Council

The Student Council is a body of students which represents the interests of all students at Wageningen University & Research.

In general

The Student Council is a body of students which represents the interests of all students at Wageningen University & Research. We are a full-time board, consisting of 12 students who are chosen during the elections in Spring each year. As members of the Student Council, we have 4 major rights:

  1. The right to (dis)approve - This means that the Student Council can agree on plans or can block plans of the Executive Board.
  2. The right to advise - We have the possibility to give our opinion about the plans and policies of the Executive Board.
  3. The right to initiate - The Student Council also has the power to present initiatives to the Executive Board when it sees something can be improved.
  4. The right for information – We are always able to get information about dossiers.

Those rights are used to improve the Wageningen University & Research for students. The Student Council is however not a union, and therefore also has to pay attention to what is best for the organisation. This is also why the Student Council uses a pragmatic approach, talk about the problems we might have with certain ideas in order to make a change instead of just saying no.

If you want to know more about the topics we are working on or have worked on, please go to the topic of your interest in the main menu.

Our meetings

As Student Council, we have regular meetings with students, study associations and student associations but also with teachers and other staff members of the university. This is to make sure we monitor everything that happens, but also ask for advice when a new policy is coming up (e.g. restructuring re-exams, evening exams).

We also meet with the rector six to seven times a year to discuss the documents we are working on. These meetings are open for every student, so if you want to know how we work, please drop by. The agenda and dates can found on this website under agenda.

Furthermore, the Student Council is part of the participation council of Wageningen University & Research, the WUR Council. The WUR Council consists of two central participation bodies: the Student Staff Council (SSC) and Central Employees Council (COR). Students, who are also a member of the SC, take a seat on the SSC. The goal of combining the councils is to yield a more effective and efficient participation for the entire organisation.