Authority of the Council
According to the Higher Education and Research Act the Student Council has four major rights:
- The right of approval – the Executive Board requires the prior approval of the Council for every decision to be taken by the Executive Board concerning the establishment or amendment of policy and regulations specified in the Higher Education and Research Act;
- The advisory right – the Executive Board requires the prior advice of the Council on every decision to be taken by the Executive Board concerning matters specified in the Higher Education and Research Act;
- The right of initiative – the Council is authorised to make proposals to the Executive Board concerning all matters involving Wageningen University and to make its opinions on such matters known;
- The right of information – the Council can request information that it needs within reason to fulfill its task.
Mode of operation
Six times a year the Student Council meets with the Executive Board to discuss topics (consultation meeting). To prepare for each consultation meeting with the Executive Board, the Student Council has two internal meetings. The Student Council has different committees that prepare the topics by having technical meetings with staff members. Thereupon the entire Student Council discusses the findings of the committee, in order to come to a standpoint or decision.
The Student Council meets regularly with students, study associations and student associations of the university. The Council asks them for input regarding specific topics and takes up general concerns.
Student Council Elections
Elections are held every year in spring. The students running for a seat in the Student Council will be campaigning throughout the Campus during the election week, informing students about their plans and ideas so that those entitled to vote can cast a well-considered vote.
Voting is done online and every student of Wageningen University that is entitled to vote, will receive an email. The voting itself takes about two minutes. Check the Student Council election Team Site for more information.
Parties: CSF, S&I and VeSte
The Student Council members can either be independent members, or members of a party. Currently, there are three parties in the Student Council; CSF, S&I and VeSte. Check the party website or Facebook page for more information about these parties and their focus points, plans and ideas.
Focus points and spearheads 2018/2019
Each academic year the Student Council determines her focus points and spearheads. The spearheads of the Student Council 2018-2019 are:
1. Improve student and staff well being
- Prevent RSI and CANS complaints;
- Improve facilities and support to help reducing stress;
- Make people feel at home at the university and in Wageningen.
2. Enhance integration within and outside the student community
- Improve intercultural communication;
- Stimulate engagement between different associations;
- Encourage integration among Wageningen residents and students.
3. WUR should get a leading position on sustainability in the Netherlands
- Focus on structure based improvements;
- Reduce (plastic) waste;
- Encourage sustainable catering.
4. Stimulate personal and academic development of students
- Encourage the university to support and facilitate extracurricular activities;
- Stimulate the integration of soft skills within study programs;
- Explore the options of personalised learning paths.
Being a Student Council member, you have the possibility to develop yourself on a personal, business and political level, and to develop competencies and skills which you do not necessarily develop during your study. Contact the Student Council for more information.