Contribute to the ‘Informal Student Support Network'

Contribute to the ‘Informal Student Support Network’

Do you have an idea for improving the social network among students and to improve student well-being at Wageningen University and Research? We received new funds from the Quality Agreements to realise your ideas. Become project leader of your own team! For example, to fill the gap between students who do not ‘naturally’ get connected to the traditional (big) student organizations or who do not know how to meet and get to know other students easily.

What is the ‘Informal Student Support Network’?

The Informal Student Support Network is a collection of student initiatives which are funded by the university. You, as a student initiator, may apply for funding  and may  manage the implementation of your own idea.  

The funding for these projects originates from the Quality Agreements, the budgets freed up by the introduction of the Dutch Student Loan System.

Projects of 2020

  • Wageningen Student Farm

Wageningen Student Farm is a platform for students passionate about sustainable agriculture. The goal is to offer an opportunity for students to bring their knowledge of organic farming and biobased-production of all forms into practice, all the while sharing and spreading enthusiasm and engagement. For this purpose, many projects and gatherings off and on their field are facilitated.

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  • Giftedness

The goal of the project ‘Giftedness’ is to both create awareness on, and provide guidance to students and teachers regarding giftedness at Wageningen University & Research. Giftedness is a gift, which can only improve life by learning how to unwrap it properly. This cannot merely be achieved by acknowledging or accepting it, but by actively doing something with it.

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  • Living room internal lounge

An international living room was started in Campus Plaza where students with an international mindset can come during the day and in the weekends to meet up. In the evening activities are organised by ESN and ISOW.

  • Grief and Writing sessions

Students, being in their twenties, can be confronted with grief for the first time in their lives, by the passing away of a grandparent, parent, friend, classmate or relative. Sharing personal stories and giving voice to feelings of loneliness, grief, sadness and powerlessness can be healing. Writing exercises under professional guidance help to facilitate the sharing. This project starts in Fall 2020.

  • Creative studio workshops

The creative studio workshops are meant to give students a nice break from studying. With that, the participants connect with new people in a relaxed atmosphere and feel welcome. The setting of these workshops is meant to be approachable and easy-going, to provide for a relaxed setting where people feel good with themselves and others. This project starts in Fall 2020.

What projects are eligible for this fund?

Your project must meet a set of criteria to ensure the money of this fund is invested in its intended goal. Your project must either:

  • Strengthen the social network among/of students;
  • Enhance the social well-being of students;
  • Offer help, guidance and support to other students;
  • Make fellow students feel welcome and at home.

Moreover, your idea must be something new compared to what already is being organized in Wageningen. Finally, it should be inclusive for any type of Wageningen University student.

How can you start your own project?

Your project will be assessed by a committee of two staff and two student members. For their assessment and for getting a clear picture of your idea, they need some information. For that, you need to fill in the form which is downloadable at the bottom of this page.

If you have questions or need help in filling in the form, you can contact Liesbeth van der Linden.

Procedure planning 2021 projects

The projects need to start and finish in the calendar year 2021

Deadline proposals: 11 November 2020
Assessment by committee: 27 November until 10 December 2020
Announcement of assessment results: 11 December 2020