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 2020/2021
In this document, the SC mentions what spearheads we aim for this year. The five spearheads are divided into sub spearheads in order to make more clear what we want to achieve this year. The five spearheads of the student council are:
1. Ensuring quality of (online) education
- Equality for students and staff with regards to the Corona policy
- Try to have as much physical education as possible
2. Supporting students working from home
- Focus on student wellbeing and improve mental health support
- Create awareness and prevent CANS/RSI
- Support students who face IT-related problems
3. Increasing awareness and communication of Student Council
- Make sure that students know how to find the Student Council
- Improve the website and the social media of the Student Council
- Improve communication between students and university
4. Supporting/promoting extracurricular activities
- Ensure COVID-19 does not affect the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities
- Create awareness among students about the available opportunities
5. Creating an inclusive atmosphere on campus
- Equal education for all study programs on campus and online
- Address biases in the university through education
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.