18 April 2019 • Content team
Participation councils: looking for diverse candidates
The 2019 elections for staff and student councils are just around the corner. You can apply until Friday, April 26 at 5 p.m. Don’t meet the standard profile? Excellent! We especially want to encourage you to participate!
In the General Council, the faculty council or the Degree Programme Advisory Committee, you can participate in discussions about all the decisions that the university, your faculty, service or degree programme make and address the issues that matter to you or your support base. Because that support base is very diverse, we hope to see the same diversity reflected in the representation.
Unfortunately, this hasn’t been the case in recent years. Of course we are grateful to all the men who have put so much effort into standing up for our interests, but we would really like to see a wider group be involved. For example, we are looking for:
– more female staff members for the General Council; the current four women are all students;
– more Education Management staff members for the General Council; the three HR seats for service employees are vacant, which makes representation limited;
– more students with a functional limitation in the Degree Programme Advisory Committees and faculty councils, for a broader perspective;
Do I have time for this?
Of course you already have a full schedule. That is why it is good to know that as a staff member you are given hours for your participation in any of these councils. Students receive financial compensation for the hours they spend at meetings. A staff member on the General Council will receive 240 hours a year as compensation. You will find an overview of the hourly compensation and the compensation for students for the various positions in the Facilitation Scheme. In addition to hours or money, you are also offered training.
OK, I would like to do this. What is the next step?
Are you interested? Don’t wait, look here for more information (for example, about appointing a substitute) and sign up as a candidate right away.
More diversity in the participation councils? Yes, please!