The University Council’s aim is to promote best practices within the university. It can discuss all university-related matters and seeks, to the best of its ability, to promote openness, public awareness and reciprocal consultation within the university. One of the council’s tasks is to consider the views and interests of staff and students in the context of formulating the university’s mission. In addition, it also has the general task of guarding against and preventing discrimination on any grounds and, in particular, of promoting the equal treatment of men and women and the involvement of disabled people and ethnic minorities.
The council has ratification authority with regard to, among other things, the institutional plan, the students’ charter, administrative and management regulations, the maintenance of student facilities, the establishment and discontinuation of degree programmes, and regulations relating to health, safety and wellbeing. The council also has advisory functions, for example with regard to the budget, the establishment of legal entities, financial participation in UM Holding BV, and restricting first enrolments according to available teaching capacity.
Powers and duties
The University Council’s representative role involves the following powers and duties:
- Consent: formal ratification on the basis of the right of consent as laid down in the University Council Regulations
- Advice: on the basis of the advisory right laid down in the University Council Regulations
- Debate: giving advice, forming opinions, creating frameworks, acting as a sounding board
- Assessment: evaluating results and measuring effects
- Initiating: submitting initiatives as a basis for consultation
- Control: calling parties to account and assessing reports
- Information: requesting or obtaining information
- Identifying issues: bringing matters to the attention and/or inciting action
The University Council has the power to discuss all matters relating to the university, to make proposals on these matters to the Executive Board, and to express its opinions.
The Executive Board must make its opinion known in writing, supported with reasons, within three months. Prior to announcing this opinion, the Executive Board must give the Council at least one opportunity to exchange views on the proposal.
Composition of the council and the presidium
The University Council consists of 18 members who are elected from among the academic staff (6), administrative and support staff (3) and students (9). While the elections for academic, administrative and support staff are held every two years, the council’s student contingent is elected on an annual basis.
The presidium of the University Council consists of H.Kingma (Chair University Council), D. Schmidt (vice chair University Council), A. Blokland (chair OOI committee), D. Veul (chair F&P Committee), C. Müller (chair I&S Committee), and M. Manca (Provum).