14-18 may – vote for your student council!

This year the Student Council elections will take place from the 14th till the 18th of May. See below for more information on the Student Council. Under the headers found above, you can find information about the existing parties that you could join. If you have any questions you can always contact us at!

The Student Councils

The Student Council is the democratically chosen consultative body for students. If you want to change the way things are going at the UvA, or if you want to talk about improving education, the student council is the place to do so. There are 8 different Student Councils, 7 Faculty Councils and one Central Council. The Faculty Councils – it’s already in the name – are busy with all the issues that are relevant on a faculty level. Next to the several Faculty Councils there is also one overarching council; the Central Student Council.

Faculty Student Council

The FSR stands up for the interests of all students of a particular faculty. They want to ensure that the education at their faculty is of an as high as possible quality and that the necessary facilities are present. In order to do this the advice the board the board on matters such as the possibility to retake an exam, to follow electives at other faculties, proper computer facilities and things like the prices of the catering. Each year the FSR also establishes the Education and Examination Regulations (OER). In the OER all the rights of students are recorded, so this is a very important document.

Each Student Council works with files. Each file has a certain number of file holders (usually ranging between one and three) they are responsible for the acquiring of information and the writing of advice letters. Even though the file holders do most of the work the entire council gets to participate in the making of the final decision. Files and the possible advices are discussed during the weekly plenary meetings (PV) and file holders present information and arguments to the council. Ultimately this will be brought to a vote and a decision will be made. The weekly PV of the FSR is open to the public so if you are interested please stop by!

Central Student Council

The CSR consists of fourteen students who have made a year-long commitment to look after the interests of students at the UvA. They do this by focusing on all the major and seemingly minor issues that affect students. These issues range from the housing plans, sustainability and the internationalisation policy of the University of Amsterdam, but also smaller matters such as the opening hours of the library and the number study areas. Seven students are directly elected in the CSR and the other seven are appointed by the seven faculty councils.

The CSR has a weekly meeting on Wednesday (from 15.00 till 18.00) which is called the plenary meeting (PV), these meetings are open to the public, so if you’re interested stop by! During the PV all sorts of matters are being handled, positions on specific topics are taken and the work of the various taskforces.