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Leiden University Student Platform

The Leiden University Student Platform (LUS) advises the Executive Board on matters of education and student affairs. The platform is also responsible for the awarding of the Leiden Teaching prize (Leidse Onderwijsprijs). All students are entitled to play an active role in the LUS.

The LUS was established in 2013 with the aim of providing advice to the Executive Board, primarily via the Vice-Rector who is the portfolio holder for teaching and student affairs. It consists of eight members, one for each faculty, and a chairperson.

The platform brings together different groups of students for ad hoc thematic meetings, which address current issues arising from Leiden’s teaching agenda. It also organises breakfast meetings during which students can speak with members of the Executive Board.

Chair (LUMC)

Nienke Wit



Anika Hellemons


Governance and Global Affairs

Dennis Hulsbosch



Lian Hof



Anne van Zuijlen



Elise van Wijk



Dominique Vis


Social and Behavioural Sciences

Martzen Groenveld


The LUS is responsible for organising and awarding the Leiden Teaching Prize, which is presented during the annual Dies Natalis celebrations to the Leiden lecturer who has made the greatest contribution to teaching within the university.

Nominate your teacher

Do you have a great teacher who inspires you through innovative classes and interactive teaching? Why don’t you nominate him or her for the Leiden Teaching Prize! The winner will be admitted to the Leiden Teachers’ Academy and receive 25,000 euros towards teaching or research costs.

Let us know why your teacher deserves to win by submitting a nomination form till 12 April 2019. Four students must support each nomination. Your nominee must: 

  • be actively engaged in improving education and his/her own teaching.
  • have creative ideas about new ways of lecturing and assessment.
  • have a clear affinity with his/her discipline and communicates this to students by creating links to the labour market, current affairs and research.
  • guide students in their personal development.
  • motivate students and encourage active participation in lectures. 

After this initial phase there are three subsequent rounds during which you can again nominate your teacher.

If you want to know more about the nomination procedure please contact the LUS chairperson via: lus@sea.leidenuniv.nl.

Read about the winner of the Leiden Teaching Prize of 2018 (in Dutch).

LUS holds frequent thematic meetings during which specific issues are discussed with members of the Executive Board. The themes of recent meetings have included diversity, inspirational education and the short-term future of the university.

LUS also arranges breakfast clubs during which students can discuss educational matters with the Vice-Rector. These take place approximately every six weeks.

All Leiden University students are welcome to attend LUS meetings and breakfast clubs. Most are held in Dutch but can be switched to English upon request. There are also occasional meetings specifically intended for international students.

Upcoming events 

LUS breakfastclubs meeting: 

  • Wednesday 19 September van 9.00 – 11.00
  • Wednesday 17 October van 9.00 – 11.00
  • Friday 16 November van 9.00 – 11.00
  • Friday 14 December van 9.00 – 11.00
  • Friday 14 January van 9.00 – 11.00
  • Thursday 21 February van 9.00 – 11.00
  • Monday 11 March van 9.00 – 11.00
  • Friday 26 April van 9.00 – 11.00

You can find information on upcoming thematic meetings and breakfast clubs on the LUS Facebook page, or by sending an email to: lus@sea.leidenuniv.nl.




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