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As a student of Leiden University, you can join a number of co-participation bodies together with university staff members. Co-participation is an important democratic right that enables you to play an active role in university decision-making and advisory processes.

Co-participation bodies

At Leiden University, you can take part in the following co-participation bodies:

University & faculty councils and programme committees

University council and faculty councils are democratically elected co-participation bodies that represent both students and staff of the university and its faculties. Co-participation also takes place at departmental level through programme committees. Learn more about these councils and committees.

Leiden Assessors Committee  

The Leiden Assessors Committee  (LAssO) is a consultative body made up of the student members of each faculty board.

Leiden University Student Platform

The Leiden University Student Platform (LUS) is a student-led ‘think-tank’ that discusses a wide variety of topics concerning students and annually presents the Leiden Teaching Prize.

University elections

Members of Leiden University’s co-participation bodies are democratically elected during university elections.

Financial support for co-participation

As a reward for your co-participation activities, you may be eligible to request financial support. 

  1. Your faculty assessor has an overview of all student members of faculty co-participation bodies. On the basis of this, the assessor will send recommendations concerning the division of funds between all faculty co-participation body members to the Student and Educational Affairs department (SEA).
  2. At the end of each co-participation period,  SEA will send you a decision award letter stating the number of number of months’ worth of financial support allocated to you.
  3. Request payment of your allocated financial support by following the procedures on the Board membership page.


Questions about requesting financial support for your co-participation body activities? Contact your faculty assessor.

The Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs knows several co-participation bodies in which students can participate.

Programme Committee (OLC)

As a member of the Programme Committee (PC), you have a say in education and other study-related matters. Programme Committees are composed of academic staff and students. Every year, at the beginning of the academic year, elections are organised for programme committee members. Make sure to keep an eye out for the application procedure.

Check the page of the PC of your study programme for more information on the tasks and composition of the current PC:

Faculty Council

Every faculty has a faculty council. After the university council, the faculty council is the second highest co-participation body within the university. The Faculty Council is the faculty’s advisory council and has both advisory rights as well as the right of consent on various matters concerning the faculty. As such, the council represents both students and staff and acts as a sounding board for the Faculty Board. 

The Faculty Council of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs (FGGA) is comprised of eight members: four staff members on behalf of all faculty employees and four student member who represent the faculty’s student body. 

University Council

The University Council (UR) is a democratically elected participation body in which students and staff of the University are represented. The Council is composed of eight staff members and eight student members from all faculties and supporting services.

The Council follows the decisions of the Executive Board critically, issues solicited or unsolicited advice and has a say in important decisions by the Board. This often concerns topics that directly affect students and employees, such as quality of education, new buildings or sustainability. Every spring, students elect new representatives for the University Council. 

Student Member Programme Board

The student member of the programme board joins board meetings and critically assesses all issues related to the course programme from a student perspective. In addition, the student member is the link between the course and fellow students. The student member  works together with other active students and the assessor of the Faculty Board in order to safeguard student interests as adequately as possible.

The FGGA knows student-members in the programme boards at the Institute of Public Administration and at Leiden University College.

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