Students can stand as candidates during university elections via a party. On this page, the student parties present themselves.
Democratic Students Party – The Hague stands for a university where students have equal opportunities and is against double standards in every form. Like all parties, we value the quality of your education and well-being, but we also know that access and opportunities are not equal across faculties, campuses and student backgrounds. We were the first student party to ensure direct representation of international students in the University Council. DSP has also ensured that both the student community of Campus The Hague and the larger international student community have a seat at the table. Because we believe in "nothing about students, without students". If it's about you, you should be able to have a say.
Among other things, our councillors have achieved a renewed focus on student wellbeing and psychologists in both cities, affordable menstrual products at university, more attention for social safety, more facilities in The Hague and are a critical voice in the discussion about limiting the number of international students.
Because we believe in the value of an international and diverse university, and we do not shy away from being a critical voice for change. Whether this is about links with the fossil fuel industry or being a voice for students impacted by war. We stand for transparent decision-making and a university that takes responsibility. Leiden University should be a place where you feel welcome on campus, where your opinions are heard and where discrimination is not tolerated. DSP: For one university in two cities, that works for all students.
Visit the DSP website for more information.
"Your student days are a wonderful time. Especially in our beautiful student city, with its rich student association culture and endless opportunities. As the only liberal student party in Leiden, the LSP wants students to be given more opportunity to develop themselves alongside their studies. We believe that every student is capable of following his or her heart and setting the right priorities, and that the university should stimulate students to make their own choices whenever possible. After all, there’s a good reason why the university’s motto has long been 'Praesidium Libertatis’: Bastion of Liberty."
Visit the LSP website (in Dutch)
“De Lijst Vooruitstrevende Studenten (party for progressive students) strives for the creation of a diverse and inclusive university, in all respects. The university should be a place where all students can develop on a personal level, irrespective of their background, nationality or (dis)abilities. This means that the university must focus on supporting students in their education, their well-being and a green university. LVS is there for every student, to build an inclusive university together with its members.
If more is to be expected from students these days, students can also expect more from their university! This is the message that LVS wants to get across in the councils. Therefore we aim for seats on every faculty council and ask our members to be active and professional.
“ONS Leiden is committed to supporting proactive students who want to achieve more during their student days than just completing their studies. Their name translates as ‘Leiden entrepreneurial students’. How does that work in a corona crisis? ONS ensures the availability of student workplaces and is working on better student wellbeing awareness and information in the strategic plan for upcoming years with special attention for the international student.
The university must do more for its international students. This group is often overlooked and insufficiently incorporated into the university community. ONS also strives for a more sustainable university. This is not only good for the environment, but also makes financial sense. We want clear communication concerning the topic of physical education in corona time. The university should provide creative solutions and should more spaces where students can work together in small groups.
"The Party for (Bio)Medical Students (PBMS) wants to give LUMC a voice at university level. For the past two years, there has been an LUMC member on the University Council: and with success! For example, the propaedeutic requirement for minors has been removed throughout the whole university.
The main focus points for the party are the reform of co-participation in the university, the promotion of student welfare, and giving a more prominent role to internationalisation. We see that students are not involved in university and faculty councils: they are unware of their existence, don’t realise what they can do for them and don’t feel represented. Co-participation bodies must involve all students in decision-making in an accessible way - it shouldn’t be just for the representatives themselves. The university should also promote student wellbeing with smart innovate ideas, especially now we are studying from home a great deal of the time. Has corona brought about any positive changes or should education return to normal as soon as possible? And in our building: are there enough study spaces, IT facilities and support facilities? PBMS wants to tackle these issues.
We are also placing emphasis on internationalisation: PBMS is calling for a clear internationalisation plan through which Leiden University can be seen to all to be a world university. With its defining Bio-Science Park, well-known Law school and world-renowned Centre for Linguistics, this should be a higher priority for Leiden University.
The PBMS is a party that works differently: in which the student comes first and problems are identified and dealt with quicker. PBMS: why make things difficult when we can do things together.