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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  Catrin Böcher


Myrthe Sassen

Governance and Global Affairs

Rozemarijn Wortelboer

Humanities Sophie Casado Yanci


Marlies Smit


Britt Kraaijeveld


Aisling Foley

Social and Behavioural Sciences

Anouk Pronk

Every year, the Leiden University Student platform (LUS) presents the Leiden Teaching Prize for the best teacher of the year. This year has, however, been an extraordinary one in which every student has been obliged to continue his learning in a different way. It is therefore logical that the lecturers who have best formulated and implement this new education deserve to be put in the spotlight.

That is why this year there is the Leiden Remote Teaching Prize: an award for the lecturer who is the best and most creative in giving his or her classes from afar. Every student can nominate a lecturer via a simple online form. So nominate that lecturer who has been creative and effective in changing his or her classes. During the opening of the academic year in September, the top three lecturers will be centre stage. The winner will receive €25,000 towards educational improvements. The runners up will both win €2,500.

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Arianna Pranger lecturer of the year 2019-2020

Nominees Leiden Remote Teaching Prize 2020:

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, Lunch and High Tea 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. 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 Breakfast, Lunch and High Tea meeting: 

Thursday 10 October 2019


Monday 18 November 2019


Monday 16 December 2019


Friday 17 January 2020


Thursday 20 February 2020


Thursday 19 March 2020


Thursday 23 April 2020


Thursday 14 May 2020


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.





LUS members
Left to right: Myrthe Sassen, Britt Kraaijeveld, Rozemarijn Wortelboer, Marlies Smit, Catrin Böcher, Sophie Casado Yanci, Anouk Pronk, Aisling Foley
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