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University & Faculty Councils and Programme Committees

The 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.

The University Council

The role of the university council is to critically observe and advise the Executive Board and, when applicable, to assist the board with important decisions. The powers of the University Council are laid down in the Higher Education and Research Act (WHW) and the University Council Regulations (both only available in Dutch).

Faculty Councils

Every faculty has a faculty council. After the university council, the faculty council is the second highest co-participation body within the university. Faculty councils consist of both staff and student members. Find out more under your faculty tab or in the organisational structure.

Programme Committees

Every programme has a programme committee. Within programme committees, lecturers and students come together to discuss the education provided by the programme. Programme committees provide both solicited and unsolicited advice to programme boards, faculty boards and faculty councils, concerning the quality of education, the course and examination regulations (OER) and educational facilities. If further information is available about your programme committee, this can be found under your programme tab.

Playing a role in co-participation?

Are you interested in playing an active role in co-participation at Leiden University? To gain a clearer picture of the various co-participation bodies, you are welcome to attend their public meetings. For more information about co-participation via the university and faculty councils, you can contact the parties that are active within these councils. You could also consider  founding your own party. If you would like to become a member of a programme committee, get in touch with your programme’s own committee.

The Dean

Overall responsibility for all LUC affairs rests with the Dean, who is appointed and dismissed by the Executive Board of Leiden University at the recommendation of the Faculty Board of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs. The Dean chairs the College Board, the Programme Board and Board of Admissions of LUC.

College Board

The College Board is the executive organ of LUC and includes the functions of Dean, Educational Director, and Operational Manager. The College Board meets every week and collectively decides upon all LUC affairs under the chairpersonship of the Dean.

The Educational Director and Operational Manager have specific delegated responsibilities:

  • The Educational Director manages all educational affairs. This includes curriculum development and management, quality management, staff development, and educational policy development. In addition, the Educational Director is advisor to the Chair of the Admissions Committee
  • The Operational Manager heads the support staff and is responsible for administrative and campus affairs. The duties of the support staff include general secretarial work, course administration, admissions, exchange and study abroad, recruitment and communication, and student care.

College Board 2016-2017           

Prof. Dr. Judi Mesman

Dean (Chair)

Mrs. Lieke Schreel, MA

Educational Director

Dr. Kim Duistermaat

Operational Manager

Board of Admissions

The College Board also functions as the Board of Admissions. Decisions on admission applications are made by the Dean on the advice of the Educational Director (assisted by a team of staff members who are involved in the admission procedure) and with the formal approval of the Faculty Board of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs.

Research Centre

The College Board is responsible for LUC’s Research Centre, which seeks to promote and support research-led teaching and undergraduate research. The Centre is headed by two Directors.

Dr. Freya Baetens

Co-director (esp. for research in the field of the BA Majors)

Dr. Paul Hudson Co-director (esp. for research in the field of the BSc Majors)

College Council

The College Council is an internal advisory body to the College Board, consisting of eight members: two academic staff members, two support staff members, and four student members. Elections for the student members take place in the first block of the academic year and are open to the whole student body of LUC.

The College Council meets at least four times per year with the College Board. Regular points on the agenda of these meetings are the mid- and long-term strategy of LUC, working and living environment, and social and cultural affairs regarding the whole College. In formal matters (e.g., finances and reorganisation), the College Board has the right to consult staff members on the Council only.

Please note that although the College Council will be informed about issues and decisions with regards to the academic programme, the advisory capacity in this regard lies with the Programme Council (see below).

College Council 2016-2017



Dr. David Ehrhardt (Chair)

Frenkchris Sinay (Vice-Chair)

Dr. Brandon Zicha

Christina Abbelan Bustos

Marleen van Koetsveld

Malou den Dekker

Elke Laudij

Rachel Knibbe

Programme Board

The Dean and the Educational Director together with the Student Member constitute the Programme Board, which meets every other week. The Programme Board is responsible for programmatic decision-making, for managing the BA and BSc programmes as outlined in the Course and Examination Regulations, for quality control in the programme, for making the annual teaching-plan, and for developing and maintaining relations with academic units external to LUC (within Leiden University and beyond) for the purpose of running the programme.

Structural changes in the programme made by the Programme Board need the compliance of the Programme Council and the College Board before they are sent to the Faculty Board of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs for further approval.

Programme Board 2016-2017

Prof. Dr. Judi Mesman

Dean (Chair)

Mrs. Lieke Schreel, MA

Educational Director

Ms. Madelaine Alber

Student Member



The Programme Board meets at least twice per semester with the conveners of the Majors, who are responsible for the development and coherence of the content of the Majors and for contributing to the strategic development of the LUC programme as a whole. The Programme Board also consults on a regular basis the conveners of the Minors and of the compulsory first-year courses. All conveners are part of the academic staff of LUC.

Convenors 2016-2017


Dr. Thijs Bosker

Earth, Energy & Sustainability

Dr. Jessica Kiefte-de Jong

Global Public Health

Dr. Beatrix Futak-Campbell

World Politics

Dr. Bríd Walsh

International Justice

Dr. Ann Wilson

Human Diversity

Dr. Brandon Zicha

Governance, Economics, and Development

Double Degree BA/LL.B.

Dr. Freya Baetens

Double degree BA (LUC) / LL.B. (Leiden Law School)


Dr. Anar Ahmadov


Dr. David Zetland

Social and Business Entrepreneurship

Mr. Aernout van Lynden


Mrs. Lieke Schreel, MA

Contact person for Languages (including linguistics track)

Dr. Daniela Vicherat Mattar

Gender Studies

First-year Courses and Global Citizenship

Dr. David Ehrhardt

Global Challenges – Prosperity

Dr. Daniela Vicherat Mattar

Global Challenges – Diversity | Global Citizenship – Paradoxes of Citizenship

Dr. Peter Houben

Global Challenges – Sustainability

Dr. Maja Vodopivec

Global Challenges – Peace & Justice

Mrs. Lieke Schreel, MA

Contact person for General Education – History of Science

Dr. Adam Buben

General Education – History of Philosophy

Dr. Patsy Haccou

Academic Skills – Mathematics / Statistics

Mrs. Jacqueline Hylkema, MA

Academic Skills – Academic Writing

Dr. Sarah Hinman

Global Citizenship – Urban Studies

Dr. Ann Wilson

Global Citizenship – Community Project


Capstone Coordinator

The Capstone (bachelor’s thesis) is the final assessment of LUC’s academic programme. Research and writing are overseen by the supervisor. The final product is assessed by both supervisor and reader, one of whom should be based at LUC. The overall management of the Capstone process is in the hands of the Capstone Coordinator.

For more information, including the LUC Capstone Repository, visit the ‘Thesis and paper writing’ page.

Capstone Coordinator 2016-2017

Dr. Lucie Zicha

Capstone Coordinator

Patricia Garcia Fernandez

Assistant to the Capstone Coordinator

Programme Council

The Programme Council is a legal advisory body, consisting of ten members: five academic staff and five student members. Elections for the student members take place in the first block of the academic year and are open to the whole student body of LUC. The duties of the Programme Council are (a) to advise on the formulation and amendment of the Course and Examination Regulations of the programme; (b) to evaluate each year the implementation of the Course and Examination Regulations; (c) to advise, on its own initiative or upon request, on any other matters concerning the teaching programme. The Programme Council sends its advice to the Programme Board (a, b, and c) and to the Faculty Council (a, c) of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs for inspection.

The Programme Council can be contacted via programmecouncil@luc.leidenuniv.nl.

Programme Council 2016-2017



Dr. Sarah Hinman (Chair)

Anne Geschke

Dr. Adam Buben

Eunjung Oh

Dr. Diana Branduse

Jan Minke Contreras

Dr. Peter Houben

Jeanine Schriemer

Dr. Maja Vodopivec                         

Filip Kostanecki

Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is an external advisory body to the College Board, consisting of eight members: the Dean of the Honours Academy of Leiden University, full professors of Leiden University who are an authority in the field of the Majors offered in LUC’s academic programme, and high-profile experts in the Liberal Arts & Sciences educational philosophy outside Leiden University. The Advisory Council meets once per year with the College Board and typically addresses issues pertaining to the Liberal Arts & Sciences and honours profile of LUC in the context of its university-wide mission.

Board of Examiners

The Board of Examiners is an independent legal body within LUC’s organisation and consists of four members of LUC’s academic staff and an external member. Members are appointed by the Faculty Board of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs.

The Board has a number of responsibilities. Primarily, it is tasked with determining whether a student meets the requirement, specified in the Course and Examination Regulations, regarding the knowledge, understanding, and skills that are necessary to obtain a degree from LUC. To this end it is additionally responsible for ensuring that the outcomes of assessments and examinations adequately reflect the attainment of the learning objectives of LUC’s curriculum. It does so by means of a number of quality assurance procedures, including periodical reviews of grades and evaluations that students receive in LUC’s courses. The Board is also responsible for enforcing the regulations concerning fraud and academic misconduct.

Students can write to the Board if they have questions, concerns, or complaints about issues that fall within the purview of the Board. This includes requests that are directly related to their study programme, such as requests for course exemptions, transfer of credits, and external courses. The Board endeavours to respond within fifteen working days.

For more information on the Board of Examiners and to download request forms, see the Board of Examiners page.

IMPORTANT: Please note the difference between LUC’s Board of Examiners and the Examination Appeals Board of Leiden University. If you disagree with a decision of LUC’s Board of Examiners, you can lodge an appeal with the University’s Examination Appeals Board. The Examination Appeals Board also hears cases regarding negative binding study advice, grading decisions by individual examiners, and decisions with regard to admission to programmes (among others). You should lodge your appeal within 6 weeks after you received the decision in question. For more information on the Examination Appeals Board, see the Faculty and study programme regulations section on the student website.  

The Board of Examiners is supported by its secretary. The Board of Examiners can be contacted at boe@luc.leidenuniv.nl

Board of Examiners 2016-2017

Dr. Anar Ahmadov (Chair)

Dr. Thijs Bosker (Vice-Chair)

Dr. Joris Larik

Dr. Darinka Piqani

Prof. dr. Rob van der Vaart, Utrecht University (external)


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