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).
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.
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.
If you want to have a say in matters that concern education, you can join the faculty co-participation council or the Education Committee.
The Faculty Councilis the representative body of our faculty, whose role it is to criticaly follow the Faculty Board, advise and sometimes participate in decisions on important issues. Both staff and students are represented. During elections will be determined who will serve on the Faculty Council. Each month the Faculty Board and Council meet to consider matters such as finance, personnel, education and facility services.
Agendas and minutes can be found on the Dutch students website page of the Faculty Council.
The current members of The Faculty Council can be found in the organisational structure.
Department Teaching Committee
The department teaching committee comprises lecturers and students. The committee is responsible for the evaluation of the programme and its components. It is the main body where concrete problems on education and the programme can be put down.
Each degree programme has its own deparment teaching committee (Opleidingscommissie or OC in Dutch), in which both students and staff are represented. The committee has an independent position within the degree programme and is responsible for the execution of the course and programme evaluations.
The Department teaching committee also advises on the course and examination regulations and other important affairs concerning teaching and education.
Based on the composition and procedures the committee is the most important body where students can lay down their problems regaring teaching and education. Through the Department teaching committee students are able to contribute to the improvement of the quality of teaching and education.
All current members of the committees can be found in the organisational structure.
Education Committee Computer Science (BSc)
The Education Committee of the BSc Computer Science (including the specializations Informatics & Economics, and Bioinformatics) is responsible for the execution of course and program evaluations and advises on the education and exam regulations and other important matters concerning education. With this the committee monitors the quality of education. The Committee for the Computer Science bachelor program consists of 3 student members, 3 staff members and an official secretary. Students who make an active contribution to the committee receive a financial compensation for this. Because of this composition and the powers that the committee has, the committtee is the most important institution where students can turn to with complaints about education, suggestions for improvement of education and for course evaluations.
What does an Education Committee do?
The Education Committee has a number of tasks set by the legislator:
- Advise on the Education and Examination Regulations (OER)
- Evaluate annually the manner of implementation of the OER
- Issuing advice or requesting advice to the program board and the dean on all matters relating to education in the study program.
How does an Education Committee work?
The Higher Education and Scientific Research Act (WHW) and the faculty regulations prescribe that:
- The Board (in our case the Education Director) regularly consults with the Education Committee on the course of events in the program.
- The committee has the opportunity to consult with the board before the committee issues an advice.
- The board informs the committee in writing as soon as possible of the manner in which the advice given is followed up.
The current members of the Education Committee Informatica (BSc) until 1 November 2018:
• Dr. Frank Takes (Chair)
• Dr. Mitra Baratchi (staff member)
• Dr. Todor Stefanov (staff member)
• Murk de Roos (Student member)
• Valerié Paul (Student Member)
• Eva van Houten (student member)
• Jaap Blok (Advisory member)
• Drs. Esme Caubo (official secretary)
Suggestions for improvement?
The opinion of students is an important criterion for the quality of education. The Education Committee ensures that students are heard at, for example, the annual adoption of the education and examination regulations, the curriculum and evaluations of given courses. But ad hoc advice is also welcome. As a student you can always contact your education committee with suggestions for improving education.
Do you have a complaint, suggestion or a question? Send an e-mail to: