Members of the University Council and faculty councils are selected by way of elections in which staff and students can stand as party candidates.
Leiden University has three parties that represent staff members. These are FNV Overheid, Universitair Belang and PhDoc, the latter being specifically for PhD candidates and post docs.
There are also four student parties, which are listed here below.
Bewust en Progressief (BeP)
Improved sustainability, lectures available online and easier exam registration are some of the issues for which BeP stands. Their name translates as ‘aware and progressive’.
BeP prides itself on its active and shrewd councillors. These councillors must go through a strenuous application procedure during which their skills are critically evaluated. BeP believes in the importance of individualised personal development for all students. The length of your studies is not important. It is what you do with your time as a student that counts. BeP believes in a modern approach to studying and a modern university. This means green energy and the sustainable use of buildings and materials.
BeP understands what can be achieved and has turned many great plans into reality.
Christelijke Studentenfractie Leiden (CSL)
The Christelijke Studentenfractie Leiden, or ‘Leiden Christian Students Group’, has held seats on the University Council and faculty councils for many years. CSL is committed to representing the entire university community and aims to find the best possible solutions for all. Students are entitled to appropriate education and a sustainable university.
CSL believes that students must always be given the opportunity to develop themselves both within and outside their studies. Your time as a student is an excellent period for personal development. CSL thinks in terms of solutions and, in doing so, always aims for the best results from an ethical Christian perspective. This is evident both in its opinions and in its way of doing business. Critical and constructive.
Contact CSL by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lijst Vooruitstrevende Studenten (LVS)
De Lijst Vooruitstrevende Studenten (LVS) is the largest and most diverse student party in Leiden. Their name translates as ‘party for progressive students’. LVS has three seats on the University Council. It is also the only party that has representatives appointed in a personal capacity on the council of the faculty of Governance & Global Affairs and the Leiden Student Council.
The cornerstones of LVS are personal development, quality of education and the provision of information. Students should not be seen as statistics and the university’s priority should be the imparting of knowledge rather than high pass rates. The core task of the university must be the personal development of its students, for which extra-curricular experiences are essential.
‘If more is to be expected from students, students may also expect more from their university!’ This is the message that LVS tries to get across to the councils.
Ondernemende Studenten Leiden (ONS Leiden)
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’. ONS opposes the growing number of measures that discourage students from undertaking additional activities in Leiden. Take for example the discontinuation of the ‘doorstroommaster’ (automatic admission of Bachelor’s graduates onto directly related Master’s programmes).
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. If energy bills are lower more money can be invested in education and research.