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 student parties, which are listed here below.
Christelijke Studentenfractie Leiden (CSL)
CSL has held seats on the University Council and the faculty councils for Law, Humanities, Social Sciences and Science for many years. Every student is important to CSL and it is our priority to ensure that all students have easy access to education (whether you have a disability, suffer from stress, are doing a double degree, or are undertaking student board duties). CSL is committed to representing the entire university community and aims to find the best possible solutions for all. Students have the right to appropriate, personal 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. This is evident both in our views and our way of doing business. Critical and constructive.
The Democratic Students Party - The Hague (DSP)
The Democratic Students Party - The Hague (DSP), through its candidate Viktor Blichfeldt, aims to be the representative of all students of Campus The Hague at the highest level of student democracy at Leiden University, namely the University Council. The DSP believes that the students of Campus The Hague experience unique issues that come with living and studying in The Hague. Yet these issues are not dealt with in a proper and timely manner by Leiden University and its democratic bodies, as there is no student party focused on representing the interests of Campus The Hague on the University Council. Working with the other student parties of the University Council, we aim to solve this lack of representation and give all students of Campus The Hague a voice, no matter their nationality or study program.
Lijst Vooruitstrevende Studenten (LVS)
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 student development, of which important aspects are the stimulation of extra-curricular experiences and attention for students who need extra support or guidance. LVS is for ambitious students, who want to get more out of themselves, both within and outside their study programmes.
LVS is committed to the maintenance and improvement of the quality of education and the provision of information. After all, knowledge transfer is the goal of the university.
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.
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.