Students can stand as candidates during university elections via a party. On this page, the student parties present themselves.
“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.
If you are experiencing problems or have suggestions for improvements, we would like to talk to you in person. You can contact us email@example.com of our Facebook page.”
Visit the CSL website (in Dutch)
"The Democratic Students Party - The Hague (DSP) aims to represent the interests of all students of Campus The Hague in the democratic co-participation bodies of Leiden University. The DSP’s main focus is improving the facilities of Campus The Hague and fighting for better student housing. As the student party with the first ever international representative on the University Council and coming from a campus with a substantial international presence, the DSP has also taken on itself the task of representing the interests of the often overlooked international students of our university. 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.
"Your student days are a wonderful time. Especially in our beautiful student city, with its rich student association culture and endless opportunities. As the only liberal student party in Leiden, the LSP wants students to be given more opportunity to develop themselves alongside their studies. We believe that every student is capable of following his or her heart and setting the right priorities, and that the university should stimulate students to make their own choices whenever possible. After all, there’s a good reason why the university’s motto has long been 'Praesidium Libertatis’: Bastion of Liberty."
Visit the LSP website (in Dutch)
“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.
“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.
The Party for (Bio)Medical Students (PBMS) wants to give the LUMC a voice at university level. This year was the first time an LUMC-member sat on the University Council: and with success! For example, the propaedeutic requirement for the (half-)minors has been removed.
The main focus of the party is the reform of the coparticipation in the university and the promotion of student welfare. We want every faculty and study program to be structurally represented in the councils. The coparticipatory bodies must involve all students in decision-making in an accessible way - it must not be for just the representatives themselves. We also believe that the university should play a greater role in the physical and mental health of its students, for example by linking student psychologists to specific faculties.
In addition, we focus on a sustainable university: PBMS advocates a sustainability plan in which Leiden University will be CO2 neutral by 2030. Furthermore, optimal self-development for the student by, among other things, full freedom of choice in the (half-) minor, facilitating inter-faculty and inter-university education, more intensive supervision and scholarships for students to gain international experience and making education more flexible with digital tools, such as the standard recording of lectures.