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Active co-participation

Co-participation is an important democratic right. At various levels (departmental, faculty, university or national) you can participate in decision-making and advisory processes concerning Leiden University and its education programmes.

If you become a member of a co-participation body, you are entitled to request financial support for board membership activities.

University & faculty councils and programme committees
Are you interested in playing an active role in the university or faculty council, or your programme committee? 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.

Leiden Assessors Committee  

The Leiden Assessors Committee  (LAssO) is a consultative body made up of the student members of each faculty board.

Leiden University Student Platform

The Leiden University Student Platform (LUS) advises the Executive Board on matters of education and student affairs. The platform is also responsible for the awarding of the Leiden Teaching prize (Leidse Onderwijsprijs). All students are entitled to play an active role on the LUS.

National organisations

As a student of Leiden University you can also let your voice be heard in national organisations that represent the interests of students, for example the Dutch Student Union (LSVb), or the Interstedelijk Studenten Overleg (interurban students’ organisation). 


In the Faculty of Humanities, students are represented in the following boards and committees: the departmental teaching committee, the department administration ór the institute administration and board, the faculty council and the faculty board. In all these consultation bodies, the student representatives protect the general interests of the students in Humanities.

Departmental boards

Each bachelor’s and each (research) master’s programme has a Departmental Board. The Departmental Board is responsible for the relevant teaching programme, i.e. for designing and implementing the teaching programme. The Board comprises a member of the academic staff as departmental chairman (bachelor’s) or programme coordinator (master’s), generally a professor, and a student from the department in question. 

The Departmental Boards for bachelor’s programmes are responsible to the vice-dean, the portfolio-manager for teaching within the Faculty Board. The tasks carried out by the Boards of the master’s programmes fall ultimately within the responsibility of the dean of the Graduate School. This dean is also the dean of the Faculty, and chairman of the Faculty Board.

Departmental Teaching Committee

The faculties have developed a quality assessment system for the purpose of safeguarding the quality of the teaching programmes. The main body involved in this system is the Departmental Teaching Committee. Each programme has its own committee.

You are always free to contact the Departmental Teaching Committee with teaching-related questions or complaints. You can also play a role yourself by becoming a member. As a student member, you can exercise influence on all possible aspects of teaching within your department.   

Faculty council

The Faculty Council has approval and advisory rights on a range of faculty matters, including teaching. It operates as the representative of the students and of the scientific and administrative staff with regard to significant decisions. The Faculty Council comprises nine staff members and nine student members, from different parties. More information about the Faculty Council and the issues which are discussed within this body can be found at the Faculty Council website.

Faculty Board

The Faculty Board comprises a dean (responsible for the master’s programmes), a vice-dean (responsible for the bachelor’s programmes and teaching in general), a portfolio-manager (or director) for operational management and a student member (also known as ‘assessor’).  

The Board is responsible for the general operational management of the faculty in the field of teaching, research and organisation/operational management. The assessor, a student member, represents the interests of the students within the faculty.   

The student member can be found in room 132 of the Lipsius Building, telephone 071-527 2299 or 527 2318 (faculty office). E-mail: assessor@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Advisory Committee on Teaching

The permanent Advisory Committee on Teaching (Dutch) advises the Faculty Board and the Faculty Council on all matters related to teaching (across departments).  This independent committee comprises six staff members (at least one study advisor) and five student members.

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