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.
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).
The Faculty Council advises the Faculty Board solicited and unsolicited advice on all matters on Faculty level relating to teaching, research, and organisation.
Half of the Faculty Council is elected from and by the staff, the other half from and by the students. The members of the Council are elected in accordance with the regulations concerning University elections (Dutch), as drawn up by the University Executive Board.
Research Master’s Programme Committee (R-MOC)
The Research Master’s Programme Committee acts as advisor to the Programme Board. In other to ensure a broad basis for advice, the Committee includes 5 students, in addition to one lecturer for each research master track.
The Committee deals with various issues related to programme quality control, including the discussion of individual course evaluations, the yearly approval of the Course & Examination Regulations, the educational programme, and proposals for reforms. The Institute Master's Programme Committee is responsible for the constant process of adjusting and modifying the education programme, for instance, by means of education evaluations, both small-scale and large-scale.
Students are encouraged to participate as much as possible in the resulting reorganisations of education.
The Research Master’s Programme Committee meets about four times a year. The sessions are open to the public. Students contribute to the R-MPC's activities through regular written education evaluations and evaluation panels. In addition, students can always approach members of the R-MPC with remarks concerning the programme.
Read more information on the Research Master’s Programme Committee and its members
International Student Platform
International students who want to have a say in our programme are welcome to the International Student Platform (ISP). The ISP meets at least three times a year.
Educational problems specific for international students
The International Student Platform (ISP) is mainly concerned with educational problems specific for international students. But there is enough space to discuss all possible bottlenecks that international students are facing during their stay at Leiden University.
The ISP meets at least three times a year.
Read all about the International Student Platform and its members.
The International Student Platform (ISP) is a subcommittee of the Master's Programme Committee (MPC, or MOC in Dutch).