Student representation

The University of Utrecht has many layers of management and in every layer, students are actively thinking about policies of those management bodies. Next to the management bodies, advisory councils also exist. These councils are there to control and logically give advice to the management organs.  

This page is here to give you an overview of the structure within the university and to enable you whom from Storm to contact in a specific case.

Executive Board (College van Bestuur)

The Executive Board is the highest administrative body within the university. The president, or chairman, of this board is professor Anton Pijpers. The Rector Magnificus is from this year on is professor Henk Kummeling. The third member and vice president is Drs.Margot van der Starre. To represent students, the student assesor participates in the weekly meetings of the Executive Board. This year, the Universitywide student assesor is Chiara Stam

Supervisory Board (Raad van Toezicht)

This board controls the Executive Board. The Executive Board requires the approval of the Supervisory Board on the Strategic Plan, the Annual Report and the Annual Accounts. Members from this body are appointed by the Minister of Education, Culture and Science.

University Council (Universiteitsraad)

This council looks after the interests of students and employees and communicates this to the Executive Board of Utrecht University. In this council, both students and staff members are represented. Students can elect new representatives every year. 

Faculty Board (Faculteitsbestuur)

The Faculty of Geosciences has a Faculty Board consisting of 6 people, with as Dean Wilco Hazeleger. There is one student member in this board, the student assessor, which is Tom van Munster this year. The Chairs and Commissioners of Educational affairs of the geofaculty study associations also have meetings with the student assessor. This way, Storm’s interest can be shared within the Faculty Board.

Faculty Council (Faculteitsraad)

The Faculty Council is the representative body for staff and students in each faculty. The Dean consults with the Faculty Council on matters concerning the Faculty Board and the organisation of the Faculty. The Council has right of consent in a number of important decisions of the Dean, such as the adoption of the faculty regulations and the Education and Examination Regulations. The Council of the Faculty of Geosciences consists of 16 members, half students half staff. The members are from the four different departments within this faculty; Earth Sciences (AW), Physical Geography (FG), Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development (SD, used to be IMEW), and Human Geography and Planning (SGPL). This study year, Marina d'Ago, Yejun Jung, and Jamie Grover represent the department of Sustainable Development in the Faculty Council. 

Department of Sustainable Development (SD)

As mentioned earlier, there are departments within the faculty. Both bachelor and master studies are part of the department of Sustainable Development. The bachelors are Global Sustainability Science (GSS) and Natuurwetenschap & Innovatiemanagement (NW&I). The masters are Sustainable Development (SD), Water Science and Management (WSM), Energy Science (ES), Sustainable Business and Innovation (SBI), and Innovation Sciences (IS).

The Director of Education of the department of SD decides, on behalf of the Dean of the faculty, on matters such as the binding study advice at the end of the first year. Also, the Director of Education coordinates the content and organisation of the bachelor studies. The Director of Education of Sustainable Development is Karin Rebel. Within each programme, there is also a Programme Leader. For GSS this is Margien Bootsma. For the master Water Science and Management this is Paul Schot and for the master Sustainable Development this is Frank van Laerhoven.

Education Committee of SD (Opleidingscommissie OC)

There is an Education Committee for the bachelor studies and one for the masters within the department. This committee is a programme advisory body, which consists of both students and lecturers. The advisory committee monitors the quality of education, brings up any bottlenecks for discussion and gives advice about the development and implementation of educational policy. For GSS, this year’s student members are Vera Pinho and Jelle de Bruijn. The committee can be contacted through the following mail address:

Course Evaluation Panel (CEP)

Storm has an Education committee called the EdProCie. Here, students organise the so-called CEPs to evaluate the courses of that period. The feedback they receive from students that attended those moments is communicated to the Education Committee of the department. They will thereafter decide how to use this feedback in communication and advice to lecturers and the management team.