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 professor Henk Kummeling. The third member and vice president is professor Annetje Ottow.


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 7 people, with as Dean Piet Hoekstra. There is one student member in this board, which this year will be Inès Youssef. The commissioners of educational affairs of the geo study associations also have meetings with this student member. 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 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). In the year 2017-2018 Florette Reijman and Vincent de Haes were member of the Council for the SD department. This study year Laura Doan will represent SD in the 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. The bachelors are Global Sustainability Science (GSS) and Natuurwetenschap & Innovatiemanagement (NW&I). There are four masters: Sustainable Development (SD), Water Science and Management (WSM), 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 in the end of the first year. Also, he/she coordinates the content and organisation of the bachelor studies. Now, the Director of Education is Jacco Farla. Within one programme, there is a Programme Leader. For GSS is this Margien Bootsma. Paul Schot is the one for the masters Sustainable Development, and Water Science and Management.


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 will be Saré Geurts and Tom van den Top.


Course Evaluation Panel (OEP)

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.