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Elections 2022 | Go and vote!

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The University elections took place from 16 to 20 May 2022 and were for the student sections of the University Council and the Faculty Councils.

The results of the elections were announced during the election meeting on Monday, May 23.

Election debate

On Monday 16 May, the Groninger Student Union (GSb; Groninger Studentenbond) organized the annual election debate. You can now watch the recordings of the debate between the student party candidates for the University Council online.

University Council, Faculty Councils and Employee Councils.

Consultative participation councils are of great importance. By voting, you can exercise your influence in a variety of areas within the UG. The University Council discusses topics that are important for the entire University community, such as budgets, teaching, research, student facilities and the University’s strategic agenda.

The Faculty Councils discuss topics such as faculty budgets, Faculty regulations, Teaching and Examination Regulations and a variety of teaching matters.

Participating parties, standpoints and voting guide

The Central Electoral Office (CSB: Centraal Stembureau) has asked all parties a number of questions, to give you more insight into the parties’ viewpoints.

Still not sure who to vote for? Do the voting guide, made by the Ukrant and the Groninger Studentenbond. Answer ten statements and you’ll be given an overview telling you which party you agree with most!

What is the University Council?

The University of Groningen (UG) has a University Council. This 'U-council' (UR) consists of twenty-four members: twelve elected from and by the students each year, and twelve from and by the staff every other year. The UR members together represent the academic community. They constitute the highest democratically elected body within the governance of the university.

The University Council is in charge of various tasks, such as checking the policy-making of the Board of the University (CvB), the renovation of the University buildings, general teaching and exam regulations, and the annual University budget. The UR has the right of consent and can therefore vote on specific documents or measures.

Currently, there are four student parties: Lijst Calimero, Studenten Organisatie Groningen (SOG), De Vrije Student/The Independent Student and The Doughnut Party. The amount of seats per party is divided each year, during the university elections in May. The staff members are elected every two years.

Faculty Council and Employee council

After the University Council, the faculty councils are the highest consultative participation bodies within the University. They act as intermediaries between the various departments within each faculty. These councils have the right of approval and the right to issue advice on all sorts of topics relevant to the faculties. These councils also act as representatives of students and staff within their respective faculties and as sounding boards for their respective faculty boards.

Four of the University of Groningen service units have employee councils (the Office of the University, the University Library, CIT and the University Services Department). Employee councils consist solely of staff members who are elected by the staff of the service units concerned. The elections for the University Services Department have been postponed and will take place at a later date.

The timeline

Here you will find the timeline of these elections, information about the different steps in the election process, links to the official announcements, the list of candidates, the election programs and the elections themselves.

February 1 | Election announcement

On Februari 1, 2022 everyone concerned will be informed by the Central Electoral Office (CSB) about the Elections 2022.

February 7| The Election Register

On Februari 7, 2022 the electoral register will be adopted. More information about the Electoral Register you can find in he Electoral Regulations and in the accompanying appendix 2.

February 21 | Candidacy announcement

On Februari 21, 2022 the official Announcement 2 – Candidacy will be presented.

March 8 - 15 | Candidacy

From 8 March to 15 March 2022 you can apply for the Elections 2022.

The lists of candidates will be established on 4 April 2022.

March 28 - April 22 | The Candidates

From March 28 to April 22, candidates can complete their candidate profile.

April 25 | My Candidates

From April 25 2022 you will find information about the candidates below.

May 16 - 20 | Voting

The elections will start on Monday, May 16, 2022 at 7:00 a.m.

The elections will close on Friday, May 20, 2022 at 5:00 p.m..

May 23 | The Results

The results will be officially announced on Mon day 23 May 2022.

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