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Participating parties, standpoints and candidates

More information about the participating parties

Lijst Calimero

Lijst Calimero is the biggest party in the University Council and it focuses on the most important issues arising in the life of a student: well-being, diversity and inclusion, best quality education, sustainability and interdisciplinarity. Moreover, we came up with different proposals such as offering free menstruation products in all university buildings or lowering the BSA in 2021. Quality is a choice, so make yours!

solliciteren@lijstcalimero.nl

www.lijstcalimero.nl/solliciteren/

Studenten Organisatie Groningen (SOG)

The SOG is the oldest student party in the Council and wants to make sure that students in Groningen have ample opportunities to develop themselves, both within and outside their studies. We cooperate closely with Groninger student organisations and give special attention to promoting entrepreneurship, making the University more sustainable, and giving you more flexibility to plan your own studies.

sollicitatie@studentenorganisatie.nl

https://www.studentenorganisatie.nl/(...)-to-the-next-faction

The Independent Student / De Vrije Student

The Independent Student is the broadest student party in Groningen and we stand for a university where you are in control. You as a student must be able to organise your studies as you see fit, whether that means a board year or an internship. In addition to the U-Council list, you can also apply for The Independent Student lists of the faculties Arts, Law and FEB.

soco dvs-groningen.nl

www.dvs-groningen.nl

The Doughnut Party

The Doughnut Party strives for equity among scholarship PhD students. We strive to improve the well-being of all students at the University of Groningen.

contact@doughnutparty.nl

www.doughnutparty.nl

From 16-20 May, the elections for the student and staff factions of the University Council will take place. The Central Electoral Office (CSB: Centraal Stembureau) has asked all parties a number of questions, which party will you vote for?

Stand points

1. Corona seems to be over. How to shape education at the RUG in the coming period? How hybrid can or should it be?

Lijst Calimero

We should keep the positive aspects of online education, such as the recording of lectures, using knowledge clips, and making education more accessible for those who experience trouble coming to class physically. However, digital means should mainly be used to support physical education, not to replace it.

Studenten Organisatie Groningen (SOG)

We find it important that students can study flexibly so there is space for extracurricular activities. However, we also find it important that students are coming back to the lecture halls. This is good for study results and for students’ social connections in Groningen. We expect that hybrid education will have a big role in the future of the University, and we find it important that the options for hybrid education are well explored. We would like to see hybrid education with the focus on physical education, but with high-quality options to online alternatives. With this, it is important that students are actively involved in the online learning environment, and that it is not at the expense of social interaction.

De Vrije Student

We at The Independent Student believe in an educational culture within the university that is as free as possible. One of the things that go with that is accessible education. We believe that physical education is the norm, but that lectures should be recorded as standard. This way, every student can look back at the lectures.

Doughnut Party

Students should come to class in the absence of symptoms. As it has been proven that live education stimulates learning, as corona allows, hybrid teaching should be phased out as the main method of teaching. However, the option to maintain hybrid learning should be available for teachers to provide flexible courses. As the University of Groningen pushes for interdisciplinary minors and courses, catering to the needs of students who have varied schedules is essential.

2. Name three measures to further improve education at the RUG.

Lijst Calimero

  • We should expand research opportunities for students at both bachelors and masters levels,
  • We should improve and expand blended learning,
  • And we should make the curriculum more interdisciplinary.

Studenten Organisatie Groningen (SOG)

  • Regular exam schedules with no exams in the evening and the weekend.
  • A flexible academic schedule that offers the opportunity to be active and develop yourself in- and outside your studies
  • Exploring the opportunity to switch to a semester method instead of a block method, which may offer more time to learn from your courses and that offers more flexibility in the academic calendar.

De Vrije Student

  • Well-developed hybrid education,
  • No mandatory attendance for seminars
  • And flexible studying.

Doughnut Party

  • Hire more teachers under sustainable conditions (permanent positions with career perspective) to alleviate teaching pressures.
  • Less money and authority to educational bureaus,
  • Re-evaluate BA/BSc programmes to bring back the academic character of university education (university education has become too much like highschool education).
3. What would you like to wish the teachers of the RUG for the coming period?

Lijst Calimero

We would like to ask the teachers to keep an eye out for each other and for students, the past two years have been tough on all of us.

Studenten Organisatie Groningen (SOG)

Many teachers missed the students in the lecture halls and are done with staring at black screens, without receiving any social interaction. The coming period, we wish the lecturers of the RUG a nice transition period with slow movements towards a sustainable hybrid education format, where they can teach about their passions in a normal way.

De Vrije Student

We are aware that during the corona period the workload has increased enormously for teachers. We have a lot of respect for how flexible lecturers have been and still do their best to provide the best possible education. In addition, the lecturers say that if you have a problem as a student, you can always come to them. Thank you so much for this, teachers :) However, we at The Independent Student are aware that steps need to be taken to reduce the workload for teachers.

Doughnut Party

That they will receive better pay and labor conditions from the RUG. In addition, provide opportunities to conduct research projects and internships across different disciplines as part of one’s programme. By providing support to RUG lecturers to facilitate this, students will have a more enriched educational opportunity within the RUG

4. Is there a limit to the number of students studying at the RUG? If so, by what means is that limit determined?

Lijst Calimero

The limit has been reached as long as many students stay in emergency housing and employees succumb to excessive workloads. Under current conditions, it is becoming increasingly difficult to provide each student with the small-scale education and personal attention that we value so highly. Growth must be addressed at the source through clear communication about the housing shortage and not actively recruiting students from abroad. Selection is an emergency brake that should only be used in extreme cases. Higher education must remain accessible to all who want and are able to study.

Studenten Organisatie Groningen (SOG)

The University has a large and diverse student community and we wish for a place for every student. It is great to see that Groningen attracts this many students each year. We think it is incredibly important that student facilities are adjusted to the amount of students that study at the University. However, the amount of students should not be at the expense of the quality of education. To guarantee this, the University should take the capacity of faculties and programmes into account when marketing the University to future students.

De Vrije Student

De Vrije Student does not answer this question, because we think the university has nothing to say about it.

Doughnut Party

Yes, there is a limit. This is determined by the ratio between teachers and students per study programme (currently, and in general, there are too many students vis-à-vis teachers). By increasing the number of students but not providing enough teachers/academic staff, the education will suffer.

5. What do you think of the student facilities available? Are there any gaps? What would you like to change?

Lijst Calimero

We believe that more can be done to assist students with disabilities. To do so, the RUG should actively reach out to students with disabilities to get them involved in decision making processes that affect them.

Studenten Organisatie Groningen (SOG)

The University offers students many options to receive support and to become active. We find it important that the availability of student facilities are adequately based on the amount of students that study at the University. We strive toward a University that makes students feel at home in Groningen, that offers enough support and that is accessible to all students.

De Vrije Student

A problem is the lack of study places for our students. Every year, the number of students enrolling at our university grows, but the number of study places does not grow at the same rate. Many students live in crowded student houses, and large student complexes or simply cannot study at home. For these students, more space is needed especially during exam periods. Unfortunately, what you see is that this is simply not the case. The Independent Student would like to see more opportunities for this and for these opportunities to really make a difference. 

Doughnut Party

Facilities could be improved by paying more substantial attention to student wellbeing. Currently, waiting lists for student psychologists are too long and confidential advisors too hard to find. Providing meditation courses is not taking students’ problems seriously.

Additionally there needs to be more support for (international) students to find suitable housing under fair conditions.

6. How is the preparation for the labor market in the studies of the RUG?

Lijst Calimero

The RUG has had low employability ratings for years. This means that the preparation for the labor market is perceived as poor. To counteract this, two things need to happen. Firstly, students need to be made aware of their skills and how these align with the labor market. Secondly, employability should be incorporated into the curriculum more.

Studenten Organisatie Groningen (SOG)

There is a lot of space for improvement in this area. The RUG is doing great in the area of research, but there are many students that choose a different area for their future career path. We argue for more possibilities to develop practical skills, for example the possibility of going on an internship during your minor. At the moment, there are few options for doing this, but in comparison to following a standard minor trajectory, these are less profitable in terms of credits. Next to that, the RUG could support student organizations and initiatives, to give students the freedom to develop themselves outside of their regular programs.

De Vrije Student

At the Independent Student, we believe in a flexible university, in other words, a place where students have the space to develop themselves in the way they need. The university is well on its way to realizing this; however, we still notice a lot of rigidity in the classification of studies. In order to be well prepared for the labor market, students must have the time to experiment with, for example, voluntary work, jobs, internships, etc. Unfortunately, many students say they do not have the time for this. Besides studying, these kinds of experiences are of course also important for the development and preparation for the labor market.

Doughnut Party

It does so well but only if the student is looking to pursue a higher degree.  By implementing more challenge based learning internships/research projects in study programmes, students will be able to apply theory into practice and develop better skill sets for the workplace. The development of a T-shaped professional is important while maintaining, the academic character of teaching.

7. There are numerous problems with student housing in Groningen (too few, too expensive, inadequate quality, nuisance). What can or should the university do about this?

Lijst Calimero

In the short term, the university must communicate better and more transparently with students about the housing shortage. Students who cannot find a room and therefore cannot pursue their studies here should be advised not to come to Groningen and have alternative plans at hand. It is important that there is help for this group. No student should be sleeping on the streets. In the long term, it is important that large-scale student housing on the Zernike Campus be developed in collaboration with the municipality, housing corporations and Hanze UAS.

Studenten Organisatie Groningen (SOG)

The University can definitely take on a bigger role in providing information about housing for new students. We think communication between the University and the municipality about this issue is very important, because a long-term solution requires the two to work together. We think it is of high importance that the University is transparent to students about the current state of affairs regarding the housing crisis, so they can take this into account when preparing for their coming to Groningen. Furthermore, we think this is also important to look at on a national level, as it is a problem that more student cities experience. We therefore want to push the University in taking on a bigger responsibility in investigating possibilities and providing students with information and support.

De Vrije Student

The current room shortage is a major problem in Groningen. It is important that the university communicates well with future students about the current housing shortage. The RUG should not create the expectation that everyone who is admitted to the university can easily find a room in Groningen. We must be honest about the possibilities and communicate this in good time to (future) students, pointing out that it is their own responsibility to find a room. This way, students are not faced with surprises and they know where they stand.

Doughnut Party

Develop a long-term strategy, together with relevant parties. This should be communicated better with the outside world. Also, the RUG should be more transparent about the housing situation in its advertising to prospective students.

8. Starting in 2023, the basic scholarship will return. What do you think about that? What should happen for the students who did not receive a basic grant in recent years?

Lijst Calimero

The reintroduction of the basic grant is an important step but the current plans are not good enough. The opportunities one gets should not depend on who your parents are or how much you can work next to your studies. Therefore, the new basic grant should be increased to an amount that is enough to live on. Students who fell under the loan system should be fully compensated according to what they would otherwise have received in basic grants. The current government shows that the problem with compensation is not about money but about the lack of political will to actually help this generation. The discrimination between Dutch and other EU students with the study financing must also stop.

Studenten Organisatie Groningen (SOG)

It is very good and important that the basic grant returns. By offering this, we make sure studying stays accessible and that the burden of student debt decreases. However, there are many students who fall outside of this basic grant period. These students should be adequately compensated. It is important that this is based on the new basic grant of €255 per month. That is why we want to strive toward compensation of €2550 per study year to students who have studied under the loan system. We think that this is key in preventing that this generation of students starts their careers with a backlog.

De Vrije Student

De Vrije Student does not answer this question, because we think the university has nothing to say about it.

Doughnut Party

Students who did not receive the grant in the last years should be compensated in retrospect, e.g. by deducing the amount from their study loan debt.

9. In what ways could the RUG itself contribute to important issues such as climate, clean air and sustainability?

Lijst Calimero

The RUG can contribute by leading the way in becoming more sustainable, as it is a role model for its students and society. Furthermore, all actors within the university (such as study associations) should be encouraged and assisted in becoming more sustainable. Finally, the RUG should introduce a sustainability minor which is accessible to students from all disciplines.

Studenten Organisatie Groningen (SOG)

The RUG can contribute to sustainability and circularity by providing education that includes sustainability in every aspect of the curriculum. Furthermore, it can stimulate more plant-based options in its catering. Adding to that, we think the RUG can facilitate the stimulation of creative ideas of students, concerning sustainability. We want recognition for students who are engaged with sustainability, by expanding existing certificates for students engaged with sustainability. Initiatives of students for new enterprises that have sustainability as a core value should be supported by the university.

De Vrije Student

In the first instance, the University of Groningen should commit itself to creating an energy label that is as sustainable as possible for all its buildings. The cultural and historical values of the buildings in the city center must not be lost in the process. With a view to international educational events, an effort should be made to ensure that employees participate digitally as much as possible. This not only saves a considerable amount of CO2 emissions, but also costs for airline tickets and hotels. With regard to the sale of meat in canteens, The Independent Student believes that there should be a choice for both people who eat meat and people who eat vegetarian or vegan food. The meat offered could possibly be purchased from farmers and butchers in the region.

Doughnut Party

Phase out reliance on fossil fuels as quickly as possible, mandate all food sold at the RUG to have a local origin and reduce the amount of meat options, develop more serious strategy against greenwashing (including the University’s own complicity in it as an enabler), install more solar panels on university buildings.

10. What will the RUG look like in 2030?

Lijst Calimero

In 2030, the RUG will be a much more interdisciplinary university, with students being able to maneuver more freely between faculties. The establishment of multiple interfaculty schools will have assisted in this.

Studenten Organisatie Groningen (SOG)

We strive for an inclusive University where students from all over the world see Groningen as the student city of Europe. A University where students develop themselves personally and where students enjoy a high quality education. Moreover, a city that can give students a home in a safe social environment. A University with a vision for high quality education, for sustainability, for more flexibility and more inclusion.

De Vrije Student

We see it as a university that is still high up in the world rankings. A university where good education and good research are of paramount importance. The RUG is also a place where the safety of students and staff is also important. Students and staff must feel safe and accepted at the RUG, something that is not always the case at the moment. We also want the RUG to be a leader in innovative education and sustainability by 2030.

Doughnut Party

More democratic and with a greater eye to the wellbeing of staff and students. The four interdisciplinary schools will be established to promote interdisciplinary research for students from BA/BSc onwards. The ENLIGHT programme and other opportunities to partake in studies abroad will be better communicated for students to take at least one semester abroad as part of their programme. No more scholarship PhD positions and other PhD positions which sub-categorise PhDs from the employed PhD position.

11. In conclusion, please give 1 urgent piece of advice to the CvB.

Lijst Calimero

Together, we have come a long way on the issues of mental wellbeing and social safety this year. Please make sure that these issues remain on your agenda, as issues such as these need to be constantly monitored and addressed.

Studenten Organisatie Groningen (SOG)

We strongly advise the CvB to consider all aspects of student life when making decisions, because a large part of student life happens outside of the lecture halls. We have the opportunity this year as a University to open again and build up after two years of corona, and go back to the active Groningen that makes the city great. Finally, it is important to take into account that social life is blossoming again and there are new social issues that need attention such as public safety and student support regarding a well-rounded study time.

De Vrije Student

That the members of the College van Bestuur are doing popular dances on social media, seems to be very hip at the moment :p

Doughnut Party

Invest more in teachers and young researchers, with a focus on interdisciplinary project areas. In doing so, a richer environment for education will be built for students.

The candidates

Want to know who you can vote for? Information about your candidates you will find below.

My Candidates

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

All Candidacy lists you can find at Announcement no 3 below.

Candidacy lists

Announcement no. 3

The Central Electoral Committee of the University of Groningen announces:

that for the University Council and Faculty Councils a collective list of candidates for the University elections from 16 May till 20 May 2022 has been drafted on which the candidates of the electoral group are listed in the order in which they appear on the list of candidates. You can access the lists via the blue buttons below.

Groningen, 5 april 2022

The Central Electoral Committee

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