University of Groningen elections
- In 2020 elections will be held for the student representatives of the University Council and the Faculty Councils.
- Notifications about these elections can be the found on the website in due time.
- The electoral registers are made available for inspection from 3th till 9th of March 2020. Further information about the location will follow.
- Candidates could be nominated digitally on Thursday 26 March 2020 from 9 a.m. until Thursday 2 april 2020 to 1 p.m.
- The 2020 University elections (for all students, including fellowship students, and PhD students) will be held from Monday 11 May to Friday 15 May 2020.
- Votes could be cast electronically from 11 May 7 a.m. to 15 May 2020 until 5 p.m.
- The results will be announced on Monday 18 May 2020 at 5.00 p.m at Restaurant Academia in the Academy Building.
NB The election notifications will be sent electronically!!
In the spring of 2020, elections will be held for the student sections of the University Council, the Faculty Councils and the representative advisory bodies of the University of Groningen. This year, the Central Electoral Committee, in collaboration with the company WebElect, will facilitate the 2020 elections.
The importance of the representative advisory bodies is great. By voting, you exert influence as a voter in many areas of the RUG that are important to the entire university community, such as the budget, future plans and, for example, various student facilities.
2. The Central Electoral Committee (Centraal Stembureau = CSB)
By virtue of Article 2 of the University of Groningen Electoral Regulations , the Central Electoral Committee is in charge of holding the elections for the University Council, the Faculty Councils and the Service Department Councils at the university. Pursuant to the Higher Education and Research Act and the University of Groningen Electoral Regulations, all students (including PhD students and fellowship students) and staff of the University of Groningen have both active and passive voting rights. Employees of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek = NWO) and similar organizations who work at the University of Groningen are also entitled to vote.
Active voting right: the right to vote
Passive voting right: the right to be elected
Members of staff are elected for a period of two years (to be members of the University Council, the Faculty Councils and the Service Department Councils). Students are elected for a period of one year (to be members of the University Councils and the Faculty Councils). Half of the members of the University Council and the Faculty Councils are chosen by and from staff; the other half are members chosen by and from the student body (Articles 9.31 and 9.37 of the WHW). Service Department Councils are the participation bodies of university services and consist of members chosen by and from the staff for a period of two years (Article 9.50 of the WHW).
The Central Electoral Committee consists of members of University staff plus at least one student member. The office of the Central Electoral Committee is located at Legal Affairs. The secretary of the Central Electoral Committee provides interested parties with information about the elections.
The address of the Central Electoral Committee is:
University of Groningen
Central Electoral Committee
PO Box 72
9700 AB Groningen, the Netherlands
You can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Time of elections
The university elections are held annually in May.
Voting takes place electronically through WebElect.
4. Are you entitled to vote and if so for which elections?
In short: in principle, all individuals who are enrolled as students (that is, excluding external students or students attending short-term courses) at the University of Groningen and all staff are entitled to vote.
Elections are held for the following councils:
|Number of seats|
|Faculty||Number of seats|
|Theology and Religious Studies||5||5|
|Teaching & Research Council, UMCG||0||7|
|Science and Engineering||9||9|
|Economics and Business||9||9|
|Behavioural and Social Sciences||9||9|
|University College Groningen||3||3|
|Departmental councils||Number of seats|
|Office of the University||7|
|University Services Department||7|
5. Nomination of candidates
Anyone whose name is (or should be) on the electoral register can be nominated as a candidate. Candidacy is done digitally via WebElect.
The University uses a list system: the candidates are listed in groups. The applicant of a group ensures the introduction of the candidates into the digital system. Because certain procedural requirements apply to nominations, the Central Electoral Committee checks each list of candidates as soon as it receives it. Any procedural errors in the list can be rectified by a certain date which is specified in advance. After that, the nominations can no longer be changed.
6. Notification forms
You will be invited by mail to vote, with a text that refers to the WebElect voting application. On this website you will find information about the participation councils and their candidates – provided they have submitted this information to the Central Electoral Committee in good time. Of course the voting system itself is also accessible in both Dutch and English.
7. The election
Voting is not always necessary; if ultimately the number of seats in a council is the same or exceeds the number of candidates, the candidates are immediately declared elected.
When you log in, you have to use your username and password. If you have lost your password, please contact the helpdesk of your faculty or service department.
8. The results
The votes are counted on the day after the voting procedure closes. The results will be announced as soon as possible.
Should you disagree with the decision of the Central Electoral Committee, you can lodge a notice of objection with the Board of the University of Groningen within five days.
If you want to know more about the elections, the procedures, the right to vote and related matters and you cannot find the answer to your question on the University of Groningen website, you can send it to the Central Electoral Committee csb rug.nl.
The Central Electoral Committee
The right to vote is a valuable privilege; make use of it!
|Last modified:||17 January 2020 3.19 p.m.|