Skip to ContentSkip to Navigation
About usOur organizationAdministrative organizationConsultationUniversity Elections

University of Groningen elections

  • In 2019 elections will be held for the employee and student representatives of the University Council, the Faculty Councils and the Employee Consultative bodies.
  • Notifications about these elections can be the found on the website in due time.
  • The electoral registers are made available for inspection from 5th till 11th of March 2019. Further information about the location will follow.
  • Candidates could be nominated digitally on Thursday 28 March 2019 from 9 a.m. until Thursday 4 april 2019 to 1 p.m.
  • The 2019 University elections (for all employees, students, including fellowship students, and PhD students) will be held from Monday 13 May to Friday 17 May 2019.
  • Votes could be cast electronically from 13 May 7 a.m. to 17 May 2018 until 5 p.m.
  • The results will be announced onMonday 20 May 2018 at 5.00 p.m at Restaurant Academia in the Academy Building.

NB The election notifications will be sent electronically!!

1. Foreword

In the spring of 2019, elections will be held for the student and staff 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 2019 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  

Questions :

You can send an email to csb@rug.nl.

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
Staff Students
University Council 12 12

Faculty Number of seats
Staff Students
Theology and Religious Studies 5 5
Law 9 9
Teaching & Research Council, UMCG 0 7
Science and Engineering 9 9
Arts 9 9
Economics and Business 9 9
Behavioural and Social Sciences 9 9
Philosophy 5 5
Spatial Sciences 5 5
University College Groningen 3 3
Campus Fryslân 3 3

Departmental councils Number of seats
Office of the University 7
University Library 7
University Services Department 7
CIT 7
KVI-CART 5

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.

9. Objection

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.  

10. Conclusion

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:16 May 2019 12.08 p.m.
printView this page in: Nederlands