• Hilly Mast has left the University Council after ten years, due to the expiry of her zero-hours contract. She is succeeded by Gert Jan Bokdam.
• Sanne Ponsioen is on maternity leave and is replaced by Marcel Ruiters for the coming months.
• Sebastiaan van Wijk will take over the role of Nathalie Niehof as the representative in the Presidium on behalf of the Lijst Calimero.
Food & Drinks
The plans of the Board with the Food & Drinks department were extensively discussed in the Council. As this discussion is confidential we are unable to make any further announcements on this issue in this Newsletter.
Accommodation of international students
As you may know, from the news items in the University Newspaper, for instance, there are big problems around the accommodation of international students in het Diakonessehuis. The Board, also on the insistence of the Council, has promised to offer all students involved a financial compensation (€ 100 per semester) and is going to meet other parties (SSH and Hanzehogeschool) to discuss whether the compensation regulation can be extended.
Evaluation of right of consent on outline of the budget
In the December cycle the Council has agreed the university budget for 2016. This was, thanks to a change in legislation earlier in 2015, a unique event. In this January cycle the agreements then made were evaluated.
On the insistence of Lijst Calimero there will be a course on 'how to read a budget' for new Council members. On the insistence of the Personnel fraction there will be a discussion in the February cycle on whether or not the Council has also right of consent on outline, on what happens with income from private means. The Science fraction argues also for an agreement that there is right of consent on outline (and therefore not only changes) of the internal allocation model to be included in the evaluation document after all.
Long-term plan CUOS
All the student parties requested a substantive discussion on the award of management scholarships to student members. This discussion is to take place within a few months. The long-term plan of CUOS received unanimous support from the Council.
Tuition fees 2016-2017
A plea put forward by SOG and Lijst Sterk to reduce the proposed college fees of the pre-master courses was not supported by the other parties. The Board's proposal for the college fees 2016-2017 eventually received support from the majority of the Council.
Any Other Business
• The Council has put forward a number of points of criticism in response to the evaluation of Admissions. The Board will get back to this in the March cycle;
• In the progress report of the Health & Safety and Environment plan the input of the O&O-Council of the UMCG was missing. The Council issued a positive advice on the report after a promise to send this after all;
• On the recommendation of SOG the possibility of introducing anonymous examining for the February cycle has been discussed. The Board has pointed out that the eventual decision-making power on this issue rests with the individual Examination Boards;
• Also, on the recommendation of SOG there was a proposal to manage and the waiver of college fees. The Board has indicated its wish to wait a possible change in the law on this issue in The Hague, before it can take a decision.
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