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112, November 24, 2016

02 December 2016

University Council Newsletter

Edition 112, meeting of 24 November 2016

Implementation of Management Authority Enforcement Act and Memorandum Enforcement Programme Committees

Per 1 January 2017 an amendment Act enters into force in respect of the Higher Education and Research Act (WHW): The Management Authority Enforcement Act (WVb).  This Act, among other things, sees to the management structure of the university including participation.  

3 important aspects that will change as a result of the WVb:

1.    Programme Committees will be participation organs that must assent to certain parts of the education regulations,

2.    Tuition fee free management is provided by law and  

3.    Participation is officially involved in the appointment of a new member of the Board.  

There were two points of discussion.

·      The Personnel faction is of the opinion that there should be elections for the Programme Committees, according to the faction the Act expresses ‘a clear preference for elections’.  However, the Board and Lijst Calimero  did not agree.  According to these two it will be very difficult to organise elections for the programme committees, but the Act provides for organising indirect elections.  This option was preferred by both the Board and Lijst Calimero.  

·      The second point of discussion was about the appointment procedure of a new member of the Board.  Does the Act only refer to appointments or also to re-appointments? Unfortunately, the Act is not clear on this issue and also the Minister has so far  not given a definite answer. How this is actually regulated remains to be seen.  It is now up to the Faculties to flesh out the central frameworks provided by the Board. The response by the Board to the memorandum of the Lijst Calimero and the implementation proposal by the Board serve as guideline.  

Memorandum Enforcing Participation and Elections

In the last few weeks, the student factions Lijst Calimero, SOG and  Lijst STERK have worked on a joint memorandum to strengthen participation in the light of the approaching elections – also based on meetings with representatives of the various faculty boards.  In the memorandum – the parties – after careful consideration – have agreed to reduce the election period from seven to five days and they have put forward various proposals to increase the visibility of all participation councils. For instance, one wants to start a neutral campaign one week before the elections to give more explanation about participation and in future student associations can be accessed easier via Nestor. The Board responded positively to the memorandum  and the coming days the student parties will further detail the memorandum.  The three factions think – each in their own way – that  a shorter election period can lead to a higher turnout.

International accommodation

The University Council discussed a report by the Board,  that the accommodation of international students must be improved in the coming years. With this report the University Groningen, for the first time, accepts responsibility for the  accommodation of international students.  A number of factions are of the opinion that it is good that the University Groningen has announced the wish to create an online portal that can provide practical information to international students including the private housing market.   It is expected that the number of international students will only increase in future,  and for that reason it is important that the Board in collaboration with local government and the  Hanzehogeschool keeps working on the improvement of available accommodation for international students. Moreover, the fact that the large flow- through of exchange students  does not always coincide with the semester structure of study programme remains a sticking point.

College fees

The student faction gave a positive advice on the college fees for 2017-2018.  The college fee per ECTS for pre-master students was variable until this year.  Depending on whether a student choose to do 15, 30, 45 or 60 ECTS, he/she paid a different amount per  ECTS. This year there is a fixed amount per ECTS, regardless the number of ECTS chosen by a pre-master student.

The green Open-Access policy

The  green Open-Access policy proposed by the Board in its UL memorandum is well thought out and deserves to be executed by the  University Groningen and to be supported by its personnel, according to the Council.  
The green Open-Access to RUG publications is about:

  1. Immediate deposit on acceptance,  depositing the finial author’s version after peer review in the RUG-repository, Pure.
  2. Depositing can be followed by publication taking embargo conditions  of the publishers into consideration,  optional- and controlled-access.

The target for 2018 is achieved if two thirds of all RUG publications of 2017 green open-access  have been deposited into  Pure (apart from possible retrospective efforts).  
The majority of the personnel faction agrees  with the idea   of the Board, that the University Groningen should deal carefully with sanctions, should the target date not be met for any reason.  The Vice-Chancellor is of the opinion that the binding character of  Luik and Rotterdam is less suited for Groningen than a policy of conviction and support. The  workflow asks a minimal effort from the faculty researcher, with a maximum execution part of  the University Library.

Food & Drinks

Although it is not certain that this is about a re-organisation, the Council wished go along with the proposal for the final out-sourcing of Food & Drinks excluding personnel.  This was done, because, broadly speaking, the Council could agree with ‘the direction of the solution’. The personnel faction insisted on explicit recording of details in the outsourcing document of addressing issues such as how and by whom  the legal position for issues such as promotion, schooling, initiative in case of insufficient functioning, etc. are dealt with.   

Financial Economic Function (FEF): reorganisation and evaluation

The Council viewed the evaluation (for discussion) as being much of a reflection from inside and was therefore not able to really assess the results without the outcome of a client survey which is yet to be held. The Council recognized that much work has been done and therefore gave a compliment but was also of the opinion that still a lot has to happen in respect of this dossier.
It is now clear that the client survey will be held in the beginning of 2017.


In our newsletters we summarise the issues that are discussed in the last meeting. Welcome to the academic year 2016-2017. We are the University Council; twelve students and twelve employees who work for almost everything that concerns us all. We meet on the third Thursday of each month in three committees:

  • Research and Education,
  • Management, and
  • Facilities,

Followed, a week later, by a public University Council meeting. In these meetings we advise and check the Board and this way we contribute to the policy of the University of Groningen.

The really first newsletter of each academic year – the next one – is sent to all students and employees of the university. If, subsequently, you would like to be kept up to date of our efforts and the university’s policy each month, then, subscribe to this newsletter . Information on the University Council can also be found on our website and via our Twittertwitter account @uraadrug .

Composition University Council 2016-2017

  • The university council consists of 12 students and 12 employees. Last May the elections for the student faction were held and the elected students were officially appointed in the meeting of 1 September. On behalf of the students the following three factions have a seat on the Council:
  • Studenten Organisatie Groningen (SOG) (6 members: Mr. E.K.A. Clark, Mr. A.I. Esser, and Mrs. I.W. Hanemaaijer, Mr. M. de Vries, Mr. B.C. Zandt, Mrs. M. Zuidema),
  • Lijst Calimero (5 members: Mrs. H. Berretz, Mr. D. van Dijk, Mrs. H.H.E. Oelen, Mrs. T. van de Werve, Mrs. N de Winter) and
  • Lijst STERK (member: Mr. P.L. Polhuis).
  • The personnel faction is appointed for two years and its composition is the same as that of 2015-2016.
  • Due to taking up employment elsewhere Mr. M.H. Paapst of the Science faction has resigned his seat.


  • M.C. Huiskes is re-elected as external chairperson of the University Council.
  • The Presidium 2016-2017 consists of: M.C. Huiskes, B.A.A. Beijer, L.W. Gormley, E.K.A. Clark, D. van Dijk and P.L. Polhuis.
  • In addition E.K.A. Clark is appointed as member of the public at the University Committee for Education


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