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119, August 2017

19 September 2017
Newsletter from the University Council edition 119, meeting of August 2017.

Dear students and staff,

This newsletter is both the last of the old Council and the first of the new composition. The staff faction has held elections once again after two years. The student faction held their annual elections. The perspective of this newsletter is that of the entire University Council. For faction-specific viewpoints we would like to refer you to the respective social media outlets and websites of those factions, which can be found at the bottom of this letter.

In our newsletters we summarise the issues that are discussed in the last meeting:

Even though this meeting did not officially have UGY on the agenda, it was still a prevalent theme throughout it. The press was present on the public platform, like on the 24th of August, and made a comprehensive report on the happenings of the meeting.

- During the public committee meetings on the 24th of August, all the factions presented their viewpoints on Yantai. On the following Tuesday, the Executive Board removed Yantai from the agenda for the Council meeting on the  31st of August.

- During the meeting, the parties first exchanged pleasantries.
- Mr. Poppema revealed that the Executive Board is planning to present the Council with an improved version of the application for starting a Branch Campus in Yantai.
- This October, it will be reviewed whether a vote in the University Council is achievable.
- The Council insists on the point that the Board has to present convincing plans which include the input of both the Council and the other experts that have been consulted over the past two years.
- However, the Council is not going to be closely involved in the rewriting of the application, but will continue to participate in meetings related to technicalities, finance, and risk management.

Accreditation Vindicat
The Rector is insistent on pointing out that accreditation requires custom work. Each organisation and association will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine which measures are fitting.

OER Campus Fryslân
The council consents to the OER Master Sustainable Entrepreneurship.

Annual Accounts
A discussion is held on the usage of private funds. The Council wonders whether the UG is developing policy for making more use of private funds.  De Jeu comments that the Executive Board is only concerned with unmarked private funds and that they are not obligated to report on those. The Council only has say in public funds. De Jeu is willing, however, to have an 'informal annual discussion' on the topic with the Council.

Language Policy Board of the University
The Executive Board restates their previous decision to use the Dutch language when the law requires it. Policy will be provided in English, but only after the Dutch version is definitive.

Note Procedure Proposal Study Advance Funds
In 2015 the study finance system was abolished, and the funds previously meant for that system are now meant to go to improving the quality of education according to all the factions and the Executive Board. Lijst Calimero requests a procedure proposal for an explicit description of the allocation and division of the Study Advance Funds 2018, as well as an evaluation of those 2,9 million euro's. The students believe it's their right to have a say in this matter. The staff faction comments that in such a scenario the staff would also have to be involved in the decision-making, since they have more historical knowledge and experience. The Board responds by committing to lowering the overall workload. However, the utilization of extra staff members for Research and Education is a faculty-specific affair. The choices to be made are only valid for the transitional year 2018.

For more information on any item the factions can be contacted at:

About the Council
We are the University Council; twelve students and twelve employees who work for almost everything that concerns us all.

NEW composition of the University Council Personnel during the period of 2017-2019 is as follows:

Science Faction: 3

Personnel Faction: 9

NEW composition of the University Council Students 2017-2018 is as follows:

Lijst Calimero: 5

SOG: 5

DAG: 2 (new)

We meet on the third Thursday of each month in three public committee meetings:

  • 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.

Once per academic year, this month, the newsletter 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 .


  • 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, N. Petkov, Jasper Been, Henk-Jan Wondergem en Zeger Glas
  • In addition Zeger Glas is appointed as member of the public at the University Committee for Education


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Check us out online

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-         Lijst Calimero: website , twitter , Facebook

-         SOG: website , twitter , Facebook

-         DAG: website, Twittertwitter,facebook

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