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81, September 2013

28 February 2014

Newsletter University Council first edition 2013-2015

Dear student/employee,

Here you will receive the monthly newsletter of the University Council Groningen. The University Council is the representative body at central level and we talk to the Executive Board on several education and research issues at the university of Groningen. Do you want to know more about the university council, it's members and topics please feel free to  visit our website Universiteitsraad

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  • Summerschools
  • University College Groningen
  • Sustainability
  • Reorganization Kernfysisch Versneller Instituut
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Matching
  • Lecture rooms Academic building double occupied

Next summer we hope to increase the number of summerschools in Groningen. In this courses, students can broad their knowledge in all kind of scientific fields. The summerschools will have a scientific and interdisciplinary character to attract students from all over the world. The summerschools are financially supported for two years by the executive board. Attention for the students from the RUG self: also you are invited to sign up for the summerschools!

University College Groningen
Last month the university council deepened in the Education and Examination Regulations (Dutch: OER) of the University College Groningen. This new faculty will welcome the first 40 new students in September 2014. The council was interested in the regulation which removed the compensatory testing: all the courses have to be passed in one year. Students can do a second chance at one of the six courses. If there are apparent reasons explaining the little progress a student make, a tutor can decide to assign a complementary assignment.

Sustainable policy
The University Council discussed about general principles of sustainable policy especially in the performance of environment.  This paper involves rules about sustainable procurement, the reduction of individual car mileage and smarter use of energy. To ensure consistency in the sustainable program for the future there will be a program manager. This person should also be a link between education en research in field of Energy and Sustainable Society.

Kernfysisch Versneller Instituut (KVI) stops January 1.
The reason: The Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM) has halted its subsidy. The University Council considers it its task to closely monitor procedures concerning this closure and advise the Executive Board on this matter if necessary. The University Council does so with the help of the reorganization code in which these procedures are clearly described. These issues are momentarily addressed at the KVI, the Faculty of Arts, the Library and the FEF. The Executive Board has the process at KVI, at the insistence of the University Council again under consideration and at the Council Meeting of October the reorganization plan will be scheduled for advice.

The Executive Board of the RUG has submitted a note on entrepreneurship. The Executive Board wants to create a centre of entrepreneurship which is aimed at students and alumni. The name of the centre will be the University of Groningen Centre for Entrepreneurship (UGCE). In this centre educational facilities, facilities for start-ups and bringing other entrepreneurs together. Furthermore, lessons and lectures are organized on entrepreneurship. The University council has asked questions about the ability to engage students and student associations in this plan.

Since July the 18th the Law about Quality and Diversity entered into force, containing new rules on matching. Because of this new law all new students have to assign for May 1, 2014 for a compulsory study activity. The goal will be that students are better informed to reduce study dropout and switches between study. The form of the matching activity is chosen by the university and may vary by faculty. The University council will monitor the implementation of the matching plans. The staff in the University council had some questions about the extra workload and financial burden that this matching activity would bring for the faculty. According to the College Board, these activities are meant to take pressure off the workload in the future. Furthermore it is also a cost-saving operation because fewer people will dropout or switch their study.

Lecture rooms occupied in Academy Building
The Council expressed its indignation over the blocking by the University Office of the entire Academy Building on a number of days in the year 2013 and 2014. Due to ad hoc planned ceremonies at least 50 teachers and hundreds of students are forced to look for shelter elsewhere.

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