Samenwerkingsoverleg Faculteitsverenigingen

University Student Council

The Political Chair of SOFv represents the interests of students and student associations, especially as a member of the University Student Council (USC). It is useful to understand how the USC works in order to follow its proceedings effectively. These pages aim to provide insight into the structure and operation of central-level representation, especially the USC.

What does the USC do?

The University Student Council (USC), in collaboration with the Works Council (OR), contributes to the policies of Radboud University Nijmegen at the central level. The student council advocates for the interests of students through meetings with the Executive Board (CvB) and discussions with policy staff and other influential organizations within the university.

The University Student Council advocates for students on a wide range of issues. Within the Joint Assembly, the student council discusses important policy documents with the Executive Board. Additionally, the student council participates in various meetings and maintains contact with other representative bodies. The student council also shows ongoing initiative by writing policy memorandums and participating in working groups and advisory boards.

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Who is on the University Student Council?

The University Student Council in Nijmegen has a unique structure compared to other cities. In addition to the eight elected members from student parties, there are also six appointed members from various umbrella organizations in the council. Elections are held each year for the eight elected members, who come from the student factions AKKUraatd, Green+, Knokpartij, and ISEC. The six remaining members are appointed by six different umbrella organizations, and these members are called Political Chairs (PoCo’s). The umbrella members represent the interests of specific groups within the student community. These groups include NSSR for sports associations, BOS for social associations, ISON for international associations, CSN for religious associations, CODC for cultural associations, and SOFv for study associations.

The USC Outside the GVs

In addition to the cycle of the Joint Assembly, the USC is involved in its own initiatives. In addition to internal meetings with the entire USC, there are also more specific forms of work, including working groups and advisory boards. Working groups are established with specific goals in mind, and once those goals are achieved, the working group is dissolved. Some topics within the working groups include Active Student, Wellbeing & Inclusion, Campus & Sustainability, Education & ICT, and Visibility & Relations. Advisory boards, on the other hand, operate throughout the year, with members continuously providing input on university policies.

To stay well-informed about everything that’s happening, there are various contact person roles. For each Faculty Student Council (FSC), there is a contact person, along with all assessors and various organizations within the university, such as the Green Office.

The USC In the GVs

The University Student Council (USC) forms the Joint Meeting (GV) along with the Works Council (OR). The Works Council advocates for the interests of employees at Radboud University. The council consists of twenty elected members, supplemented by four members on behalf of the UMC Council, affiliated with the academic hospital. The USC and the Works Council have an influence on the central policies of the university. These policies are executed on the orders of the Executive Board (CvB), which consists of three people: a Chairperson, a Rector Magnificus, and a Vice-Chairperson.

The Joint Assembly consists of eight cycles in which certain policy documents are discussed. The various documents are divided into several fixed committees, including Finance; Real Estate, ICT and Personnel Internally (FVIP); Strategy, Policy, and Governance Internally (SBB); and Education, Research, and Student Internally (OOS). The policy documents are ultimately discussed jointly during the Preparatory Joint Assembly (VGV), and then with the Executive Board in the so-called Consultative Joint Assembly (ovGV). During the Concluding Joint Assembly (AGV), the USC and the Works Council provide their final advice on various agenda items and may vote on certain agenda points.

Policy Points and Providing Input

If you have an idea, question, comment, or would like to see a change, please don’t hesitate to inform the Political Chair. She is ultimately there to represent you. Providing input is one of the most important aspects of effective representation for her.

If you’re curious about the policy documents discussed in the meetings, you can also send a message to the Political Chair. She can provide you with login information so that you can read the policy documents yourself.