Have you got ideas to improve the study, the faculty or the University of Groningen or have
you got a complaint? Then it is good to know where you will be heard! When you don’t take
place in one of the official structures, that does not mean that you have nothing to say.
Student participation, the voice of students and staff in the policy plan of the University,
faculty and study, is organized via various structures. Student Participation is arranged on
three levels: University level, faculty level and study level. Below, you can read a short
explanation per level.
Student participation on university level
Board of Directors
The University of Groningen is governed by the Board of Directors (CvB). The Board of
Directos is ultimately responsible for the state of affairs throughout the university.
The Board of Directors is monitored and advised on request and without request by the
University Council. Both staff and students participate in this official participation body. The
student members are members of SOG, Lijst Calimero or DAG.
Student participation on study level
Director of Education
Education at the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences is organized in three
programmes: Psychology, Sociology and Pedagogical Sciences and Educational Sciences.
Each program is managed by a program director. The program director, also known as
Director of Education, of Pedagogical Scienes (Pedagogische Wetenschappen) is Matthijs
Warrens. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations.
Study Program Committee
Each study program also has its own participation body: the study program committee. The
Program Committee (OC) has been appointed by law and aims to monitor the quality of the
programme. In the OC, education is discussed jointly by students and lecturers. The OC has
12 members: 6 teachers and 6 students. The members form a good reflection of those
involved in the programme. The term of office of the student members and lecturers is a
maximum of 2 years and starts on 1 September. The chairman of the OC is appointed from
the lecturer's section. Each year, the student section appoints a vice-chairman. This student
is also the chairman of his own section.
To improve the quality of education, the Program Committee can issue an informal and
formal advice. Such advice from the Program Committee is required by law when the
Education and Examination Regulations (OER) are adopted by the Faculty Council. The
Program Committee has been given the right of consent with regard to a number of OER
matters. In addition, the Program Committee discusses the course evaluations of negatively
assessed courses given during that block in each block and advises the Program Director on
how to approach this. During this discussion, both the results of the evaluation forms and the
AR reports are taken into account. Finally, the Program Committee itself can decide on
which aspects of education it wishes to issue formal advice. The advice is addressed to the
Program Director or the Faculty Board.
Within each program there is a year representatives for a number of studies. These Year
representatives are not an official participation body, but nevertheless play a major role in
the participation process. The year representatives only consists of students, in contrast to
the other participational bodies. The year representatives solve problems in the courses in
their own year and write evaluations of each course. These evaluations are discussed with
the relevant lecturer(s), the program director and the program committee. We have an
annual representation of years 1, 2 and 3 of Pedagogical Sciences, a year representation of
1, 2, 3 and 4 of the AOLB and an annual representation of the masters Orthopedagogy and
The year representation have contact with the lecturer several times per block, so that the
evaluation can also be discussed with the teacher and minor adjustments can be made
earlier in the course. So if you have complaints or comments about a course or teacher, the
annual representation is a good mouthpiece!
Student participation on Faculty level within Behavioural and Social Sciences.
The University of Groningen consists of ten faculties. Each faculty is governed by a Faculty
Board, similar to the Board of Directors at university level. This board consists of the dean
(also portfolio holder for research), vice dean (also portfolio holder for education) and a
portfolio holder for resources. In addition, each year the Faculty Board has an advisory
student member who attends the meetings of the Faculty Board. Tabatha Ros is the student
assessor of the Faculty Board. She represents the interests of all BSS students in the
Faculty Board. In addition, Tabatha Ros also provides information to all other administrative
students within the faculty (OCs, FR, study associations). Because the advisory student
member attends board meetings, she has a great deal of background knowledge about
matters that are discussed in the Faculty Council and the program boards. Because of this
background knowledge, she can help students from other participational bodies to place
subjects in a broader context. This function therefore stands between the students and the
board of the faculty.
The participation body at faculty level is the Faculty Council. It fulfills a role similar to that of
the university council. The Faculty Council consists of nine students (from PSB) and nine
staff members. These members are elected by their own supporters during the Faculty
Council elections that take place every year in May. There is a contact person in the student
section for each study program within BSS who maintains contact with the students of the
study program in question. The Faculty Council discusses all kinds of matters in the field of
education, research, personnel policy and finances. There are a number of recurring
subjects, such as the Teaching and Examination Regulations (OERs), but members can also
contribute their own ideas about matters that concern the entire faculty.
Every month, the Faculty Council has an official meeting with the Faculty Board and the
student advisor of the Faculty Board. These meetings are public and can therefore be
followed by anyone who is interested.
In addition, the student section often has two or more workgroups. These working groups
focus on a specific subject within the faculty, such as “Education”, “Communication” or
“Internationalisation”. They prepare initiative proposals or agenda items of the main meeting
extra well and they undertake other activities related to the subject of the working group. The
working groups may differ per year.
Exam committee (EC)
The Exam committee monitors the correct application and compliance with the rules. The
committee consists of a number of examiners from the study program and is appointed by
the Faculty Board. There is a Daily Board (DB), consisting of the chairman and the
secretary. This DB meets every week, except for a few weeks around Christmas and a few
weeks in July-August. The Examination Board assesses requests for exemption, recognition