Members of the University Council

The University Council consists of 12 student members and 12 staff members, all of whom are chosen by the university's community.

The University Council represents the Erasmian community at the most central level. By asking questions, giving advice and being a critical friend, the University Council aims to achieve the vision of "Creating Positive Societal Impact, the Erasmian way". The University Council 2019-2020 will therefore be working on a more healthy, diverse, inclusive, and sustainable university to Create Positive Societal Impact.

  • The 12 student and 12 staff members are divided over six committees to enhance discussion, create progress, and take action. 

    All of our committee meetings are public (apart from the Confidentiality Committee)! You can join one of our meetings, find the meeting schedule here

    This committee encompasses six student members and six staff members and is traditionally chaired by a student member.

    Topics discussed in this committee include investments made for improving educational quality, innovation in education, research support, financial support for students, cooperation with external parties (ex: Leiden-Delft-Erasmus and the Municipality). Other topics also cover academic integrity, cancellation or addition of programs, and the working of Community for Learning & Innovation.

    This committee consists of six student members and six staff members and is traditionally chaired by a staff member.

    Topics that are addressed in this committee are diversity and inclusion, sustainable campus, policies for student organizations, employee satisfaction, privacy and cyber security, and more.

    The IEA consists of mainly student members and one staff member.

    This committee looks after the communication, identity, and look of the University Council to the university community. It is responsible for conveying the purpose, impact, and knowledge of the University Council. This is done in numerous ways.

    • Through the website with crucial and engaging blogs, podcasts, and one-pagers to pass on information;
    • Hosting numerous events such as UCInspire (seminars), UCFuse (workshops), and UCIgnite (networking);
    • Engaging with the university community through our social media! (Instagram, Facebook, Linkedin)

    The FIN committee consults, on behalf of the University Council, the EUR financial department on financial housekeeping. This committee is comprised of three student members and three staff members.

    The topics addressed in the FIN committee include the university’s budget and allocation model. The University Council may decide to convene the FIN committee to assess the financial basis for proposed decisions.

    The confidentiality committee is an ad hoc committee that only meets when there is a specific reason for this. The committee consists of two staff members, two student members, the chairman of the university council and the clerk.

    The confidentiality committee has the task to advise the University Council on:

    • The appointment of the Chairman of the Board;
    • The appointment of a member of the Board if the University Council is heard;
    • Other matters concerning the appointment of persons;
    • Other matters of a personal nature.

    The meetings of the confidentiality committee are not public. Unless this is deemed necessary, no minutes are made of the meeting of the confidentiality committee.

    Members of the Presidium include the chair, chair of the student body, and chair of the employee body. Together, they are in charge of the agenda composition and daily management of the council.

  • The powers of the University Council are specified in the Higher Education and Research Act. The basic principle is that the Executive Board, generally in consultation with the faculties manages the university. Due to the specified powers, the University Council can exert influence on decisions made by the Executive Board. On many topics the University Council has the right of consent or the right to advise. Additionally, with regard to all topics the Council has the right to be informed, right of initiative, and the right to be heard.

    Before a decision is taken the Executive Board must request the University Council's consent on the following issues:

    • The EUR strategic plan;
    • The institutional plan;
    • The main elements of the budget;
    • The structure of the quality assurance system;
    • The Student Charter;
    • The administrative and management regulations;
    • The health, safety and welfare regulations;
    • The University Council regulations;
    • The profiling fund.

    The Council shall assess the proposed decision of the Executive Board and determine whether the interests of employees and students are not harmed as a result of this decision.

    For many topics the Executive Board must submit proposals to the University Council to obtain their advice on specific decisions. The Council can then make its position clear by advising the Board. This can mean that the Council advises changes to be made to the proposed plans (or parts of the plan).

    The Executive Board can only issue a definitive decision when the University Council has issued its advice on this decision. It is therefore important for the Council to convince the Executive Board using persuasive arguments that modification of the plans shall lead to better outcomes for the university.

    The University Council has the right to all information that is required to carry out its work. The Council can therefore request information on practically any topic from the Executive Board or other parties at the university.

    The University Council can make proposals to the Executive Board whenever it pleases as long as the proposals are well-founded and appropriate within the context of the central policy of the EUR. In this way the Council itself can also improve concrete issues at the university.

    The University Council has the right to be heard before decisions are taken. Only after the Council feels that its opinion has been taken into consideration can such a decision be taken definitively.

  • Every four weeks, the entire council meets for two plenary meetings, the latter meeting is followed by a consultation meeting where the Executive Board joins the table.

    Prior to making decisions or offering recommendations in plenary meetings, the various topics are discussed thoroughly in committee meetings. During these meetings the committee invites representatives and EUR officials to present on behalf of the Executive Board to answer questions, resolve concerns, and explain proposals.

    On top of the six permanent committees, the Council also has smaller working groups (informal groups) to focus on more specific topics. This enables the Council to be agile, flexible, and efficient where needed. For example, some of our working groups focus on topics such as sustainability on campus, election system for students, the smoking ban, strategy 2024 implementation, higher education quality agreements (HEQA/HOKA) and more.

    All of the University Council meetings and meeting documents, the committee meetings, (with the exception of the Confidentiality Committee and the Presidium), and the consultation meetings, in general, are open to the public. You can find the calendars and minutes of the meetings on this website


  • For more information on our events click here.


  • Hans van den Berg

    Chair of the University Council of the Presidium and HoKa

    As Chair Hans will represent the Council, maintain and build relations with external stakeholders, and lead formal meetings. Hans will focus on increasing participation, visibility of the Council, strengthening the internal process, but above all be the Council’s ambassador


  • Machteld Harmsen foto

    Machteld Harmsen
    Administrative Affairs


    As clerk Machteld supports the Council by organising (official) meetings, organising events, providing (legal) advise, and strengthen the relationship with the policy departments

Personnel section

  • Ferry Blom

    Ferry wants to focus on embedding sustainability in the universities educational programs, and on impact & relevance of Erasmus University in society

  • Ben Bode

    Ben wants to focus on strengthening the role of the University Council, ensure its voice is heard, and develop relationships with stakeholders

  • Natascha Kraal
    Erasmus MC

    Natascha wants to foster transparent communication, connection, and social safety. Furthermore, she wants to focus on the implementation of Strategy 2024

  • John Piarelal

    John wants to strengthen the relationship between students and employees within the Council, and work on building one community

  • John van Wel
    Professional Services

    John wants to focus on 'sustainable workforce' in the broadest sense, while strengthening and promoting the University as a whole

  • Yogi Hendlin

    Yogi wants to focus on building a more sustainable campus and educational system, while working on interfaculty and interdisciplinary cooperation

  • Bianca Jadoenath

    Bianca is open to all issues that reach the Council, aiming to ensure different points of view are explored, connecting faculties and students

  • Ana Uribe Sandoval

    Ana wants to focus on effective communication, flawless procedures, increasing participation and strengthening the University community

  • UC Sebastiaan Kamp

    Sebastiaan Kamp
    Professional Services

    Sebastiaan wants to contribute to EUR being a welcoming environment. Special interests are cooperation between students, academic staff and support staff, fair and consistent policies and procedures, work/life balance and an inclusive work & study environment.

  • UC Helen Gubby

    Helen Gubby

    Helen wants to focus on the quality of education, diversity and equal opportunities, and the wellbeing of both staff and students throughout the university.

  • UC Marjan Gorgievski-Duijvesteijn

    Marjan Gorgievski-Duijvesteijn

    Marjan aims to ensure that the EUR is a place for sustainable development for all stakeholders. Her main focus in the UC currently is improving diversity, psychological safety and employee well-being (in particular dealing with work pressure).

  • UC Albert Wagelmans

    Albert Wagelmans

    Albert wants to focus on the well-being of all members of the Erasmus community and on strengthening this community.

Student members 2020-2021

  • Younes Assou

    Younes wants to focus on community building for students, creating a shared pride of the Erasmus University, not just of their faculty.

  • Wouter van Dam

    Wouter wants to focus on a strong participation culture and broad opportunities for student's own development both in and outside of lecture halls

  • Afrodita Dobreva

    Afrodita Dobreva

    Afrodita wants to focus on integrating more practical skills such as leadership, productivity and communication in our curricula and in that way, make it more balanced and future-proof.

  • Armand Gozé

    Armand Gozé

    Armand wants to focus on creating sound examination policies, more awareness for students’ mental health and better communication from the university to its students.

  • Bram Heesen

    For this academic year, Bram prioritizes that the adequate measures are taken regarding COVID-19. He wants to ensure that the interest of the students is being safeguarded regarding measures dealing with viruses.

  • Olaf Hornes

    Olaf believes that inclusiveness means being accessible to everyone regardless of gender, age,  gender-identity, colour and people with a disability. Put the right person at the right place.

  • Jasper Klasen

    Jasper wants to focus on professionalising participatory bodies, stimulate cooperation and coordination between faculties, and establishing basic student rights.

  • Luca Kriese

    Luca wants to focus on professionalising student participation, community building, and enabling students to grow personally and actively shape their education.

  • Philip van Moll

    Philip wants to focus on improving and expanding online education, abolish mandatory attendance, and promote entrepreneurship and innovation among students

  •  Diederik Mosch

    Diederik wants to make sure that every policy change and initiative of the EUR will impact and influence EUR students in a positive way

  • Joep Schoenmakers

    Joep wants to focus on strengthening University democracy, collaboration and boosting academic education.

  • Dian van Toor

    Dian wants to focus on educational development and student well-being.