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 2021-2022 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.
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.