Working method University Council

Meetings of the Council

Every four or six weeks, the University Council has a plenary meeting (the 'University Council meeting') and subsequently a meeting with the Executive Board (the 'consultation meeting'). All members of the Council are present at these meetings.


The 'Executive Committee' of the University Council is formed by the presidium, consisting of the chair and four members (two members from the staff section and two from the student section). The presidium determines the agendas of the meetings, can make decisions on behalf of the University Council and is responsible for the internal workings of the Council.

The meetings of the University Council are led by its chair. The chair herself is not a member of the Council, but rather functions as the technical coordinator. The chair, the presidium, and the University Council are supported by a clerk and a secretariat.

Committee meetings

Before the University Council makes decisions or offers recommendations in plenary meetings, the topics are discussed in the committee meetings. During these meetings, officials of EUR are present on behalf of the Executive Board to answer questions and to explain the proposals. The committee often issues a recommendation to the plenary University Council with respect to a decision that has to be made or the advice that has to be given. The permanent committees of the University Council are:

  • Personnel, Facilities & Organization Committee (PFO)
  • The Community, Research & Education Committee (CRE)
  • The Internal & External Affairs Committee (IEA)
  • The Financial Affairs Committee (FIN)
  • The Confidentiality Committee (Vertrouwenscommissie).

Additionally, the council can set up ad hoc committees that issue recommendations regarding separate topics. In general, the University Council meets according to a four- or six-week cycle in which topics are discussed in the second or third week respectively in committee meetings, after which they are handled at the end of the cycle in a plenary meeting of the University Council with the Executive Board. You can find the dates of the upcoming meetings in the calendar.

Meetings and documents

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