Support for student projects
Students-for-Students (S4S): improving education for students & by students
Students for Students (S4S) encourages students to set up projects that contribute to improving educational quality for students, and provides the necessary facilities for these projects. S4S is funded with the money released when the basic student grant was abolished. These funds were subsequently allocated to the universities for the purpose of improving the quality of education. S4S is now returning this money to the students by getting students themselves to contribute to educational improvements.
Here are some inspiring examples of students-for-students projects (known as “S4S initiatives”):
- Erasmus Anatomy Research Project: http://www.earprotterdam.nl/
- Erasmus Language Sharing: https://www.eur.nl/english/ltc/erasmus_language_sharingels/
- Turing Society: http://tsociety.io/
- Erasmus Tech Community: https://www.facebook.com/erasmustechcommunity/
- The Research Group: http://theresearchgroup.nl/
S4S initiatives are extracurricular or intracurricular educational projects organised for students by students. The aim here is to offer students greater breadth and depth with knowledge or skills which are not included in their regular study curriculum.
The S4S Support Platform at Erasmus University Rotterdam was created as a result of an initiative proposal put forward by University Council student member Daniel Sieczkowski, inspired by Professor Gert-Jan Kleinrensink who has led a comparable and extremely successful S4S support platform at Erasmus MC for many years. This platform goes under the name of “The Society for Extra-curricular Rotterdam Student Projects (GERS)”.
S4S provides support to students to enable them to set up their own S4S initiatives, or to continue development of existing S4S initiatives. The S4S Support Platform can offer the following support:
- Advice on e.g. marketing or organising events
- Practical support “in kind”, e.g. halls for events, facilities, etc.
- Financial support
You are eligible for support if your S4S initiative fulfils the following criteria:
- The initiative is educational and of sufficiently high academic quality;
- It includes some kind of “test” on what participants have learnt from it;
- It is completely different to existing initiatives;
- It benefits students who are no longer eligible for a basic student grant;
- It has been set out in a clear and feasible action plan;
- The available financial resources will be used in a sensible and economical way.
Do you have a good S4S idea that you would like to receive support for? Are you wondering whether your idea will be considered? Or if you have any other questions, simply contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to help you!