Niels Vreeswijk new student assessor Executive Board

As of 1 September 2024, Niels Vreeswijk will be the new student assessor in the Executive Board of Utrecht University. He takes up the baton from Chiara Stam and will become the fourth student assessor in the history of the Executive Board.

Portretfoto Niels Vreeswijk

Niels Vreeswijk is a Masters student in Infection and Immunity at the Faculty of Medicine, and follows the Honours leadership programme. He is also chairman of Sportraad Utrecht, which represents all student sport associations. Vreeswijk is a student member of a curriculum review committee in the department of Chemistry, where he completed his Bachelor’s degree in 2023. Previously, he gained administrative experience as president of the Utrecht Student Hockey Club and as a student member of the program advisory committee of the Bachelorprogramme Chemistry.

Strengthening the study climate

“During my experience in student boards and commissions to date, I have discovered that my passion lies policy, governance, and creating the best possible study climate for students”, Vreeswijk says. “As assessor, I will commit to an even more enjoyable study climate for every student. I look forward to working with fellow students, faculty and administrators to further strengthen Utrecht University as an institution that excels in education and student welfare.”

Valuable addition

The Executive Board is looking forward to working with Vreeswijk. “We have come to know Niels as an open and enthusiastic personality”, says rector magnificus Henk Kummeling. “Through, among many other activities, his commitment to various student organizations, Niels already has a lot of experience with administratively complex processes. We are confident that we will be a valuable addition as an advisor to our board.”

Focus on students

In his role as student assessor of the Executive Board, Vreeswijk will take part in various meetings relevant to university wide policy development from September onwards, such as the weekly meetings of the Executive Board, bilateral consultations with faculty boards and meetings between Executive Board and deans.

The assessor has an advisory role with a focus on education- and student-related issues. To stay well informed and connected, he will maintain close contact with students, including student assessors in faculties (CvUA), students in the University Council and those in student organisations.

Appointment advisory committee

Niels Vreeswijk was appointed on the recommendation of a nomination advisory committee consisting of two student representatives of the University Council, a former student assessor of the Executive Board, a staff member of the Student & Academic Affairs Office, the administrative secretary of the Executive Board and the rector magnificus.