As student, employee or grant PhD you can join a representative advisory body to discuss the university-wide issues that form the focus of the strategy of both our university and your faculty or service department. During the elections you can put yourself forward as a candidate for the University Council or your own Faculty Council or Employees’ Consultative Body. Students and staff vote to determine who they wish to represent them.  

When are the elections?

Every year the Central Electoral Office organises elections for the student seats in the University Council. And every two years for the staff seats. The upcoming elections for the student seats will be held from Monday 13 till Wednesday 15 May 2024.

Elections for the Faculty Councils and Employees’ Consultative Bodies

Click the links below for information about the elections for your council:  

Elections for the University Council

How do I put myself forward as candidate? 

Students, employees and PhD candidates can put themselves forward as a candidate until 11 April 2024 : 

  • They can join an existing list. Contact the spokesperson of this list. 

  • They can start their own list and put themselves and others forward as a candidate. 

I am an international student or employee. Can I put myself forward as a candidate? 

Yes. Currently, UU is exploring options for making employee and student representation (more) accessible to international members (see multilingualism & participation). In the University Council, this has led to a Lingua Receptiva policy, where an international member can speak either English or Dutch, depending on their mastery of the respective languages. One is expected to make an effort to reach passive Dutch understanding, but members of the University Council who do not understand Dutch (yet), can count on English translations of each memo; budget for translations; a Dutch language course focused receptive Dutch for meetings and administration (at entry level B1); other Dutch courses; and, if necessary, an interpreter or a suitable alternative.


What is the schedule?

For the elections of 2024 the schedule is as follows:

7 March – 11 April 2024Electoral register check
7 March – 11 April 2024Submit candidate forms and consent forms
11 March 2024Mailing to students: check the electoral register
23 April 2024Announcement of candidate lists 
13 – 15 May 2024 (23:59)Elections
17 May 2024Results of elections

More information

Do you want more information about the elections? Have a look at the frequently asked questions, read the regulations or contact the secretary to the Central Electoral Office, Anne Marie Partridge