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 next elections for the student and staff seats will be held from Monday 8 till Wednesday 10 May 2023.

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 Thursday 6 April 2023:

  • 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 student representation (more) accessible to international members (see multilingualism & participation). In the University Council, this has led to a Lingua Receptiva policy, where people 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 on participation and, if necessary, an interpreter or a suitable alternative.  


What is the schedule?

For the elections of 2023 the schedule is as follows:

7 March – 6 April 2023Electoral register check
7 March – 6 April 2023Submit candidate forms and consent forms
6 April 2023Announcement of candidate lists
8 – 10 May 2023 (23:59)Elections
12 May 2023Results of elections

More information

Do you want more information about the elections? Read the regulations or contact the secretary to the Central Electoral Office, Anne Marie Partridge