University Council

Groepsfoto U-raad 2017-2018

The University Council promotes the interests of all employees and students with the Executive Board of Utrecht University. As a regular discussion partner for the Board, the council contributes greatly to the course of the university as a whole, as well as the state of affairs within the university. The University Council critically monitors the Executive Board, provides it with solicited and unsolicited advice and jointly decides with the Board on important matters.


The University Council is made up of twelve members of staff and twelve students from all faculties and support services. Every year, students elect new representatives, while members of staff do the same once every two years. Your vote counts!

Right of consent and right to be consulted

The University Council consults with the Executive Board regarding University-wide policy on teaching, research, finances and human resources. The Council provides the Board with solicited and unsolicited advice, and has the right of consent in certain matters. 

Memorandums, documents and agendas

At the beginning of each academic year, the University Council determines its main priority areas. These are the policy issues that the Council wants to put on the agenda for its discussions with the Board. 

  • The University Council consults and negotiates with the Executive Board in Council and committee meetings. Take a look at the public meetings in 2017-2018 (in Dutch). Please check at the secretariat (phone 8898, 4355 or 9148) whether there are any changes in date, time or location.
  • The agendas, reports and related documents of council meetings, along with memorandums that were written by the University Council, can be found on the Teamsite (log in with or, and again with the same email address and your Solis password). If you have any questions about these documents, then please read the regulations or contact one of the University Council's secretaries, Anne-Marie Partridge or Trudelien van 't Hof.


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Please feel free to contact the University Council.