University Council

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. 

University Council 2023-2024


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.


The University Council has divided the topics into three content committees. Each committee consists of four student members and four staff members and has both internal consultations and consultations with the Executive Board. The committees are:

  • (FHID) Finance, Housing, ICT and Sustainability, including privacy;
  • (OOS) Education, Research &Student Affairs including equality, diversity & inclusion;
  • (SPO) Strategy, Personnel & Organisation.

The contacts from the council are: Matias Edelstein (FHID), Saban Caliskan (OOS) en Lieke van Zijl (SPO).   

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. 


In principle, the university council holds plenary meetings with the Executive Board eight times a year. Explanatory and opinion-forming meetings are held in the weeks prior to these. Would you like to follow a meeting? Please check the schedule and contact the the secretaries ( or

  • 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). Policy documents addressed to the University Council will be distributed bilingually from 1 September.
  • 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 Sabine Bosveld.


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Annual reports


Postal address

P.O. Box 80125
3508 TC Utrecht