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Which Student Councils are there and what do they do?

There are seven Faculty Student Councils (FSR) and one Central Student Council (CSR). The Faculty Student Councils liaise with the dean of their faculty, while the Central Student Council liaises with the Executive Board.

Are you interested in finding out more about what the various Student Councils do? If so, the links on this page will take you to their websites, where you can find information on the members of the various councils, what exactly the councils get involved with and when they meet.

Central Student Council

The Central Student Council (CSR) gets involved with UvA-wide issues, such as housing, the binding study advice (BSA) and course evaluations. The CSR liaises with the Executive Board and has a statutory right of approval and to be consulted on a wide range of issues.

The right to be consulted means that the CSR must be consulted on certain decisions. The CSR responds by issuing an opinion. While this opinion is not binding, it must be factored into the decision-making process. The right of approval means that the CSR's approval is required for policy to become legal and therefore binding.

The CSR comprises 14 members who are democratically elected on an annual basis. Seven members are elected directly, while the other seven are delegated by the Faculty Student Councils. This ensures close contact between the various student councils, enabling them to identify problems earlier and tackle them more effectively.

Faculty Student Councils

In addition to the Central Student Council (CSR), each faculty has its own Faculty Student Council. They liaise with the dean of their faculty on faculty-specific issues such as student facilities, resit opportunities and the Teaching and Examination Regulations, which set out a number of your rights as a student.

Like the Central Student Council, the Faculty Student Councils have the right to be consulted and the right of approval. The right of approval means that the FSR's approval is required for policy to become legal and therefore binding. The FSR has the right of approval with regard to the Teaching and Examination Regulations, which are reviewed annually in May.

The right of consultation means that the FSR must be consulted on certain decisions. The FSR responds by issuing an opinion. While this opinion is not binding, it must be factored into the decision-making process.

The district system
The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Medicine work with a district system. This helps with proportional representation of students in the Faculty Student Council (FSR). As an FSR member, you will consult with (for example) your own College/Graduate School director and with the faculty dean . In this way, you can defend the interests of both your fellow students in your study programme and those of the entire faculty. If you stand for election, you'll do so for the district in which you're studying. During the elections in June, students can only vote for candidates within their own district.