Organization & Finance

The Organization and Finance committee deals with all internal organizational and financial components of the UvA. The subjects that pass by this committee are therefore very varied, from something as small as the quality of the vegetarian meal in the Atrium to something as big as the construction of the new University Library, or the level of tuition fees. We ensure that the interests of students are taken into account everywhere.

Allocation model
The allocation model is the way in which the UvA distributes money, that it receives from the government, over the faculties. This model has different parameters for education and research. For example, education is paid per study point, and for research the number of promotions is taken into account. There was a lot of dissatisfaction with the allocation model. The distribution wasn’t fair and there were be too many perverse incentives. That is why the allocation model was revised two years ago in collaboration with the CSR. The current allocation model therefore works better than before.

More information? Get in contact with roeland.voorbergen@studentenraad.nl

Appointment Procedure for the Executive Board
The CSR has been involved more intensively since 2015-2016 in the appointment of members of the Executive Board. For example, we have a delegation in the appointment advisory committee.

More information? Get in contact with david.nelck@studentenraad.nl

Catering
After the canteen petition of last spring, a number of things have changed at the current caterer, Cormet. More things will change in and during 2019. For example, there is a collaboration ongoing with local restaurants that are popular among students, cheaper, simpler meals and vegan options are being created. On enjoytoday.amsterdam you’ll find more information.

Meanwhile, the CSR keeps an eye on things and we collect possible criticism and suggestions for the caterer. For example, are there enough vegetarian options? Is the food still affordable for students? Is the coffee better and are the canteens really pleasant? Do we want more or less inspirational quotes? Let us know!

More information? Get in contact with jamie.vandenberg@studentenraad.nl

Deanappointment
Many new deans have been appointed in the past few years. When a new dean is being sought, it is, of course, important that the academic community, and therefore also the students, are properly heard. This file therefore deals with how deans must be appointed at the UvA. In the past period, this has varied across faculties, sometimes student council members were in the Appointment Advisory Committee (BAC), another time there was a public presentation and what happened, at every instance, was a support meeting with (a part of) the student council. The CSR is of the opinion that faculties may have their own procedure to appoint a dean, but it is therefore extremely important that students are heard in this.

More information? Get in contact with david.nelck@studentenraad.nl

Sustainability
The CSR works together with the Green Office, Students for Sustainability Amsterdam and the Fossil Free Movement Amsterdam to make the UvA a greener university. We want to achieve this through more education and research into sustainability in various academic disciplines, greener business operations (e.g. waste separation & energy, but also with which bank the UvA arranges its financial affairs) and student involvement. The CSR also tries to look for green in the new buildings and facilities of the UvA.

More information? Get in contact with david.nelck@studentenraad.nl

Finances UvA
The UvA has almost € 600 million to spend each year. That is a lot of money, but not nearly enough to be able to afford everything we want. That is why we look critically at where the money from the UvA is spent. In the spring, together with the works council, we have right of consent to the framework letter, which also includes the allocation model. This document sketches the financial framework for the coming year and is therefore very decisive for the policy of the faculties. In the autumn we have the right of approval of the budget. The financial policy has been worked out in detail and the housing plan has been added. Here, too, it is not just about money, but about the policy that is being implemented with it.

More information? Get in contact with jamie.vandenberg@studentenraad.nl

Housing
Overcrowded lecture halls, too few study places, bicycle spaces and student housing, the move of the FMG and FdR to Roeterseiland, the development of the new Binnenstad campus, a new building at Science Park, all are problems and projects that fall within the Housing dossier. As CSR, we try to ensure that the facilities for students are optimal. To achieve this, we consult with Housing Development, we are the voice of the student in various working groups and we advise the Executive Board on matters such as: the (Long-term) Housing plan.

The UvA would very much like campuses, and so we are now working hard on the so-called inner city campus. This is the area around Oudemanhuispoort, and a new University Library is being built here. The plan for the new University Library is finished and will be built in the coming years. The rest of the University Quarter is currently still under development. Both the FSR FGw and the CSR will usually be present during the discussions. The different Housing areas have different file holders.

More information about: the University Quarter or the University Library? Get in contact with jamie.vandenberg@studentenraad.nl

More information about: Roeterseiland of studentenhousing? Get in contact with alex.gritsay@studentenraad.nl

More information about: Science Park? Get in contact with malou.sprinkhuizen@studentenraad.nl

Privacy
The use of digital means in or around education is indispensable. We have never experienced the period before BlackBoard / Canvas, SIS, the digital schedule or study guide. The CSR passes the problems that students experience through to the right employees. For example, thanks to the CSR, the way you register for courses has become a lot easier. In addition, the CSR also contributes to the creation of new policy or new applications. Canvas has recently been put into use and the UvA website is also being re-developed. The CSR tries to ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible for students. Do you have ideas, questions or answers? Let us know!

More information? Get in contact with jamie.vandenberg@studentenraad.nl

Institutional Tuitition Fee
If you want to do a second bachelor or a second master, you have to pay much more tuition fees than you did for your first degree. That high rate is called the institutional tuition fee . The government does not pay for second studies and therefore universities can pass on the entire costs of the study program to the student. Why the rates are as high as they are, however, is unclear to students, the Foundation for Collective Action Universities (SCAU) has been conducting lawsuits against Dutch universities for some years. The CSR is trying to figure out, for the UvA students, about what the institution tuition fee rates consist of.

More information? Get in contact with casper.colenbrander@studentenraad.nl

University Regulations
The organization of a UvA has been established with a complex set of regulations. The University Regulations are one of these. The organizational structure of the UvA is laid down in this. Each faculty then bases its Faculty Regulations on the University Regulations. In the autumn of 2018 the CSR learned that the Faculty regulations are difficult to find and sometimes contradict the University rules. At this moment the CSR is working hard to make this document as clear as possible for students. When this regulation is to be set or changed, this can only be done with the participation of the medezeggenschap. This means that the CSR has the legal power to advice or consent. So every year, within the CSR, some regulations are scrutinized, and we examine whether they can be improved and whether the proposed changes from the Executive Board deserve our approval. All regulations and regulations of the UvA can be found at http://www.uva.nl/over-de-uva/uva-profiel/regelingen-en-reglementen

More information? Get in contact with casper.colenbrander@studentenraad.nl

Studentenstatuut
The Student Charter is for students what human rights are for humans. It contains all rights of the student. Unfortunately, the CSR must conclude that these rights are very confusing, and among other things, most students know nothing about this. The document is also not available in English. In the first quarter of 2019, a working group will be set up to revise the student statute. One CSR member will be a participant in this working group. When this regulation is to be set or changed, this can only be done with the participation of the medezeggenschap. This means that the CSR has the legal power to advice or consent. So every year, within the CSR, some regulations are scrutinized, and we examine whether they can be improved and whether the proposed changes from the Executive Board deserve our approval. All regulations and regulations of the UvA can be found at http://www.uva.nl/over-de-uva/uva-profiel/regelingen-en-reglementen

More information? Get in contact with malou.sprinkhuizen@studentenraad.nl

Profilingfund/Boardgrants
The profiling fund regulates the financial support of students who incur study delay. This can happen because they become ill, or because they fulfill a board position at a study association, student association or student organizations. The regulation is re-established once every three years, with the CSR having to agree before the regulation applies.

In the spring of 2019, the CSR is busy setting up the evaluation of the current profiling fund. In the coming year, the student organizations will be re-examined to see whether the number of management grants that they receive is still correct. In order to determine the level of the management grants, the number of members is now mainly examined. But is this a good standard? You could also impose additional requirements on the associations that fall under this fund, but that affects the independence of these associations. Therefore, a combination of the two factors has been chosen. The current profilingfund can be found here.

More information? Get in contact with jamie.vandenberg@studentenraad.nl

Supervisory Board
Universities legally have a Supervisory Board. This Supervisory Board is responsible for supervising the university and is appointed by the minister of education. The CSR can not ‘get’ anything from the Supervisory Board, but can inform the Supervisory Board about abuses in such a way that the Supervisory Board can intervene in such a situation.

More information? Get in contact with roeland.voorbergen@studentenraad.nl

Collaboration UvA-HvA-VU
For some time now this file is no longer about education and research collaborations between the UvA and the HvA, but more about the services. About two years ago it was decided to keep the services of the UvA and the HvA the same, we are now talking about it again. The CSR tries, regardless of the decision, to keep the burden on the student as low as possible.

The UvA and the VU mainly work together in the field of the Academic Center for Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA) and Amsterdam University College (AUC), because both universities are the owners. Outside these institutions, things can also arise with the merger of the VUmc and the AMC into the Amsterdam UMC.

More information? Get in contact with roeland.voorbergen@studentenraad.nl

Studentassessor
Since the Maagdenhuis occupations (2015), the University of Amsterdam has a student assessor at the central level. The assessor is a link between the CvB, the student council and the academic community. The student assessor Iris Kingma has been working since the 1st of January. The student assessor is appointed by a Nomination Advice College (BAC). This board consists of four members: one from the Supervisory Board, one from the Executive Board, one from the Central Student Council and one student appointed by the Central Student Council. As a student assessor, the assessor sits weekly at the meetings of both the Executive Board and the student council, and meets with the education directors and deans every month. In addition, the student assessor also organizes meetings for all (faculty) assessors at the UvA.

More information? Get in contact with roeland.voorbergen@studentenraad.nl

University Library and studyplaces
Every day many UvA students study at the UB at the Singel or in other study centers at the UvA. The CSR periodically consults with UB staff to ensure that students can study in a good learning environment. Recently, for example, the CSR has ensured that more study places will be created on the Roeterseiland Campus. In addition, the CSR is working hard to make the working group spaces more flexible in order to relieve the high pressure on the study places during the exam weeks.

More information? Get in contact with jamie.vandenberg@studentenraad.nl

Quality Agreements
In the end it became true: the student financing was abolished. For the last three years, students have been dealing with a loan system, in which the monthly allowance has been converted into a loan and the student is expected to repay it after the student time. But what happens to all that extra money that is released? That must go to better education of course! The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science decided that universities should invest money to improve education. This money would eventually get the universities back in part from the Ministry. The so-called quality agreements are about this. How can we best spend this money? Where does money have to go to really improve education?

At the moment, the CSR is in three different working groups to shape the elaboration of the quality agreements. In addition, the entire CSR in cooperation with the COR is in the process of determining the UvA wide regulation.

More information? Get in contact with david.nelck@studentenraad.nl

Are we missing something? If you know of any topics that the CSR should be working on; let us know!