The budget of our faculty is the starting point for how the money will be distributed among all study programs, teachers and students. The FSR-FMG strives for the greatest transparency possible within the financial cycle. The FSR-FMG also strives to simplify the budget presentation to the entire academic community of our faculty. This way, everyone can see how much money the faculty receives and how much is spent on education, research and accommodation. If cuts are made this year, the FSR-FMG will be on top of this to ensure that the quality of education is not compromised. An example of this is that we will keep an eye on the time for thesis supervision, so that students receive the best possible guidance and actually develop further in this complex skill.
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The ILO stands for the Interfaculty Teacher Training. This is a postmaster that can be followed when a student wants to get a teaching qualification in his or her field. In response to the CROHO reduction at the ILO, it was decided to set up a sounding board group. Participation of the faculties involved is organized in this sounding board group. Involved are the Faculty of Economics and Business, the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science, the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences, in which the ILO is located.
Having good teachers is essential for the development of the Netherlands. The working group will provide solicited and unsolicited advice to the program director of the educational masters who transcend the ILO interest. We will be committed to better communication about teaching as a real and valued position. After all, without teachers there is no UvA! The interfaculty nature underlines the importance of cooperation. The FSR-FMG also finds it important that students become aware of the broad career choices that are available. In this way, coordination and transfer take place optimally.
Study advisers can be of great value to students. It is therefore important that helping and advising students is central to the work of the study advisors. That is why it is important that study advisors are easily accessible to students. Good communication is crucial. For example, it is important that students are familiar with study advisors and it must be clear to students with which questions they can turn to study advisors. It is also important that the information about extra curricular activities or following a second study is clear to students. The study advisors could play a role in providing information about this. Subsequently, the needs of the student must be central to the advice of the study advisors.
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Exam committees play a central role in decisions for and about students. Given the decentralized structure of the University of Amsterdam, all examination committees have their own way of working and maintain their own regulations. We believe it is important that the examination boards have sufficient means to be able to do their work and that they can respond to requests from students in a thorough and timely manner. In the coming year we want to look into the possibility of having a student take a seat in the examination committees and to what extent there is a need for this. In addition, the FSR-FMG finds it worrying that there are members of examination committees who sometimes hold the position for several years. The FSR FMG wants to look at the desirability of this and why there no new people available to take a seat in the examination boards.
Some students participate more in seminars than others. When students are graded on this, this is called a participation grade. The criteria on which a student is assessed are unclear and therefore the validity is questionable. A question that can be asked, for example, is whether extrovert students have an advantage over introvert students. The FSR-FMG would consider this as undesirable, since the calculation is based on an irrelevant characteristic and may therefore promote inequality. If there are complaints about the participation grade, the FSR-FMG will discuss this.