The Faculty Student Council (FSR) is here to defend the interests of all the students at the Faculty of Science. We want to ensure that education at our faculty is the best it can be. The Council therefore advises on matters such as opportunities for retakes and freedom of choice, but also, for example, computer facilities and catering services. We also check and approve the Teaching and Examination Regulations (TER) each year, determining parts of your rights as a student at the UvA.
The Student Council is one of the three levels of participation for students that exists. Every programme has a Programme Committee (OC) and the Central Student Council represents all the faculties of the University of Amsterdam. The Faculty Student Council for the Faculty of Science maintains a good relationship with the Programme Committees. The Central Student Council keeps contact in quite a different way: there is always a student from the Faculty Council delegated to the Central Student Council. Members for the Faculty Student Councils and the Central Student Council are elected annually in May. The FSR at the Faculty of Science has 12 council members.
The student council meets once a week. This is every Thursday from 18.00-20.00 at Science Park, room B1.49c. Just come by, all meetings are open to the public! During the meeting we discuss various topics and we consider advices to the dean. The Council works with task forces. We have certain issues that we want to keep doing this year grouped with several overarching themes. Each topic has an overarching task force consisting of five people who are closely involved with this subject. This task force gathers information and writes advice. We do however share this information during our meetings and we think about the advice we want to give by discussing it at the meetings.
Nowadays the right and priviliges of Student Councils are defined by law, in the Wet op het Hoger onderwijs en het Wetenschappelijk onderzoek (WHW). This law describes the rights that every Student Council can fall back on at any time.
Traditionally, the Dutch universities were a very rigid organization. Students had no opportunities to make their voices heard and participate in the design of education. At the end of the 60’s, tensions were so high that the students decided to occupy the administrative center of the University of Amsterdam, the Maagdenhuis. They demanded participation in the university administration. This first Maagdenhuis occupation lasted from 16 to 21 May 1969 and was the beginning of a historical series.