What do the University and Faculty Council do?

The University Council (UC) and Faculty Council (FC) have a say in the direction of the university and the faculties and represent the interests of students and staff.

University Council
The University Council’s main powers are the right to give advice and the right to give or withhold consent. The UM Administration and Management Regulations, which the UC was involved in drawing up, set out the issues on which the UC is asked for advice and/or consent.

The UC also serves as a sounding board for the Executive Board, is involved in assessment and monitoring, and may submit proposals for new initiatives. The UC has three committees in which staff and students discuss plans and proposals with the Executive Board. Each month a plenary meeting is held with the full council and the Executive Board.

Faculty Council
In addition to the UC, each faculty has a Faculty Council. Functioning in virtually the same way as the UC, these Councils keep the UC informed of faculty affairs and serve as sparring partners and consultation bodies for the Faculty Boards and the dean.

Like the UC, the Faculty Councils are composed of representatives of the academic staff, support staff and students, each elected by their own group at UM. Staff delegates serve terms of two years, students one year.

The Faculty Councils have powers in various areas, including the right to give or withhold consent on the faculty regulations, parts of the Education and Examination Regulations, the guidelines for academic practice and internal policy documents in the areas of education, research and internationalisation. The FC also has the right to advise on matters such as the appointment of professors and the faculty budget.

Source: Maastricht University

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