Honours’ Student Council
The Honours’ Student Council (HSC) was established in September 2013 by several honours students of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and VU University (VU). Being part of Extensus, the HSC is responsible for evaluating and preserving the quality of the honours programme through its annual survey. Additionally, we aim to create a communication network between the different honours programmes of the VU, the UVA and AUC. We are trying to reach this goal through our regular meetings with the VU-UVA Honours Committee, to express the honours student’s opinions, contributing to the improvement of the programme.
The current Honours Student Council consists of the following members:
• Ahmed Daniyal Shahid (Secretary)
• Jozef Saranko (PR)
• Katharina Nicole Rennert (University Officer VU)
• Vongai Batidzirai (President)
• Brunna Torino (University Officer UvA)
Being part of Extensus, the HSC is responsible for evaluating and preserving the quality of the Honours Programme (HP) through its annual survey. Additionally, the HSC aims to create a communication network between the different Honours programs of the VU, the UvA and AUC. It is therefore important that the HSC keeps close contact with both policy makers and teachers in the universities and the Honours Committee, as well as with the Honours students. All HSC members have to be Extensus members and the HSC meets once or twice every month. Though the workload is initially minimum, it is up to the HSC members to come up with bright ideas to promote and improve the HP. Deadline for applications is June 30th and you can apply by sending your CV and short motivation letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are five functions within the HSC, which are as follows:
- President: The President is responsible for keeping an overview of what the HSC does, making sure the HSC effectively pursues its mission and chairing the HSC meetings.
- Secretary: The Secretary is the organizing factor of the HSC. He or she keeps track of the HSC Gmail, uploads relevant documents on the drive and makes the minutes of the meeting.
- PR Officer: The PR Officer is mostly engaged with promoting the activities of the HSC among the Honours students, which will be especially important when the HSC sets out its annual survey.
- University Officer VU: The University Officer VU maintains close contact with the VU on behalf of the HSC. This includes keeping in touch with the Faculty Representatives of the VU.
- University Officer UvA: The University Officer UvA maintains close contact with the UvA on behalf of the HSC. This includes keeping in touch with the Faculty Representatives of the UvA.
- Gaining the opinion of the Honours students about the HP to see what can be improved, most notably by setting out a large annual survey at all the faculties of the VU and the UvA.
- Communicating points for improvement for the HP to policy makers and teachers. This can be done by keeping close contact with the Honours coordinators throughout the year and by distributing the report with the survey results to the Honours coordinators. In this process, the Faculty Representatives are important as well.
- Every faculty has a Faculty Representative, who is available for the students from his/her faculty to answer questions and who helps to promote the Honours Programme at his/her faculty. The HSC is responsible for recruiting the Faculty Representatives and for maintaining close relations with them.
- At the highest level, decisions about the HP are made by the VU-UvA Honours Committee, which usually meets once a year. The HSC has a seat in the Committee, and can use this meeting to present the results of last year’s survey.
- • Building a strong student communication platform between VU-UvA-AUC in the collaboration of the Honours Programmes of the Universities;
• Strive towards equality between both universities concerning the HP;
- • Participate in policy making by participation in the VU-UvA Honours Committee;
• Gaining student’s opinions about topical interest, content and quality of the HP.
Student Faculty Representatives
The Student Faculty Representatives of the VU University and the University of Amsterdam both consist of about 12 students from the different faculties. They have the responsibility of keeping close contact with the students and the coordinator of their own faculty. By evaluating the faculty’s Honours Programme and forming a bridge between students and policymakers, they seek to guard the quality of the Honours Programme.
• Keep in contact with the students of your faculty;
• Evaluation of the content of the faculty’s Honours Programme;
• Promotion and organize bonding meetings;
• Meet with other faculty representatives four times a year and a closing meeting.
Faculty Representatives 2019-2020
|University of Amsterdam|
|Name||Faculty of||Contact Email|
|Danillo||Economics and Business—Representative for the Business email@example.com|
|Ula||Economics and Business—Representative for the Economics firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Anna Z.||Social and Behavioural Sciencesemail@example.com|
|Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam|
|Name||Faculty of||Contact Email|
|Brigitte||Earth and Life Sciences (FALW)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Elmar||Economics and Businessemail@example.com|