As student, employee or grant PhD you can join a representative advisory body to discuss the university-wide issues that form the focus of the strategy of both our university and your faculty or service department. During the elections you can put yourself forward as a candidate for the University Council or your own Faculty Council or Employees’ Consultative Body. Students and staff vote to determine who they wish to represent them.

When are the elections?
Every year the Central Electoral Office organises elections for the student seats in the University Council. And every two years for the staff seats. The next elections for the student and staff seats will be held from Monday 8 till Wednesday 10 May 2023.

Elections for the University Council

How do I put myself forward as candidate?

Students, employees and PhD candidates can put themselves forward as a candidate until Thursday 6 April 2023:

  • They can join an existing list. Contact the spokesperson of this list.
  • They can start their own list and put themselves and others forward as a candidate.

I am an international student or employee. Can I put myself forward as a candidate?

International students and employees can also stand for election. Members of the University Council who can't speak Dutch yet, can count on extensive English summaries of each memo; English translations of impactful memos; budget for translations; a Dutch course focused on participation and, if necessary, an interpreter or a suitable alternative until you will have sufficiently mastered the Dutch language (receptive language). The university expects you to make an effort to improve your Dutch language skills.Read more about multilingualism in employee and student representation.

What is the schedule?

For the elections of 2023 the schedule is as follows:



7 March – 6 April 2023

Electoral register check

7 March – 6 April 2023

Submit candidate forms and consent forms

6 April 2023

Announcement of candidate lists

8 – 10 May 2023 (23:59) 


12 May 2023

Results of elections

More information

Do you want more information about the elections? Read the regulations or contact the secretary of the Central Electoral Office, Anne Marie Partridge