For Open Minds
and
Faculty

Letteren Vooruit strives for sustainable progress at the Faculty of Arts. Take a look at how we want to represent every student.

In short

Our accomplishments

The space

to study in the study rooms of the Harmony building, also on the weekends of the exam periods.

The transparency

of communication within the Faculty

The stricter control

on study funds through a more transparent and stricter evaluation in the Faculty Council.

Our goals

Quality of

Education must be monitored to ensure a smooth transition back to in-person learning.

Wellbeing

of students must be ensured by highlighting its relevance on the agenda of the Faculty Board.

Student participation

must be empowered by increasing transparent communication between students and the Faculty.

Letteren Vooruit

Candidates

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#1 Oliver ten Broeke

English Language & Culture

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#2 Nina Valentini

International Relations & International Organization

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#3 Sjoerd de Jong

European Languages & Cultures

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#4 Alina Staniloiu

European Languages & Cultures

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#5 Wes Woestenborghs

International Relations & International Organization

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#6 Jean-Paul Janssen

European Languages & Cultures

Student Wellbeing

Over recent years, Letteren Vooruit has become increasingly dedicated to giving Student Wellbeing the attention it deserves. Especially given the circumstances of the past academic year – one fraught with isolation and difficult changes, – Letteren Vooruit plans to bring resources for Student Wellbeing to new levels of awareness. Students should be able to obtain the support they may need, without the burden of locating these pathways placed solely on the students. Read more in our election programme →

We can address the cause as well as the symptom: by tackling the more common and severe stressors in academic life, we can give support to students before they need it

Education and Research

As the Faculty of Arts transitions to blended learning and in-person education, Letteren Vooruit will fight for the high academic standards of education and research to be upheld. The transition should go as smoothly as possible and put the interests of students first. Read more in our election programme →

 Letteren Vooruit plans to bring resources for Student Wellbeing to new levels of awareness.

Unity and Cooperation

The Faculty of Arts, a diverse community drawn from a range of cultural and educational backgrounds, should use its differences as strengths. The Faculty of Arts should be a space where everyone feels welcome. In order to help realise this, Letteren Vooruit will make sure that the opportunities for international and native students are of equal value. Read more in our election programme →

Letteren Vooruit seeks the implementation of additional classes for students and instructors to hone their English communication skills, and be certain that they can express themselves academically.

Facilities and ICT

The upcoming academic year will require the Faculty to rethink its use of both the digital and the physical space. The pandemic has increased the imminent need for the availability of digital lectures, as well as transparent and informative communication between students and teachers. Letteren Vooruit will focus itself upon promoting better facilities to accommodate the students of our Faculty, in order to create an inclusive faculty. Read more in our election programme →

Letteren Vooruit will focus itself upon promoting better facilities to accommodate the students of our faculty, in order to create an inclusive faculty, both in its physical and digital space.

Financial Future

The current financial situation at the Faculty of Arts is unsustainable. Letteren Vooruit, over the past years, has put work into improving the financial situation. However, the future of the Faculty remains uncertain, and it is clear that work needs to be done. Letteren Vooruit will request clear and specific data regarding budgeting and the financial prospects of the Faculty, and will continue to work with other Arts Faculties in the Netherlands to ensure that budget cuts do not negatively impact students. Read more in our election programme →

Letteren Vooruit will ask the Faculty Board for clear and effective solutions concerning current financial issues.

Internationalisation

International students are becoming more involved in the University’s policies, hence Letteren Vooruit emphasises the value of bilingualism in the Council. Therefore, we will ensure that the Faculty Council’s agenda and notes, as well as the rest of the materials covered, are published in both English and Dutch, so that they are accessible to any student interested in the Faculty Council meetings. Also, we will provide handy access to all the documents that should be of interest and we will give clear guidelines on where they can be found. Read more in our election programme →

Letteren Vooruit will work on changing the language of the Faculty Council meetings to English.

Organization

Decision-making at the Faculty of Arts takes place on various levels and can often seem untransparent for those not familiar with the system. Letteren Vooruit will make sure that the organisational structure of the Faculty as well as the opportunities for students to participate and make their voices heard are clearly communicated with students, so that they are aware which body to address with which questions and suggestions. Secondly, we would like to make the voices of Master’s and PhD students more heard in the Faculty Council, as these students are often under-represented. Read more in our election programme →

Letteren Vooruit wants to include the opinion and ideas of every student in the Faculty.

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