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Faculty Council

The Faculty Council is the second highest consultation body within the University, after the University Council. The Faculty Council (FC) has the right of consent and the right to prior consultation on various matters relating to the Faculty. The Council thus functions as the representative of students and staff, and as a ‘sounding board’ for the Faculty Board. Watch this video for a short impression of what the Faculty Council does!

Consultation meetings of Faculty Council

The consultation meetings of the Faculty Council are public, and anyone interested is very welcome to attend the meetings (aside from the confidential part).

See also: Rules of the Faculty Council

Consultation meetings

Consultation meetings of the Faculty Council with the Faculty Board in the academic year 2020-2021.
Meetings are always held from 15.15 to 18.00 (at the latest).

  • Wednesday 30 September 2020

  • Wednesday 11 November 2020

  • Wednesday 9 December 2020

  • Wednesday 13 January 2021  - reserve

  • Wednesday 17 February 2021

  • Wednesday 7 April 2021

  • Wednesday 19 May 2021

  • Wednesday 7 July 2021

  • Wednesday 25 August 2021 - reserve

Preparatory meetings

The preparatory meetings (internal meetings) of the Faculty Council for the year 2018-2019 are held on Wednesday at 13.00-15.00, before the consultation meeting. Meeting documents and the agenda are available for inspection at the Faculty Board’s Secretarial Office (Lipsius Building, third floor, Room 303).


Topics that are discussed in the Faculty Council include, for example, teaching, the bachelor’s-master’s system, HR issues and the budget. The topics placed on the agenda are prescribed by the regulations or the law, or are put forward by the Faculty Board or the Faculty Council. Depending on the agenda, standing and special advisory committees give advice to the Faculty Council.

The Faculty Regulations give a precise specification of the tasks and powers of the Faculty Council (Chapter 10, Articles 39 to 53 inclusive). See also the Rules of Procedure of the Faculty Council (Reglement van Orde Faculteitsraad).

Frequently asked questions

Would you like to become a member of the Faculty Council and are you wondering what Faculty Council work involves? Then take a look at the FAQs.

How long does a membership last?
The term of office for a staff member of the Council is two years, starting in September of an odd-numbered year.

Exactly how much time will I spend on it each month?
This is difficult to say. You will spend at least 1.5 days per month reading and in meetings. It will take more time if you want to look in depth at topics that are close to your heart and, for example, want to consult with the people you represent, or propose items for the agenda yourself.

How do I stand for membership of the Faculty Council?
Fill in the form on this page and submit it to the Polling Station (Lipsius 2.01) or send it to stembureau@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Can I combine it with my work / can I make an arrangement with my manager about the working time I will spend on it?
Co-participation bodies promote the wellbeing and interests of the staff and students. Co-participation is therefore important for the University to function correctly. If you choose to actively take part in a co-participation body, your manager must allow you the time to do this. How you fit it in with your normal work responsibilities should therefore be discussed, for example, in your Performance and Development Interview.

To properly do the job, it is reasonable to allocate 0.1 fte for it in your job responsibilities. You should discuss this in good time, however, so that your other work can be planned accordingly.

What are the main activities involved in the work of a Faculty Council member?
Formally, Article 9.37 of the Higher Education and Research Act (WHW) stipulates that the Faculty Council has the same right of consent and right to prior consultation for matters relating to the Faculty as the University Council has for 'central' matters. This is further elaborated in Chapter 10 of the Regulations of the Faculty of Humanities. The topics discussed in the Faculty Council, however, are often different from those discussed in the University Council, because the issues that are important at a Faculty level are different from those at a central level.

The Faculty Council has the right to issue advice to the Faculty Board, on its own initiative, about all Faculty matters for which it considers this desirable; the Faculty Board is obliged to respond to this advice. This is a good way to ensure, for example, that any problems occurring 'in the workplace' or among large groups of students are brought to the attention of the Faculty Board. As a Council member, you naturally decide for yourself whether you want to focus on something specifically or look at something in depth, but your vote obviously counts for all items on the agenda.

Can I choose for myself what my activities will be?
You can choose for yourself whether you want to engage in-depth with a specific dossier, or whether you want to take an all-round approach. You can choose to be guided by the agenda of the consultation meetings, but you can also propose agenda items yourself.

Is it useful to be a member of the Faculty Council?
Of course it is useful! Healthy co-participation is important for a healthy organisation. Share your ideas and put critical questions to the Faculty Board. Carry out your own investigations and introduce new ideas. Detect problems in the organisation and mention them, so that the Faculty Board is aware and can do something about them. Monitor the processes that lead to changes in the range of study programmes offered.

The Faculty Council does more than you think!

Members of the Faculty Board

An updated list of members can be found on the Dutch version of this page:

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