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Student section Faculty Council

You can ask the student section of the Faculty Council any and all questions, opinions or ideas about the faculty. let your voice as a student be heard!

Belang van Omar (BVO)

A new wind is blowing through university politics, a new momentum. Belang van Omar, for myself, because someone has to do it. There is just one party for the student who doesn't give a damn, one party for students who think it's all OK, one party for students who are able to enjoy ordinary populism. And maybe, who knows, the interests of Belang van Omar could be your interests too. Do you want free coffee? Do you want to watch football on University premises? Do you want fast food in the Lipsius restaurant? If you answer 'yes'to any of these, then vote for me. Not that I can change these things from the University Council or the Faculty Council. But during this campaign, I'm living the dream.  


  • Omar Ghaly

Christelijke Studentenfractie Leiden (CSL)

We are dedicated to promoting your well-being and we stand firm on the importance of a secure digital teaching climate. We also advocate better links with the job market, so that your talents can be developed to the maximum. We are in favour of smaller-scale teaching, expanding flex studying, more attention for preparing you for the job market in the final year of your programme and interdisciplinary education. As students, we work together to promote our wellbeing, a university that takes your future into account and the quality of education to which we are entitled. Vote for CSL: for your future!


  • Laura Dagmar Linde

Democratic Students Party (DSP)

The Democratic Student Party - The Hague is a party that has always worked to represent the opinions of our fellow students actively and respectfully, aiming to address current hopes and concerns. We are a party that isn't afraid to express criticism of the management, to make the opinions of our colleagues known and to address issues such as diversity, inclusiveness and student well-being. One key aim for us is that everyone should have a voice and that this voice has to be listened to, respected and represented. A vote for DSP is a vote for inclusiveness! 


  • Lelani Antar

Liberale Studentenpartij (LSP)

The University elections are the opportunity for students to put their stamp on the day-to-day happenings at out fantastic University. Whether it's about study facilities, how we can make our premises more sustainable, how we can improve the quality of the education or promoting a rich student life: there's a good chance that the University Council and/or the Faculty Councils are involved and have a say in all these issues. LSP is the newest, fastest growing and biggest student party in Leiden. Our motto is: your student years are about more than studying. And that's what we aim to promote! Questions or suggestions? Contact us via social media.  


  • Daniël Hooimeijer

Daniël Hooimeijer studies BA History.

‘It is a difficult proces to grasp everything and represent the thousands of students. That is why I, together with my collegues, am trying to create a closer and durable network between the faculty council and the students of humanities. We have already made a start by also going to the meetings of the association boards (VerO) and the study boards (SoBo) for feedback on policy. Besides that, I am trying to get the restaurants open for longer.’

Lijst Vooruitstrevende Studenten (LVS)

LVS promotes the interests of all students, including international students. We stand for inclusion, diversity and a sharp, critical view of the University. The well-being of students, a place where everyone can feel at home, and an environment where we are treated respectfully as students and where we can be involved: these are my priorities. That means treating students equally, and  including students with other needs and convictions, and those who do not speak Dutch. When looking at policies, we focus on the impact on our health, including mental health, pressure of work and well-being as students. Make sure you vote for LVS!


  • Emma de Man
  • Jose Manuel Jun Pereira 
  • Björn de Ruiter
  • Sinan Zhao

Jose Manuel Jun Pereira studies BA English Language and Culture. He specializes in Ancient and Medieval English and would like to further explore this with a research master's and PhD track. In addition to being a Faculty Council member, Jose Pereira is also a student mentor, volunteer, and board member of Lijst Vooruitstrevende Studenten, and in doing so, a member of several committees.

‘In the council, I like to push for visibility, inclusivity, student welfare, and sustainability. It's time that we bring co-determination forward more clearly, and that more students feel informed enough when voting. Furthermore, I will also work to strengthen student opinion in the council so that everyone knows we have a voice.’

Björn de Ruiter
Sinan Zhao

Sinan Zhao studies BA Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives and BSc Student International Bachelors of Psychology (Social Sciences).

‘Having studied in four countries across three different continents, I gained the opportunity to experience first-hand what international students need to feel safe and at home at a university in another country. My goal for being a member of the Faculty Council is to make sure students’ voices are being heard, perhaps from a more “bottom-up” perspective to facilitate necessary conversations between students and the faculty in areas such as diversity and inclusion, student well-being and its practicalities concerning exams and accessibility for students with additional needs. Another aspect to be emphasized is the visibility of resources offered by the faculty to help students and staff members, since there are already many options offered by the faculty, there just needs to be a way to navigate the students to the right place either on the digital platform or in-person help.’

Ondernemende Studenten Leiden (ONS)

ONS is the green party for active students. Your student years are a time when you should be developing across all fronts. The university that ONS represents is a university that provides excellent education and research, that cares about your personal development and wellbeing, that supports Leiden's student associations, ensures good working conditions for its staff and makes a contribution to society. In short, an ambitious and world-class university. Do you share these ambitions? Then vote for ONS!


  • Michael Reintjens
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