University Council

Meet the VUUR fraction 2018 – 2019 here! They will introduce themselves and tell you which student organizations and standpoints are important to them.

1. Ingrid Weerts (Humanities, Artificial Intelligence)
USCKI Incognito, Education Committee AI

Committee: Education, Research and Student Affairs (OOS. Note: abbreviations in Dutch)
Function: Chairwoman VUUR association
Portfolio: Strengthening University Democracy

This is Ingrid Weerts, 20, BSc Artificial Intelligence student. Every day, she sees lecture halls that are extremely full, and teachers who collapse under the workload. She sees that almost no one feels involved with the student participation and the university council. That’s surprising, since the council makes important decisions about your education. The student body is consulted about your seating areas in the university library, about when your tuition is due, and about the didactical training of your Teaching assistants. And yet, an election turnout of 26,3% last year, was historically high.

Ingrid thinks that’s bizarre. The university council represents you, but can only do so if you choose to vote. Ingrid wants to use all her political experience to get to work for you. A vote for Ingrid, is a vote for righteous and qualitative education, and an approachable university council. You can always mail her with questions, suggestions and ideas: – that doesn’t only go during election times, but also afterwards. See you at the ballot box!


2. Jeroen Poortstra (GEO,  Earth Sciences)
UAV, U.S. Histos

                   Committee: Strategy, Housing and Organisation (SHO)
Function: Chairman VUUR fraction
Portfolio: Student wellbeing

Jeroen recently finished the bachelor Earth Sciences at the faculty of Geosciences. Apart from studying he participates in several committees and a racing team at sailing association Histos. He has been closely involved in the education of students. For example, he has been a member of the education committee of the study Earth Sciences and the committee on higher education of student union VIDIUS. In the education committee he was concerned with improvement of the review period of exams and report, as well as the feedback given on the latter. He would like to continue working on this topic in the university council.

Furthermore, he would like to gain awareness for mental health problems by improving the understanding among fellow students and teachers and get rid of the taboo on this subject. Also, he thinks it should be easier, financially and time wise, to attend a student psychologist. Thirdly, he finds a vibrant and attractive university campus with sufficient (self)study en meeting places of large importance.


3. Bina Chirino (Humanities, Language and culture studies)
Studiestichting Alias, Happietaria, Teiresias

                   Committee: Finances, Personel and ICT (FPI)
Function: Chairwoman University Council
Portfolio: Diversity

Bina is in her third year of Language and culture studies and likes to participate in a large number of extracurricular activities. She has taken place in several committees of christian student association S.S.R.-N.U and student association Alias, and was a manager for pop-up student restaurant Happietaria. In the council, she would like to focus on student well-being, sustainability and diversity within the UU.






4. Maaike Röling (DKG, Veterinary Medicine)
V.V.F.C. De Uithof, Onderwijscommissie en Faculteitsraad  DGK

                   Committee: Finances, Personel and ICT (FPI)
Function: Secretary University Council
Portfolio: Personel

Last year, Maaike finished her bachelor and this year she will be a member of the university councel on behalf of VUUR. She studies veterinary medicine and has been active in various associations there. Besides the university council, she will also be on the board of ‘Stichting Dag van het Aangespannen Paard’, this foundation organizes an animal related event in May 2019. In the student body of the university council, Maaike will have the function of secretary. Chances are, that if you contact the university council via mail of phone, you will get in touch with her first. So please send all your questions, ideas and complaints, Maaike looks forward to hear them and work on them together with the

rest of the council.

Maaike is especially interested in innovations in education, student participation, selection and integration of student portals. In the council, she will be a member of the Financial, Personnel and IT committee (FPI). If you have any ideas on these subject, feel free to get in touch with Maaike. Besides that, she will be the portfolio holder Personnel in the student body. Personnel matters do have an effect on students after all! Feel free to get in touch with Maaike with all your ideas concerning our university!


5. Floris Boudens (Humanities, History + Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences)
SV Eureka (Humanities Honours Programme), UHSK.

                   Committee: Education, Research and Student Affairs (OOS)
Function: Chairman Committee OOS
Portfolio: Education and Student Wellbeing

Floris (21) is a third year History student. He also started studying Interdisciplinary Social Sciences this this year. He wants to bring his critical attitude to the University Council and work towards a better university.   🙂

Studying at two faculties simultaneously is a challenge. It has made him realize how important overarching policy is for our University. That’s why he wants to represent students in the University Council next year.

Themes he is interested in are: national funding of science, student activism, student wellbeing, education (interdisciplinary, honary, challenging and qualitative education) and student associations. His council year is enriched by a function as research coordinatior within the context of Stichting OER.

Dutch academia are under attack through decreasing state funding resulting in severe distress, work pressure and a pressure to achieve for teacher and students. Grants are getting lower and we allow an entire generation of students to be in severe debt, robbing them of the chance to get a loan for a house.

6. Demian van Gurp (Bèta, Molecular Life Sciences)

Committee: Strategy, Housing and Organization (SHO)
Function: Chairman Committee SHO
Portfolio: Quality Agreements

Demian is a third-year student at the Faculty of Science at the track Molecular Life Sciences (MLS). Here he is involved with the biological and pharmaceutical fields of this study. Together with fellow students he has set up an association for MLS, and in the future a Bèta Broad Bachelor, for the students named U.L.S.V. Amino. He is also a member at UBV and Proton.Demian also finds his studies very interesting and hopes to become a researcher and teacher one day in, for example, neurobiology, cell biology, DNA research or cancer research.

Within the University Council he is the chairman of the Strategy, Housing and Organization (SHO) committee. This means that he deals with the strategic plan, construction / renovation / demolition plans, landscaping, sustainability and much more. Of course, Demian can be reached for anything, at, and if he does not know the answer, he will forward you to the right person. Within the board Demian is occupied with to the portfolio of quality agreements for academic education. This has to do with the money released from the abolition of the general scholarship for students.


7. Tymen Cobelens (GEO, Science and Innovation Management)
C.S. Veritas, Faculteitsraad GEO

Committee: Finances, Personel and ICT (FPI)
Function: Treasurer University Council
Portfolio: Digitalization

Tymen is the Treasurer of the University Council in the year 18’-19’. He studies Science and Innovationmanagement and is in the third year of huis studies. He is a member of C.S. Veritas. He is approachable by everyone who has questions which are linked to the University Utrecht. He is in the commision ‘Strategy, Housing and Organisation (SHO).