Candidates university council

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Candidates university council

We proudly present you to our candidates for the University Council 2019 – 2020. Our candidates come from all faculties, so read below who can represent you the best. You can also follow their Facebook page to keep updated on the latest news! Are you curious who are members of the University Council on behalf of VUUR this year? You can find out about them on their page!

 

BSc Global Sustainability Science
Geosciences

1) Vincent de Haes

Storm, faculty council GEO
Focus: internationalisation

Though he is not a mechanical engineer, Vincent is a real builder of bridges. As vice-chair of the geosciences faculty council and with a bachelors degree in Global sustainability science in the pocket, he is ready to start connecting students to policy makers to reach substantial solutions. Focusing on sustainability and internationalisation, Vincent can make sure the university board is listening. Staying in touch with students is his first priority, with the goal of making sure complaints, but moreover the ideas of students are heard. In faculty student representation, he has been able to improve the reparation rules for students and to make sure students receive their schedules a minimum of four weeks in advance. During meetings, Vincent is verbally strong and charismatic, skills he also uses during the many informal student meetups and drinks he attends. During weekends, you can find Vincent on the race bike or the squash-court, making sure the VUURsweater doesn’t get too tight. As leading candidate for VUUR this year, he wants to be a leader for all students and make sure each and every student is able to make the most of their time at Utrecht University.

BA Liberal Arts and Sciences
Humanities

2) Anneke Marien

Atlas, DWARS
Focus: sustainability

Anneke is a first year student of Liberal Arts and Sciences and member of the Atlas. Born and raised in Utrecht, she has always loved the city. Since she was twelve she has already been working on student participation, with active roles within, for example, LAKS as a member of the ‘Voortgangscommissie’. As a first year, she can offer a fresh look and a different perspective and represent the younger students in the University Council. She has committed herself to a sustainable university, student welfare and an accessible university for everyone.

BSc Sociology & BA Philosophy
Social and Behavioural Sciences & Humanities

3) Jesse Wijlhuizen

Usocia, STUF, CNV jongeren, Jonge Democraten
Focus: student development

During his study Sociology and Philosophy, he has gained experience as president at the Usocia and the student board of the Utrechts Universiteitsfonds. He has represented young people in national politics in the field of Dutch education systems and the future of the pension system. He would like to get started in a University Council that is well visible for all UU students. He wants to strive towards a more humane climate at Utrecht University, where the development and well-being of both students and teachers is central. In this search for a more humane climate, the education should always be the priority.

LLB Law & BA Philosophy
Law, Economics and Governance & Humanities

4) Nienke Prins

JSVU, USConcert, VGSU
Focus: career prospects

Nienke is studying Philosophy and Law and plays the violin at Utrechtsch Studenten Concert. Last year, she was president of this orchestra. In this function she has learned to give guidance, take responsibility and make good contacts. She plans to take this experience with her to the University Council next year.

“I go to the university because of education and I want to work for the quality of it. That’s my priority, and also the one of VUUR. I’d like to see that the university is not only there for the excellent students, but for anyone who wants to and can study. I want the university to set aside monitary thinking, lowering the threshold for students who want to join a board or council and taking away the threshold entirely for those who are functionally impaired.”

BA Philosophy & BA Dutch Language and Culture
Humanities

5) Rens van Hoogdalem

WOinActie, N.S.U., Vooys, Ruimzicht
Focus: student engagement

Rens has got a Bachelors degree in Philosophy and Dutch language and culture this year. In addition, he has been editor of the magazines Vooys and Geestdrift; he skates, surfs and plays handball, has been in theater since childhood, writes poems and columns and is closely involved in WOinActie. For four years he has been able to enjoy the open and dynamic atmosphere of the UU. As a student in two small studies, he has experienced how inspiring it is when teachers are able to give personal education. When teachers and students know each other, they make the most of each other. At the same time, he has also experienced how our university education has been under pressure.

“I have seen how courses have disappeared through cuts from the curriculum, how students experience stress due to debt and the pressure to study nominally and how some of my teachers got a burn out by too high working pressure. This can be different, I know that to be true!”

Next year, Rens wants to continue his involvement at WOinActie and other student initiatives at the university. A vote for Rens is a vote for someone who fights for progressive ideals and will not surrender before he has achieved these goals.

BSc Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Medicine

6) Douglas Dorothal

DSK, U-Turn, Archeaopteryx, VetInvolved, Decartes College
Focus: inclusivity

All the way from the sunny island of Aruba, Douglas is fired up and ready to tackle on the many challenges he sees in the university. He’s currently in his third year of Veterinary Medicine and has always actively contributed to the analysis of the veterinary curriculum.

When he’s not cuddling with cows or hanging with horses he can be found working on his handstands and backflips at his gymnastics association U-Turn. He’s very passionate about representing all student’s needs in the Council, especially those whose names are not often heard. As someone who knows the certain challenges that come with being an international, he’s very much interested in making the UU a more inclusive place for all!

LLB Law
Law, Economics and Governance

7) Fedoua Ouchan

Insan, JSVU
Focus: diversity

Fedoua is 23 years old, born and raised in Nijkerk and studying Law. In addition, she is president of student association INSAN. From that capacity, she has made many external contacts for the association that can be used for the university council. In addition to the participation in the “bondgenotennetwerk” of Utrecht, Fedoua participates in a working group working on a vision for the city centre of Utrecht. She has also gained a lot of skills in the field of management and organizing events. She is also working as an employee of civil affairs at the municipality, where she can use her legal knowledge.
In her scarce free time, she likes to write short poetic stories.

Within the university, Fedoua wants to use her power for student wellbeing, diversity and inclusiveness and its practical application and a sustainable University of Utrecht!

BSc Global Sustainability Science
Geosciences

8) Tom van den Top

Storm, Descartes College
Focus: accessible participation

At the end of this academic year, Tom will complete the bachelor Global Sustainability Science. In the past three years, he has received a real passion for sustainability, mainly in rural and international policy. He has followed the Honours Program of Geosciences and the Descartes Honours Program. He also gained experience in the world of participation at the committee IMEW.

Tom finds sustainability at the university very important. This is why he advocates more use of renewable energy sources and he wants stricter rules to be applied for unnecessary and excessive energy consumption. He also believes in the added value of internationalization of the university and believes that more attention should be paid to the involvement of international students in the participation of students.

MSc Neuroscience and Cognition
Medicine

9) Tessel Wijne

Helix, Orca, Descartes College, DWARS
Focus: student wellbeing

Currently studying the Master Neuroscience & cognition, Tessel knows the wondrous world of the university. With a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences and a year at Physics & Innovation Management, Tessel is familiar with multiple faculties. In addition, she participated in the Descartes College for two years. Outside the University, tessel was involved in a political youth where she, for a year as member of the board, was committed to her left heart and green sense. This year, she is president of the committee organizing the ‘Mind the Brain’ symposium.

Tessel sees the university of Utrecht as a place where everyone should be able to develop themselves. That means that the university offers those who need support and facilitates an inclusive climate. On behalf of VUUR, Tessel will commit herself to student wellbeing and diversity. If Tessel is not working on her fiery ambitions, she can be found in the cinema or on the racing bike.

BA Liberal Arts and Sciences
University College Utrecht

10) Casper de Haes

UCSA, Descartes College
Focus: internationalisation

My name is Casper de Haes and I studt Economics and Politics at University College Utrecht. I have continued my international background from home to my studies, where I enjoy meeting new people and discovering other cultures. I really enjoy movies, running and cycling, and also listening to lectures at symposia. Add going out at night and you’ll have my perfect week. At VUUR I like to have a clear voice at Utrecht University. Besides fun, this is also really important, since the university council is the designated instrument to implement innovations to our education.

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BA Liberal Arts and Sciences
University College Roosevelt

11) Julia Dorigo

RASA
Focus: internationalisation

My name is Julia Dorigo and I’m a third year student at University College Roosevelt in Middelburg. The pas three years I’ve been able to enjoy smalls scale and international education, themes Lijst VUUR commit themself to strongly. Furthermore, I believe it’s important that the university becomes more sustainable, both in Utrecht and in Middelburg. This requires more attention and VUUR will provide this in the university council!

MSc Drug Innovation
Science

12) Casper Silvis

S.S.R.-N.U., USKO, KOSMU, Proton
Focus: student development

I am Casper Silvis and I am a Christian student with a passion for music. Student development and a sense of community are important chore values of student life and I’d like to commit myself to this. Amongst other things, I try to achieve this by doing much organisational work through committees and board tasks at my student associations. I believe it’s important that there is a place for every student to do so and that Utrecht University should be leading in accomplishing this together with student organisations. Besides all this, I like to have drinks with our without deep thoughts and speciality beers. Finally, I am a real lab geek and I enjoy solving problems, building molecules and discuss about potential researches.

BSc Medicine
Medicine

13) Martijn Cats

SAMS, Odysseus’91
Focus: accessibility

My name is Martijn and I am a third year student of Medicine at Utrecht, where I also play football at Odysseus’91. I have a passion for undertaking enterprise, which has resulted in my own company. Of Utrecht University I think it’s important that it should be diverse and accessible and possibilities to broaden you horizon. That is what Lijst VUUR represents and why I run for this party.

BA Philosophy
Humanities

14) Daan Bos

FUF, DWARS, GroenLinks
Focus: sustainability

Daan is a second year student Philosophy and commits himself to better education and sustainbility already since secondary school. He has always prioritised accessible education and good quality and he tries to accomplish this especially through politics. Besides Philosophy, Daan follows the minor Governance for Sustainable Development at the Faculty of Geosciences.

Utrecht University is getting more ahead at sustainbility, but it’s a process of change that will require sharp focus the coming years. Only more vegeterian food would be already a great step ahead. Another priority is the rising work load among teachers: “less pressure for teachers will create more focus to students and qualitative education”.

BSc Biomedical Sciences
Medicine

15) Neville Magielse

Mebiose, faculty council MED
Focus: variety of courses

I am Neville, 21 years old and a student of Biomedical Sciences. Next year I will start with the master Neuroscience and Cognition, if everything goes well. This year I have been active in student participation as vicechair of the faculty council of Medicine. My main goal in this position has been increasing the variety of courses with participation in relation to patients. This is a topic I’m really enthusiastic about and made lots of progress in!

MSc Artificial Intelligence
Science

16) Priyanka Singhvi

Incognito
Focus: internationalisation

Priyanka Singhvi is from India and the only international who runs for university council. She completed her Bachelor’s with Distinction in Computer Science and Engineering, following a stint as a Software Developer for Tesco. She then gave it all up to study again, and is currently a student at Universiteit Utrecht, pursuing her Master’s in Artificial Intelligence. Besides this, she is also a graduate honours interdisciplinary seminars student In her free time, she loves to meditate, binge on food, write, and dribble in Indian Classical Music.

BA Language and Culture Studies
Humanities

17) Bina Chirino

SSR-NU, Alias, UIT-week, Teiresias
Focus: inclusivity

Bina studies Language and Culture Studies and is currently the chair of the students in the university council. She has committed herself to ensuring the investments of the national grants of Dutch students are invested in their interest and is now working hard for a more inclusive university. She would like to have better facilities for everyone who needs it, so that anyone can feel welcome, despite nationality, gender, religion or handicap. Furthermore, she would like to commit herself next year to more sustainability in the city centre and better focus on student wellbeing.
Besides studying and working for the university council, she enjoys spending time at Alias, S.S.R.-N.U. and PerspectieF. She likes to maintain contact with student organisations and works hard for better regulations around subsidies and grants. As council member, she believes it’s important to be both accessible and critical, so that she can represent you at university policy making.

BSc Sociology
Social and Behavioural Sciences

18) Sophie Opdam

Usocia, programme committee
Focus: student wellbeing

As a third-year student in Sociology with experience as a board at study association Usocia and experience in student participation at the FSW, she is well aware of changes in the Faculty and the student’s opinion.

She has all ear for what students would like to see at the Faculty and is willing to fully commit to that! She used to debate and plans to use these skills in the Faculty Council! Student wellbeing is a topic that is very dear to her. She wants stress among  to be recognized in society. In addition, she believes it is important that students recognize symptoms of stress and prevent burnouts by intervening on time.

MSc Governing and Policy Making
Law, Economics and Governance

19) Carlijn van Schijndel

Veritas, JSVU, VIDIUS, Student & Starter
Focus: study facilities

I am Carlijn van Schijndel, master student Governing and Policy Making and active member of Veritas. I think it’s important that studying is made as easy as possible for students, to decrease the study pressure and improve the quality of education. My goals to improve this are more study spots at the library and recording lectures, so that students can time manage better.

Furthermore, it’s important that students are not confronted with any surprises. Tuition fees should therefore be paid in equal terms. Students who intend to live abroad should also be better informed about the value of their future grades from abroad in respect to the Dutch grades. Finally, I represent more and better sport facilities at Olympos to make sure that any student can sport unconcerned and the wellbeing of students improves!

BA History
Humanities

20) Julian Dubbeld

UHSK, faculty council HUM
Focus: student communication

I am Julian Dubbeld and a student of History. You can vote for me during the upcoming elections, which will take place from 20 to 22 May. Would you like to be kept informed about the latest university developments and what progress students make around communication from teachers, degrees and faculties? And do you also want to be kept updated about sustainability and bringing the college pass back? Then vote number 20 of Lijst VUUR: Julian Dubbeld. As a third year student I have learned to ask critical questions: a skill that will be of good use in the university council. Please do also not hesitate to reach out to me if you see me around at the Drift!

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MSc Medicine
Medicine

21) Richard Horenberg

SAMS, Platform Onbeperkt Studeren, Descartes College
Focus: accessibility

Besides my study Medicine, I participated in the Descartes College honours programme during the second and third year of my bachelor. Here I encountered many other academic disciplines and this programme led to broaden my interests.

After a study I conducted with a fellow student, I committed myself to improve the accessibility of Utrecht University for students with a disability. In december 2017 I founded “Platform Unrestricted Studying” with other students: a student platform for and by students with a disability. At the moment I am in the second year of my three year master Medicine. Besides my studies in becoming a doctor, I maintain the daily affairs of the platform and commit myself to a more accessible university for current and prospective students.

As extra curriculair activity I am also a member of the committee “unwanted behaviour”.

BSc Molecular Life Sciences
Science

22) Demian van Gurp

UBV, Proton, Amino 
Focus: sustainability

My name is Demian and I’m a third-year student of Molecular Life Sciences, via Chemistry. I’m currently in the University Council on behalf of Lijst VUUR, and I would like to represent the Science Faculty also on behalf of Lijst VUUR upcoming year! I would like to be commit myself to sustainability, return of the Vagant, improvement of lecture halls, work rooms, and study areas and much more. I would like to get in touch with the students in such way that I can take care of everything that is going on at our Faculty! I hope you would like to vote for me or for one of the other candidates from Lijst VUUR!

BSc Biomedical Sciences
Medicine

23) Daphne Aarts

Mebiose, Buddy Go Dutch
Focus: internationalisation

Daphne Aarts is the current Treasurer of BuddyGoDutch. She was born in Enschede 21 years ago. She studied Biomedical sciences at Utrecht University, but she will start with a bachelor in physiotherapy this semester. Last year, she studied in Australia for a semester. She learned a lot about being an international student from that experience. Mainly that the people you meet can make your time studying abroad even more amazing. She wants all international students in Utrecht to have that same amazing experience, and therefore she became a board member of BuddyGoDutch.

BSc Artificial Intelligence
Humanities

24) Ingrid Weerts

Incognito, Jonge Democraten, Student & Starter
Focus: empowerment of participation

This is Ingrid Weerts, 21, 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: i.j.m.weerts@students.uu.nl – that doesn’t only go during election times, but also afterwards.

BSc Sociology
Social and Behavioural Sciences

25) Anneloes Krul

Usocia
Focus: student engagement

This second-year sociology student is a member of the education committee and has a lot of experience with student participation at the Faculty of Social sciences. She has also been involved in the Erasmus + program, which organizes exchanges to involve young people in social topics such as democracy, climate change, citizenship and social inequality. Quality of education, student (and teacher) welfare are of great importance to her in the upcoming year!

BA Liberal Arts and Sciences
University College Roosevelt

26) Levi Nordemann

RASA
Focus: student engagement

I am Levi Nordemann, 20 years old, and I study Politics and Sociology in Middelbrug. University College Roosevelt is only a very small part of Utrecht University, but yet it is also important that students give imput about university affairs from the tine and far away Zeeland.  Because of my background at this college, I think there should be more small scale education. At your service!

BSc Global Sustainability Sciences
Geosciences

27) Simon Remijn

Storm, CDJA, Ergo
Focus: studenten wellbeing

My name is Simon Remijn and I study Global Sustainability Science. As candidate for Lijst VUUR at position 27 it is of course crazy to try to get elected, since the university council only contains 12 seats. Nevertheless I feel called to commit myself to student participation at our university. These are strange times for students. For the first time ever the focus is not on studying longer, but quicker. Whereas our predecessors at university received big financial supports, this is no longer the case. A student must now lend money from DUO. Although this institute is often indicated as friendly “uncle”, most university students end their student life with big depts of over 20.000 euro. I understand very well that this financial pressure brings much stress to students. However, the cause of stress is not only financial of nature. Students are expected to graduate with good grades in order to be considered for a master or internship, or to even keep following their bachelor. Studying remains a serious occupation of course, but I wish every student the time for rest and broadening their horizons. That means more attention to student wellbeing, but also more personal contact, possibilities to fast forward and to slow down. At VUUR I would like to commit myself to preventing burn-outs.

BSc General Social Sciences
Social and Behavioural Sciences

28) Amy Bredewout

Versatile, SSR-NU
Focus: student engagement

I am Amy. Eightteen years old a first year student of the bachelor general social sciences. Besides my studies, I am a member of student association SSR-NU. I enjoy reading, being with friends, and discovering the world around me. I hope to be more engaged with politics and philosophy during my studies.

LLB LAW
Law, Economics and Governance

29) Marline Kraaijkamp

JSVU, Utrecht Law College
Focus: studentenleven

I am Marline Kraaijkamp: a very enthusiastic second year student at Utrecht Law College, the honours degree of Law. I am an active participant of student life, which ensures me of a good understanding of what’s going on and who to contact.

BA History & BSc General Social Sciences
Humanities & Social and Behavioural Sciences

30) Floris Boudens

WOinActie, UHSK, Eureka, Foundation OER
Focus: student wellbeing

Floris (22) 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. The University Council is a representative body whose concern lies with both substantial and smaller issues that nevertheless need to be streamlined. An important issue he would like to defend is a fairer distribution of board grants. The University should (also) reward associations that value the pursuit of knowledge. Floris also stands for improved education and honours programmes. Furthermore, we need to be more attentive, and find solutions in regard to the psychological ailments of our students. We could work to make the student psychologist more accessible to those who could benefit from this guidance.

Vote for your favourite candidate!