Vacancy Member University Council

Vacancy Member University Council

The vacancy is closed. You can still apply for a spot on the list, but this will be judged differently than the candidates who applied before the deadline.
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Do you want to represent the interests of more than 30,000 students at the university board? Do you want to learn to debate, lobby and network and at the same time make real differences? Do you have a passion for education, student wellbeing, sustainability or another important theme? Then apply for the university council faction of Lijst VUUR! Beware: the deadline is february 7th 2021 at 23:59!


What is VUUR?

VUUR (United Councils of Utrecht University) is active at all levels of student participation. Thanks to our network, student representatives from university council to faculty council to program committee know with whom they can tackle problems. In this way no manager can ignore us, and that makes us an important player in university policy. That is the power of VUUR. Important documents, such as the budget, strategic plan and committee grants, are submitted to the University Council (UR or U-raad) for approval. In this way, you as a student representative can supervise the management and policy and make improvements where possible. We also come up with our own initiatives, which we submit to the university’s Executive Board.


Who are we looking for?

We would like to see students with strong content on our list for the 2021 elections. Of course, we would like to see students who (want to) be involved in the organization of Utrecht University. In addition, the ideal candidate has the following qualities: (a plus, not a requirement)

  • Critical thinking skills;
  • Result-oriented with realistic goals;
  • An eye for strategy
  • Good communication skills;
  • Assertive and proactive;
  • Team player;
  • Perseverance
  • Inquisitiveness;
  • Any previous experience with student participation;
  • Organizational strong.


What are you going to do?

As a council member for VUUR, your activities include:

  • Proposing own initiatives and defending them;
  • Analyzing documents and formulating policy advice;
  • Assessing the state of affairs within the university as a whole;
  • Maintain strategic contacts, for example with directors and fellow councilors.
  • Maintaining contact with many interested discussion partners and the rank and file (fellow students and VUUR-members);
  • Participating in the activities and training of the University Council and VUUR.


  • The time investment is 0.8 FTE (32 hours);
  • The formal start date is September 1, 2021;
  • The fee for council work is approximately €8,400 per year;
  • Possibility to flex-study;
  • Possible additional provisions possible in special circumstances;
  • Presence during the campaign period and the elections (April 6-8) is mandatory;
  • The training period starts from March and can be combined with additional activities.


What do we offer?

We will do everything we can to optimally prepare the selected candidates for the elections and the following council year. We and the University Council also offer training and workshops, as well as fun! After a year at fraction VUUR, you are a seasoned debater, lobbyist and all-round leader. You know all the ins and outs of Utrecht University and know how to make political differences there. Former councilors of VUUR from many different sectors indicate that they still use knowledge from the fraction very often in their work. VUUR also provided them with a large network. (Former) VUUR council members work or have worked for student organizations such as the ISO, the LSVb and the LOF, in local or national politics, at ministries or political parties.

Due to COVID-19, VUUR can unfortunately offer little certainty about the circumstances of the campaign period. We try to involve the electoral list in the development of this process as much as possible.

How can I apply?

Do you recognize yourself in the above profile and have you become enthusiastic about student participation? Then respond quickly! You can apply until February 7 23:59 by sending your CV and a motivation letter (1 to 2 A4) to Include at least one point of interest in your application letter that you would like to discuss in the university council. That may be very concrete, but may also be a more general idea. We will send you a confirmation email as soon as possible upon receipt.
After that, the first interviews will take place to get acquainted. Applicants will then work one morning or afternoon together on a case, because VUUR attaches great importance to good mutual cooperation. These dates will be announced as soon as possible. All VUUR candidates will be presented at the end of February.


If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, please do not hesitate to contact us! You can reach us via Then we will see who can best answer your question!