Studying and Student life


What to vote for?

  • University Council (students)
  • Faculty Councils (students)

More information will be published online as soon as possible. All students receive an e-mail with a link to the voting application.

Are you entitled to vote?

An electoral roll is determined for every election. Everyone who is entitled to vote is listed on the Electoral roll. The Electoral roll is set to a specific date. For the upcoming elections (April 2017) the electoral roll is set to February 2, 2017. You may inspect the roll to see if your name is featured. If you are entitled to vote, you may also put your name forward as a candidate for the participatory councils for which you have a right to vote. In these elections, the student and staff sections will be elected for the University Council and the Faculty Councils and (staff only) the Service Councils.

AS OF MARCH 2017: The Electoral roll is available for inspection at the electoral office (C 163). As of February 20, 2017 up to and including February 24, 2017, you can propose changes to the electoral roll. If you find that the roll contains an error you may ask the Electoral Office to correct it. You can do so on the spot and in writing.

Am I entitled to vote as a student?

Every student that was registered as a student on February 2, 2017 is entitled to vote or to run as a candidate.

Please note:

A student with a part-time job at Tilburg University (who is not a student-assistant) is regarded as a staff member and therefore is not automatically entitled to vote as a student. The circumstances are considered separately for each council. Students with part-time jobs should therefore check to see how they are listed on the electoral roll and have a correction made to their voting rights if necessary. This is particularly important if you wish to put forward your name as a candidate for a student party.

You can check and, if necessary correct, your registration in room C 163, until February 24, 2017 4.30pm. If you are a student in Utrecht, please go to Nieuwegracht 65, room 103 (NG 61-106 balie). Of course Students in Utrecht may also go to C 163 in Tilburg.

What is the voting procedure?

The elections are held electronically. When the elections actually start, everyone who is entitled to vote will receive an e-mail at his or her Tilburg University e-mail address. You can read this message outside Tilburg University via Webmail.

The e-mail will contain a link to the voting application. You log in with your user name and password; then you can cast your vote. Every student who is entitled can vote for the University Council and if applicable, for their Faculty Council. You may only cast 1 vote per Council. Once you have cast your vote, you cannot change it in any way.

As you are able to vote from any computer or device (if it runs the necessary software) with an internet connection there is no need to vote at one of the booths that student parties will set up during the elections. Although you can vote there, these booths should be considered an extra service. If you feel intimidated in any way by the candidates asking you to vote, please inform the Electoral Office’s coordinator directly: e-mail:

Who can run in the elections?

If your name appears on the electoral role, you can also register as a candidate for the representation of the board for which you are eligible to vote. You can access the electoral role by contacting the Electoral Office.

Register individually or as part of a party

You can be an individual candidate, or form a party (fractie) (of maximum 30 candidates per party). The disadvantage of forming a one-member party is that you have no spare candidates. This means you cannot appoint a successor, if you were to leave the Council before completing your term. The higher your position on the list, the more likely you are to be elected. Please ask the Electoral Office for more information.

How do I register as a candidate?

To register you have to fill in a candidacy form. These forms will be available as of February 17, 2017. You can obtain a form on the website, in room C 163, or by e-mail.

The form has to be co-signed by supporters. This is the last page on the form. Anyone who is allowed to vote for the Council you are running for, can sign this paper. Remember that includes you! So you can ‘co-sign’ your own candidacy.

Every candidate can only be on one list per election (council). Voters may co-sign more than one list. The only condition is that they must be entitled to vote for the councils they are co-signing candidacy forms for. For more information, please contact the Electoral Office.

Completed forms have to be handed in on March 20th, March 21th and March 22nd, before 04.30 p.m. in Room C 163 (the Electoral office). THE FORM CAN ONLY BE HANDED IN PERSON.

If you are a candidate in Utrecht you may also send in an e-mail containing a scan of the form. THIS IS ONLY POSSIBLE FOR TST STUDENTS AND STAFF BASED IN UTRECHT. The e-mail address is: Emails containing registration forms may only be handed in electronically on March 20th and March 22nd between 09.00 a.m. and 04.30 p.m.. The electoral office will confirm the receipt of the registration form within the hour. Only this confirmation can count as evidence for handing in the form. If you do not receive confirmation of the Electoral Office within the hour, it will be necessary to send the email again.

After sending the e-mail, the original form should be sent through the post. Address:

Tilburg University

Stembureau Room C 163

P.O. box 90153

5000 LE Tilburg.

Don’t forget to print your e-mail as a receipt of handing in the form.

If you have any questions please, contact the Electoral office:

Candidate presentation

Of course you want to get elected. This means you’ve got some campaigning to do. One contribution towards your campaign is presenting yourself on the elections website.

You can also make your own material, for which the university has a limited budget available.