Participative decision-making at Tilburg University

Students and employees contribute to thinking, discussing, and deciding on Tilburg University’s policies.

At a central level, this happens in the University Council and, at a decentralized level, in School Councils and Divisional commissions. The members of the councils and commissions are elected.

In addition, the Executive Board consults with the University Labor Representation Board on all legal status issues. Representatives of the trade unions are members of the University Labor Representation Board.

University Council

The University Council consists of nine employees and nine students of the university. They are chosen in annual (students) or biennial (employees) elections among all students and employees, respectively. The Council is a significant discussion partner of the Board and has formal influence on the university’s policies and procedures. The Council reviews decisions proposed by the Board, identifies issues that play an important role at the university and, wherever necessary, addresses matters that come to its attention. In this way, the University Council contributes to a healthy and balanced division of interests and influence within the university.

The Council and the Executive Board meet approximately six to seven times a year. These meetings are open to the public. You can find the agenda and documents that are being discussed on the SharePoint site of the University Council. 

University Council members


Fractie Onafhankelijken

Fractie TiU-International


Student Party Front

  • Mrs. Marinka Hack
  • Mrs. Malon Drissen
  • Mrs. Joëlle Verboom 
  • Mrs. Meike Verwijmeren
  • Mrs. Suuz van Bommel 
  • Mr. Melvin Fenijn

Visit the Front webpage for more information on the board members.

Student Party SAM

  • Mrs. Mechteld Castel
  • Mrs. Marlijn Weren 
  • Mr. Joost Lamers 

Visit the SAM webpage for more information on the board members.


If you want to know more about the work of the University Council or if you want to raise an issue, please contact one of the members, or the University Council’s secretary’s office.

School Councils

The School Council consists of employees and students working for or studying at that School. They are chosen in annual (students) or biennial (employees) elections among the School’s students and employees. The Council represents the interests of students and personnel in the field of education, research, policy, and decision-making. To this end, it advises the Management Team, both upon request and at its own initiative, on matters and developments within the School. In addition, the Council has the right to endorse decisions on matters like the School Regulations, part of the School’s Education and Examination Regulations, and its Strategic Plan. Every Tilburg University School has its own School Council.


Every year there are elections for the participation at our university. In the April 2022 the elections for the student and employee sections of the University Council and the Faculty Councils were organised. 

More info on the 2022 elections