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2021 Elections on the Participation

Every year elections will take place for the the participatory councils at Tilburg University. The elections for students took place on 28, 29 and 30 April 2021. Students could vote for the University Council (SAM and Front). In addition, they could vote for the Faculty Councils. For employees, elections are held every two years. In 2022, there will be elections for both students and employees.

Election's Blog 

The most current status of the election is published in the election blog. 

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University Council

The University Council consists of nine employees and nine students from the university. They are elected through annual (students) or biennial (employees) elections among all students and staff. The council is a serious interlocutor of the board and formally influences the policy and the state of affairs within the university.

The council reviews proposed decisions of the Executive Board and brings issues from within the organization to the Board’s attention. Where necessary, the Council will use its rights to correct the Board’s proposals or issue proposals of its own.  In this way, the University Council contributes to a healthy and balanced distribution of interests and influence within the university. 

School (Faculty) Councils

The Faculty Council consists of employees and students from a School. The council represents the interests of students and employees in the field of education, research, policy and decision-making. To this end, it advises the Management Team, on request or otherwise, on matters and developments within the School. In addition, the council has the right of consent for matters such as the School’s regulations, part of the teaching and examination regulations and the Strategic Plan. Each School at Tilburg University has its own Faculty Council. Check the parties below for additional information:

Catholic Theology: who can you vote for?

No elections are necessary for this school since there are fewer candidates than seats. The candidates are automatically elected. The students of Catholic Theology will be represented by the Old Catholic party (Oud-Katholiken), which consists of Samuel M. Krepel and Francijna M. Groenweg.

2022 Elections

In 2022, both staff and students can vote. Below is a list of parties and divisional committees that can be voted on.

University Council
Economics and Management
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Humanities and Digital Sciences
Catholic Theology

The university has Divisional Committees for the divisions of University Services. These Councils promote employees’ views in the area of policy and decision-making. A Divisional Council has the right to endorse decisions and the right to be consulted. The Councils speak directly with the division director. Amongst other things, the Council ensures openness and anti-discrimination. It also discusses labor conditions and work load. A Division Committee has the right of consent and advice.

Electoral Committee's Office

In accordance with article 3.1 of the Election regulations the Electoral committee consists of three to five members. The members and, if necessary, no more than three deputy members are appointed by the Executive Board of Tilburg University for a period of two years.