Active TSHD: new party joins elections for Faculty Council
We started a second student party because we believe that two parties can achieve more than one', says Wander Waals (20) of student group Active TSHD. List leader Willemijn Weterings (20) says: 'There is now competition during the elections. This ensures that both groups will get the best out of themselves and want to reach as many voters as possible. This results in more awareness of the council among students and we applaud that'.
Being active in addition to study-positive for student development
Wander continues: 'We have an electoral list with three students. There are five student seats on the board.' Therefore, the new group does not intend to fully take over student participation. In the council, the Faculty Board presents its plans for education and research. Students and staff each have five seats. They have the right to agree, make adjustments to plans and make their own proposals.
A tricky combination
Wander is a third-year Liberal Arts and Sciences student. Both are active in addition to their studies and that is where the focus of Active TSHD lies. Wander: 'I want to get the most out of my study time so as a freshman I became active at student association Plato and the study association of my study programme, among others. At debate association Cicero I organized the NK Debating. These kind of activities take a lot of time. Combining study and being active is sometimes very difficult, for example when you have to be physically present at a lecture and have a meeting at the same time. Your studies and an active student life should complement each other, instead of working against each other. Third-year student Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence, Willemijn fully agrees. I also do a lot, for example I was a top athlete for two years at student rowing club Vidar. I trained eight times a week. In addition, I have sat on various committees. It often feels very annoying when you have to explain to your fellow students why you can't be part of a workgroup. It would be good if more students would understand how good being active is for your development."
Relax the mandatory attendance rules
They are critical of mandatory attendance rules and want to plead in the Faculty Council for more video lectures. Wander: 'I am now studying for my minor in Leiden. Sometimes I have a subject in Tilburg and Leiden at the same time and both have mandatory attendance. As an individual student, I can't change that. Through the Council I may be able to do something about it and thus also mean something for other students'. He believes that relaxing the obligation to be present also contributes to a higher quality of education for motivated students. This may make education smaller in scale and reduce the noise of students who are doing something else. Moreover, we believe that students should be judged on their knowledge and skills and not on how many lectures they have attended'. Willemijn adds that greater harmonisation within TSHD can be very profitable. If every study has the same regulations and deals with digitization in the same way, then we as a School can create more clarity for the students of TSHD. In this way we show that together we really are one School. In addition, issues such as minors and the lack of a uniform deadline for the submission of examination marks also have their attention.
Ludo van der GunCandidate