UUinActie is the local movement of WOinActie, recognisable by its red square symbol, a national movement that fights for better (funded) education. Not only should education be improved at the national level, the university itself should also spend its money more wisely. UUinAction wants to lower the current exorbitant workload by investing in (support) personnel. Furthermore, the quality of education has to be guaranteed by e.g. smaller classes.
Monetary problems aside, our institution is plagued by a truly toxic corporate culture: the board earns and spends a huge amount of money, while teachers are structurally burdened by working overtime. Students and teachers are mistrusted, to the detriment of the quality of education and work performance.
UUinActie believes that the university council should draw attention to these fundamental problems. Students and teachers need a visible and critical party to alert the university about how unsustainable the current culture has become. Most issues students and teachers are facing share a common root-cause, so we believe these problems should be dealt with together. That is why our party is for both students and teachers.
The structure of student and staff participation may seem confusing at times, especially if you are an international student. Let us therefore explain briefly the basic idea of its organisation before you read on.
The participatory structure is split on three levels: studies, faculties and an overarching council for the entire university. The council consists of the three headed ‘College van Bestuur’ [Executive Board], which is indirectly appointed by the Ministry of Education and twenty four representatives from the university. Students and staff each elect twelve of those representatives at regular intervals. Together they are tasked with checking the university policy of the executive board of the university, for example by asking critical questions and making proposals to them for improving life at the university. In the end, however, power resides mostly with the executive board.