The University Council of Maastricht University is a representational body in the sense of the Higher Education and Scientific Research Act.
The University Council’s aim is to promote best practices within the university. It can discuss all university-related matters and seeks, to the best of its ability, to promote openness, public awareness and reciprocal consultation within the university. One of the council’s tasks is to consider the views and interests of staff and students in the context of formulating the university’s mission. In addition, it also has the general task of guarding against and preventing discrimination on any grounds and, in particular, of promoting the equal treatment of men and women and the involvement of disabled people and ethnic minorities.
The council has ratification authority with regard to, among other things, the institutional plan, the students’ charter, administrative and management regulations, the maintenance of student facilities, the establishment and discontinuation of degree programmes, and regulations relating to health, safety and wellbeing. The council also has advisory functions, for example with regard to the budget, the establishment of legal entities, financial participation in UM Holding BV, and restricting first enrolments according to available teaching capacity.
The University Council consists of 18 members who are elected from among the academic staff (6), administrative and support staff (3) and students (9). While the elections for academic, administrative and support staff are held every two years, the council’s student contingent is elected on an annual basis.
The University Council usually meets once a month a Wednesday afternoon. These meetings are open to the public, as are the meetings of all council committees. At these council meetings the ‘speakers’ quarter’ provides an opportunity to members of the university community to share their thoughts with the University Council on university-related matters.