Achieved in 2018-2019

Every year asap presents its Ten Bullet Points. These Ten Points are promises to the students in Nijmegen: asap will commit to these points. Down below you can find what asap has achieved in the year 2018-2019. Are you curious for our Bullet Points of 2018? Click here!

#1 Prioritise personal development

asap has focused on personal development in the past year, by giving it intention in as much initiatives as possible. Furthermore, some initiatives were set up specifically to stimulate personal development.

Honourslab for student boardmembers
On the initiative of asap, in cooperation with the political chairs in the council, a for step was made for a proposal of minor for student board members. This would be a minor specifically for student board members. Because of this, it wouldn’t only be possible to aquire more knowledge to use during the board year, but also a possibility to get credits despite the board year. In the end, we choose to develop an Honours Lab. This Honours Lab will start in the Academic Year of 2019-2020. 

Qualification for education for students
asap has started a trajectory for student assistants to allow them to get a qualification for education. This means that students can get a certificate which shows that you are allowed teach on an academic level. This education qualification is linked to the basic qualification of teachers (a formal qualification, BKO in Dutch) that university teachers have to get. As a student you can already obtain part of this BKO, wich means that you can specialize yourself during you studies. This will be possible starting next academic year. 

Room for personal development within the BSA
In cooperation with the student council, asap has worked on a memo concerning the BSA (binding study advise). asap has focused during writing this memo on strengthening personal development within the BSA-trajectory. This has been taking into account during the descision proces surrounding the BSA. 

Evaluation and extension of the pilot Flexible Studying
In the past asap has worked on making Flexible Studying possible and in the beginning of this year the pilot has started. Halfway through the year the pilot was evaluated. The best practices of different faculties will be introduced within other faculties and asap has advocated to broaden the target group of the pilot to make sure more students that want to develop themselves can get a chance to do so. After the pilot is evaluated, they will consider this. Furthermore, the pilot will be evaluated again next year, and based on this it will be decided if the pilot will be continued and in what form the pilot will be implemented within our university. 

More attention for career orientation inside ánd outside the curriculum
In cooperation with the Student council, asap has worked this year on putting career orientation on the map at the Radboud University. We have taken the first steps and the recommendations will be followed. For example, an research will be started on integrating career orientation in the curriculum and on making a central, online platform for internships. Furthermore, asap is speaking to the career officers about formulating a vision together on career orientation. This will make sure that the Radboud University will also pay more attention to career orientation in the future. 

Attention for incidental grants for board members
SOFv, BOS and asap have asked attention for the incidental grants for board members that wouldn’t be available before. Furthermore, we wrote a letter of recommendation within which we argumented that we will need a structural and dynamic arrangement in the Regulation of Funds, concerning the number of available grants. 

#2 Weblectures: part of good education

Weblectures are an increasingly important part of our education. At some faculties they are already used a lot, but at other there is still a lot of resistance against the use of weblectures asap has worked on increasing and promoting weblectures this year. By including something about weblectures within different policy documents, agreements were made on the (mandatory) use of weblectures.

Weblectures in the quality agreements
Investments in weblectures as part of the quality of education is now written down in the quality agreements. These are agreements on how to spend the money that is freed up because of the termination of the basic student funding. This means that our university has promised to invest more in weblectures. 

Weblectures as prerequisite for flexible studying
asap has asked questions about weblectures based on the evaluation of the pilot on flexible studying. This showed that weblectures are essentional to make this pilot succeede. Therefore, pressure will be applied to spread best practices on weblectures across campus. This will be evaluated again during the next academic year. The council members will make sure the next council members will keep working on this. 

More enthousiasm about weblectures amongst teachers
On the initiative of asap a discussion was started to think about how teachers can be more enthusiastic about the use of weblecture. Partly because of this the increasing of the encouraging of the use of weblectures will be a topic within the centre of Radboud Teaching and Learning Centre. 

#3 Make sustainable options more accessible

At our university a lot of sustainable initiatives have started the past few years. For students (and employees) these options aren’t always very attractive. The council members of asap have worked on make at least some of those initiatives more accessible.

Cheaper sustainable vegetarian options at the Refter
Partly on the initiative of asap, in collaboration with Facilities and Services, sustainable, vegetarian options at the Refter were offered cheaper since the opening of the Refter. This will make sure, by quitting Meat Free Monday, that sustainable, vegetarian options aren’t mandartory (which created a negative image), but are accessible and attractive. There now is a wide range of vegetarian and vegan options and allergy information is also presented. When possible, the sustainable option is cheaper than the ‘regular’ option  

Reduce the use of plastic bottles
A question was asked about reducing the use of plastic bottkes on campus, which stimulates sustainable behaviour. Furthermore, asap is working on other alternatives, such as water taps, to make sustainability as easy as possible.

Easier separation of coffee cups
Partly on the initiative of asap a question was asked about separating coffee cups at our university: the coffee cups turn out to contain different materials and therefore they can’t al be recycled and processed in the same way. asap is advocating one kind of coffee cups, which make recycling easier.

Funding for sustainable travelling
A research in conducted on flying behaviour of employees and students at Radboud University. asap is advocating less use of plains and more conscious use of sustainable means of transportation. This will be pursued further during this and the next academic year. Furthermore, asap is discussing the option of making sustainable options also more accessible for student organisations by offering (extra) funding to associations when they travel by bus or train instead of by airplane.

More waste separation and paper containers
The council member fo asap have worked on looking at the possibilities to get more waste separation bins. A few new ones have already been placed and we are constantly talking about where new bins are still needed. Furthermore, asap and SOFv habe made it possible to separate waste better by getting paper containers (e.g. in the university library).

More support for student associations in sustainability
In collaboration with SOFv asap is working hard on extending the Sustainability Agreement and provide tools on how to become more sustainable. For example, a quick scan and a fact sheet were made available for associations. We will actively keep discussing this with Student Life and the Green Office to see how the university can support associations best.

Sustainability certificate for students
In the workgroup on sustainability asap has worked on a certificate for students to reward and stimulate following ‘sustainable’ courses. asap is working hard on starting the piloit next year at the faculty of management and the faculty of physics, math and information sciences. After next year when the pilot is succesful it wil be implemented at other faculties.

#4 Integrate international students

Still too many international students feel lonely at our campus. asap, in collaboration with its international members, has worked hard on better integration of international students. Even though it is really hard to measure succes, we are still convinced we have achieved some good things.

Meetings with the coordinator of internationalisation
During this year, on the initiave of asap, a montly meeting was established between the coordinator of internationalisation, the International Student Network and a council member from asap. During this meeting a lot of things were adjusted to take the international students into account. For example, the initiatieve was put forward to develop a ‘wiki’ for international student to make sure it is easy for them to find the information they need as an international student at the right moment. Furthermore, the considerations of this meeting were used in the developping the policies and in management descisions concering internationalisation.

Attention for the position of the international students in language policy
In the discussion surrouding the language policy at the university and in student participation the council members of asap have contantly asked for attention for the position of the international student.

Housing for international students
Partly on the initiative of asap there has been a lot of attention for housing of international student on campus and outside of campus.

A symposium on internationalisation
A lot of association are struggeling with internationalisation. How do you manage this? In collaboration with the International Offiice and Student Life the initiative is being developed to organise a symposium for associations on how they can deal with internationalisatin. From the Student Council in cooperation with the appointed members, asap is leading the organisation of the symposium. Student Life and the International Office will facilitate and support us. The goal is to make sure international students will be integrated better withing the student culture in Nijmegen.

Theme nights for international students
On the initiative of asap the possibilities will be examined to organise a theme night every once in a while with one county as its theme. On these night it will be possible to introduce students to the culture (and of course the food) of the country in question, so its not just international student getting to know our culture, but also us getting to know their culture.

Radboud by Night
The council members of asap have helped in the organisation of Radboud by Night, which was visited by a lot of international students. The every was free for all the visitors. The international student really enjoyed this event!

#5 Protect the free-choice electives

The room for free-choice electives in the curriculum at our university is really important to be able to develop in the field that you are interested in as a student. At our university it is often already possible to take an elective within your own faculty, but it is often harder to go to other faculties. asap has worked hard on making this possible too. Furthermore asap has worked on protecting the free-choice elective that already exists, even though it was threathened at soe faculties.

Harmonisation of the year schedule: first prepare, then implement.
The harmonisation of the year schedule caused a lot of discussion during this year. asap still stands behind the idea of harmonisation in the future, but first solutions need to be found for the current problems that harmonisation would cause. We wrote an elaborate article on this that you can find here.

Improvements of the syllabus
A beginning was made to improve the syllabus so that it gets easier to get an overview of electives and minors per faculty and in the entire university.

#6 Student counselling: not from pillar to post

Insight in student counselling
 A vision has been written on student counselling at Radboud University, for which asap has provided critical input multiple times. Partly on the initiative of asap, there will be an organogram of student counselling at the Radboud University, which will give students insight into which possibilities of counselling are available at our university and where they have to go with what problem. Furthermore, the role of every counselor will be described more clearly.

Mentorship programs
asap is writing a memo and an article on student counselling withing the program itself, in the shape of mentorship/ coaching. The main point is tht every student should get a good mentorship program, as opposed to the current mentorship program that student do not see as having any added value.

Online questionnaire for studiebegeleiding
Multple questions were asked during the Joint Assemblies about the increasing the policy surrounding student wellbeing and student counselling. Because of this the board of directors is looking at the possbility of online questionnaires that can help students to make a choice on the student counselking that want to get.

Waiting time for student deans
The council members from asap have asked questions about the long waiting times for student deans at the moment and this will be looked at. .

#7 More proper study workspaces

This year asap has paid a lot of attention the study workspaces, because the ask for good study workspaces from students is increasing and students experience a shortage of workspaces. Earlier the idea of installing gates at the University library was declined by the Executive Board, but this has lead the council members of asap to achieve some other things:

More accessible study workspaces
On the weekends more study workspaces will be available because in addition to the University Library, the Grotius building and the Elinor Ostrom building will be opened in the weekend during exam periods.

Insight into the study workspaces
From now on prior to the exam period an overview will be published of the available study workspaces, including: the opening hours, the open eating facilities and the other faculties. Because of this a better distribution of the students over campus will be established during the exam period.

Memo on ergonomics and study workspaces
On the initiative of asap the board of directors has instructed to write a memo on the ergonomics of study workspaces at our university. Most of the workspaces are not meeting the requirements. asap has helped to write this memo and next year the board of directors will pick up these the advised measures.

Because of the many questions asap asked and the conversations we had the above memo has been expanded with current numbers of study workspaces at our university. This has led to the following (future) improvements of at our university:

      An investigation into: making the available study workspaces available in real time for students. Starting September 2020, it will be possible to give all students insight into the available workspaces real time.

      On the initiave of asap an ‘Ergonomics week’ will be organized.

30 minutes to take a break!
Last academic year the board of directors had decided to get all the computer screens to go on locked mode after 15 minutes. This was changed back to 30 minutes, partly on the initiative of asap, to make sure everyone has enough time to get some coffee and food in their well-deserved break.

More workspaces outside
In cooperation with the Green Office, Facilities and Services and the Department of Property Management a memo will be written by the University Student Council to make sure more workspaces in the open air will be realized. These spaces aren’t just a spot to relax but can also be a place to study. This way students and employees will be stimulated to work outside.

#8 Good English, but not at the expense of Dutch

asap has given a lot of attention on language policy. The level of English of teachers and students, but also the level of dutch of (international) students.

New language policy
In the joint assembly, a memo was discussed about language policy at the university. In this memo the university’s policy on the use of English and Dutch is described for the next few years. In the memo it is established that every student will do a diagnostic language test in the official language of the program. A member of the council from asap is taking place in the steering committee for language policy. In the committee it is discussed to have more training linked to the language requirements. Furthermore, asap has asked to make language courses more accessible to students, especially international student, and to make sure they’ll be less expensive.

More attention for the accent of the teacher
A good command of the English language has become a requirement for teachers. However, research shows that Dutch student are mainly bothered by the Dutch accent that a lot of teachers have when speaking English. Therefore, there are now specific training programs for teachers to learn how tos peak English without an accent.

Co-determination concerning language policy of the program
On the intiative of asap, it has been made sure that Program Committees will be actively involved in reevaluating the official language of the program.The reevaluation of the language per program was already a measurement in the memo, but the students of the program committee had no role in this evaluation. Now the co-determination will think about the official language of the program. An important aspect for asap is that the language choice needs to be sufficiently supported based on the content of the program, and shouldn’t just be a simple choice between two options.

#9 Create order in funding possibilities

In cooperation with SOFv, asap made an overview of the funds accessible to student at the Radboud University and we researched whether these funds were actually used by students. This overview will probably be published this year on the website of asap. In addition, small changes were made on the current university website, so that it’s easier to find the right funds. asap will remain in contact with Student Life and Marketing and Communication to make sure the new website will be designed in the best possible way.

#10 Excellence is not the standard

Focus groups on performance pressure
On the initiative of asap focus groups were organized among students of all different faculties about performance pressure. Within the focus groups the factors that cause this performance pressure were researched and which factors can be influenced. The results will be presented to the board of directors, in the form of a memo with the results.

Time out! performance
Partly on the initiative of asap, the performance ‘time out!’ will be played at the university again. The show is about performance pressure and excellence, and was also played during the well-being week last year.

College tour about the ‘active student’
asap has organized a college tour with rector magnificus Han van Krieken. The college tour was a conversation about ‘the active student’ and how this relates to the university, as well as to excellence and performance pressure.

Accessible Radboud Honours Academy
In the discussion about the shape of the Radboud Honour Academy its been made sure, partly on the initiative of asap, that not only excellent students have access to the honours educations, but all student that have sufficient time and motivation. Study results are no longer the leading requirement. This make the Honours Academy more accessible, and also makes sure that the focus on excellence is less present at our university.