Every month we will share an update from the group on the website. In this update, the group explains what projects and conversations we are working on within the USC.
On Monday the 29th of November we had our second Joint Assembly (GV) meeting. This meeting was held with both the Works Council (OR) and the Executive Board (CvB). A lot of interesting topics were covered during this cycle; the group will update you on a few highlighted subjects below. Besides, the group is pleased to give you an update on a few other general affairs we have been working on: the ‘I’ll pass’ campaign and interview about Lecture halls and SSH&.
During the last GV we discussed the scholarship programme. The programme was made up out of the extra money theat became free after the tuition fee raise for non-EEA students. At first, we had some concerns about the scholarship programme. Our major concerns were regarding the accessibility of the program and the proper compensation for bachelor students. We made sure that excellency will be changed into eligibility, because we think accessibility should be more important than excellency. Furthermore, bachelor students get compensated by almost half of the extra money from the raising of the tuition fee. Consequently, the USC has voted the scholarship program in.
Last year the USC and the Work’s Council (OR) had a lot of critical questions about the budget. This was, in part, due to not being supplied with all the relevant information. This caused the USC to be unable to form a good opinion about the plans and expenditures. Therefore, a negative advice was given. Crucially, the executive board learned from last year’s critical comments and procedure, resulting in a more elaborate and well-presented budget this year. The budget contained more information and our questions were answered in a sufficient manner. Therefore the USC decided to give the budget for 2022 a positive advice.
Code of conduct
An important and controversial document in this cycle was the code of conduct. Though only the OR had voting rights, both the USC and OR had critical remarks. These remarks stretched from the content of the piece to the general structure, character, procedures, and the level of detail of the piece. Because the OR and the USC had a lot of structural remarks with the document, it was decided to not further discuss this with the Executive Board, but rather to let the piece go back to the drawing board. In terms of procedure, the OR voted against the pieces.
‘I’ll pass’ campaign
This year Rizka, Seray, and Nathalie are participating in the ‘I’ll pass’ ‘ campaign of Iriszorg and the municipality of Nijmegen. The ‘I’ll Pass’ campaign is a challenge to yourself. You drink no alcohol for a month to see what it does to you. You will become more aware of the choice you can make to drink or not to drink. This way you break through ingrained patterns and alcohol is no longer taken for granted. Do you want to join our team? Fill in this form to challenge with us: https://ikpas.nl/doe-mee/?variation=invite&ikpas_team=e6beaec3fa2b5fe51dedbe308161b9204f8c149a371235bcaa09a903041fbe05
Lecture Hall interviews
For the campus strategy plan, the Radboud university wanted to develop a way of evaluating the use of lecture halls and work places. For this, they started a cooperation with TU Delft for a pilot in which they take the preferences of all stakeholder into account to develop measures with which they evaluate lecture halls. In the interview for this research we were able to mention a few points from our election program, such as our wish of hybrid education, recording lectures and the therefore needed infrastructure. Another point focused on the appropriate use of lecture halls and other classrooms to improve the quality of education. Lastly, we also advocated for more outlets and ergonomic seats for students as mentioned in the election program.
The housing problem in Nijmegen is this year at a new high point. Addressing this is a challenge since it is not a problem that the university can solve on its own. We have, however, started a small working group together with the workers council to address the housing problem for international students and staff. Furthermore, the fraction has participated in multiple interviews with the VOX about the short-term contracts that SSH& offers to international students. The housing situation is troublesome for everyone, also Dutch students, however, the internationals are in an especially vulnerable position. This is why we try to raise awareness for the problems they face to hopefully find a solution together with all parties involved.