Group update: march

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, what issues have been raised in the Joint Assembly and what the opinion of asap is.

XIth fraction of asap

The past March cycle and the accompanying GV will go down in the books as one of the shortest GVs we know: the agenda was quite short and it did not last longer than an hour. Nevertheless, the group has not been idle this month. Besides actively participating in the asap’s committees, we have also worked on a number of projects. These projects will be elaborated on in this update. We hope that you, like us, have survived the exam weeks in good health and are already looking forward to a beautiful summer – with, of course, the elections! 

Regulations for Top Talents in Sports and Culture

The university has regulations about Top talents in Sports and Culture. These entail the requirements to attain such a status. The status allows Top talents more flexibility with their studies and, on request, extra facilities. The previous regulations were dated, so an updated version was made and discussed this cycle. There were no major changes between the two documents. We did, however, have a discussion with the executive board about the status of talented rowers. Rowers usually start during their student time and therefore are not yet associated with NOC*NSF. We heard some complaint from our constituency that these up- and-coming talented rowers were not eligible for the status of top talent. We addressed this issue and got the commitment from the executive board that these rowers are eligible for the flexible studying status and should contact the top talents coordinator. The flexible studying status allows students to have more control over their (often overlapping) schedules. We’re happy to have the commitment from the executive board and have communicated this to the rowing association Phocas.

Impact Festival

On the 16th of May the Green Office of Radboud will organise an Impact Festival as a follow-up of the Impact Day. While the Impact Day had a lot of initiatives to the outside, promoting sustainability and making a statement of Radboud’s commitment to sustainability, the Impact Festival will focus more on the internal aspects. It will give participants the chance to see initiatives that already exist at Radboud, ways of participating in those initiatives and inspirations for simple ways of being part of the change. Marie is very actively involved in the organisation of this festival and bringing the students’ viewpoint into this. Currently, we are looking into a way of promoting the list of sustainability courses to students in a way that is interactive and fun. We are also looking into ways of involving student and study associations in this festival to engage more participants. If you have any input, ideas or questions, please feel free to contact Marie.

Working places and maze map

Now that the campus is open at full capacity again, we see more workplaces being used and it might get more difficult for students to find a free location. Luckily, a pilot for the university library started, which shows accurately where spaces are left, what kind of spaces that are and also other points that might be of interest, such as lockers or OV charging points. We will try to promote this map a bit more so that students are aware of this pilot and we can hopefully evaluate it in the near future and maybe make it a university-wide project. If you also sometimes work in the university library, maybe have a look at it. It can be found here.

Interdisciplinary education

In interdisciplinary education, several research areas are combined to reinforce each other. It focuses on the overlap of different insights from the disciplines. This allows you to enrich your own knowledge with the knowledge of others. At Radboud University, there are already a number of courses of this kind in which different programmes are involved. At Radboud University, research is also being done into interdisciplinary education. Radboud University’s strategic plan also states that interdisciplinary education plays an important role. That is why the group is looking for ways to promote this. 

Working group on improving the GA’s working methods

Recently, a new working group has been set up to improve the working method of the GV. It will look at the current working method in order to identify any points for improvement and look for ways to improve them. The working group consists of several members of the Works Council and the USC. Based on previous findings and personal experiences, an attempt is made to optimise the working method of the GV.