The Faculty Council is the official representative advisory body of the Faculty. By their right of consent and/or right of recommendation the Faculty Council has a hold on teaching and education programmes, research, the budget, staffing policy, faculty finance, health and safety regulations, housing and organisational change. The Board needs the Council’s consent in sections of the Education and Exam Regulations (OER) and faculty regulations. In all other issues it has the right to make recommendations.

The Faculty Council of Spatial Sciences has ten members. Five members are elected from among the staff (appointed for 2 years) and five members are elected from among the students (appointed for 1 year). The Presidium of the Faculty Council consists of the chair (one of the staff representatives) and the vice chair (one of the student representatives). The Council strives for a constructively critical attitude.

The term begins on 1 September of the year in which the elections for the section in question have taken place. The elections for the Faculty Council are organized in accordance with the RUG Electoral Regulations. The Council meets about six times per year and the membership is open to all staff.

Chair – Gwenda van der Vaart

Vice-Chair – Timothy Laukens

Secretary – Eliza van der Ploeg

This academic year, the Faculty Council consists of the following members:

  • Gwenda van der Vaart
  • Gunnar Mallon
  • Annet Kempenaar
  • Dimitris Ballas
  • Paulo Cigarro
  • Diana Velea
  • Jovan van den Berk
  • Timothy Laukens