Participation organs

The Radboud University has student government organizations on several levels in the organization of the university. The Programme Committees (OLC’s: 'Opleidingscommissies') have a say in decisions involving the different study programmes, the student council of the Science faculty (FSR: 'Facultaire Studentenraad') meets with the board of the faculty and influences the decisions that involve faculty-wide matters. At the highest level is the Students Council of the University (USR: 'Universitaire Studentenraad'), which meets with the executive board and they have voice in university-wide decisions. All these participation bodies require active input from the students. It is important for you to know who to approach and how. Below you will find an overview of all participation councils.

Programme committees (OLCs)

There are three relevant OLCs for Sigma members: those for Molecular Life Sciences, Science and Chemistry. These three OLCs oversee the quality of their respective study programme. They does this for instance by evaluating the courses through surveys and teacher evaluations. With the information they get this way they grade the quality of the education. This feedback is then relayed to the Education Institute for Molecular Sciences, the teachers and the students, which ensures that the quality of education is maintained at the required level. Changes to the curriculum that are specific to the studies are also discussed with the OLCs, who advise on this matter. Think, for example, about removing or merging courses. For all your questions, remarks, complaints or suggestions related to the study you can contact the OLC of your study. They welcome your input.   


OLC Chemistry

Chair: Ernst van Eck

Secretary: Luc-Jan Laarhoven

Student-secretary: Sarah Vaessen

Staff members: Hugo Meekes, Rosalie van Zelm en Thomas Boltje

Student members: Roel Bienenmann, Jeroen Breuckers, Rick Ruliaman, Thom Posthumus



Assesor Chemistry:  Sarah Vaessen



OLC Molecular Life Sciences

Chair: Joost Martens

Secretary: Luc-Jan Laarhoven

Student secretary: Marit Hoogendonk

Staff members: Hans Heus, Jeroen Janssen, Jan Koenderink

Student members: Peer van Duppen, Thyrza Loman, Jelle Siemes, Angelina Claij


Assessor MLS:  Martin Rutten



OLC Science

Chair: Hugo Meekes

Secretary: Luc-Jan Laarhoven

Student-secretary: Kas Houthuijs

Staff members: Paul Kouwer, Jannie Peters

Student members: Maaike Heijdenrijk, Esmee Peperkamp, Anne Savenije, Wieske de Swart



Assessor: Justin Domhof


Faculty Student Council (FSR)

The Science faculty has it's own student government body which has a say in matters concerning our faculty. This might for instance entail an expansion of the computer work areas, changes in the opening hours of the Huygens building or faculty-wide changes regarding education. The FSR welcomes all your suggestions concerning our faculty. Do you think there should be more space to park your bicycle? Do you think the lines for the student help desk are too long? The FSR tries to get a grip on all the injustices and problems so we remain the best faculty of the university!


FSR Faculty of Science
(left to right) Bas van der Zandt (Computing Science), Arwin Kool (Mathematics and Physics), Sharon Eckringa (Biology), Justin Domhof (Science), Rosanne Wijgman (Physics) and Leoni Winschermann (Mathematics).
Assessor Faculty of Science: (most right) Evi Sijben (Computing Science)

University Student Council (USR)
The USR concerns itself with university-wide policy. This varies from investments in real estate to career orientation to the binding study advice (BSA). These forms of policy are independent of the indiviual study programmes and concern all students of the Radboud University. The USR advises the University Board regarding decisions that involve the students and the employees of the university. A sample of achievements of the USR: the university campus got its own SSHN-complex (Sterrenbosch), there are grants available for students who occupy a board function in a student organisation, the University Library is open on Saturday and Sunday and there is WiFi available everywhere on the university campus. The USR consists of eight chosen members from student's parties (AKKUraatd, ASAP and De Vrije Student) and six members that are put forward by the different umbrella organisations.


USR 2016-2017

Chair: Dennis Walraven (asap)
Vice chair: Isa Corbeek (AKKUraatd)
Secretary first half year: Else Giesbers (SOFv)
Secretary second half year: Aline Tuls (CSN)
Dinja de Vries (AKKUraatd)
Michelle Snaterse (AKKUraatd)
Bob Smits (asap)
Cas Spaans (asap)
Maarten Dietz (asap)
Joppe Hamelijnck (De Vrije Student)
Bente Bouwman (ISON)
Timo Bakrin (B.O.S.)
Pim ten Broeke (NSSR)
Ilse Strikkeling (CHECK)

Visit this site for more information about the current USR

Visiting adress: Thomas van Aquinostraat 3