020 believes that student politics must change fundamentally. What allows for 020 to bring forward this change is our unique approach to student politics. We have a dedicated team of researchers to assist our candidates with writing thorough policies that address the issues of the students in a pragmatic and realistic manner. On top of this, when the University’s bureaucracy makes the implementation of our policies difficult, we take matters into our own hands as was seen with our Project Major events who helped countless students decide what major to pursue, as well as our booklets that inform students on a variety of topics.
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The University must prioritize active diversification, including decolonisation, as mentioned in the 2016 Diversity Report.
Improving the quality of education for students also includes diversifying and decolonising the course content. This allows students to consider new perspectives, reflect on the origins of contemporary societal issues and reframe certain topics from postcolonial perspectives.
The University must invest more in sustainability.
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges our generation is and will be facing in the future. The UvA should do its part and invest in sustainable solutions and practices, especially as a large societal institution.
Student parties that receive any kind of support from student associations should be excluded from participating in the student council elections.
We see no reason for excluding parties who get support from student associations as it does not really give them a substantial unfair advantage.
Decisions must be made as decentralised as possible.
Some matters, such as sustainability and diversity, need to be addressed at a central level. However, for topics such as quality of education, different studies encounter different problems. Thus, it is important that we do not fall into the trap of the “one size fits all” solutions, but rather, give importance to the FSR’s capabilities to solve the issues of their respective student bodies.
The examination of curricula goes hand in hand with decolonisation and should be prioritised within the Diversity approach of the UvA.
In order to improve the course curricula, it is crucial to pay close attention to the material used within it. Decolonising the course content is an important part of improving education at the University, as it will help remove some of the long-standing biases that exist in many courses.
The UvA must actively facilitate the transfer from HBO (university of applied sciences) to WO (academic university education).
020 fully agrees that the UvA should facilitate a swift and accessible transfer from HBO to WO studies. Our fight to better chance equality will benefit from making this transfer easier, removing any unnecessary obstacles and eliminating as many bureaucratic factors as possible.
Budget cuts should come at the expense of smaller educational programmes.
Budget cuts are an inconvenience to any course, however, we believe that multiple factors should be taken into account when deciding what the yearly budget of a course should be,, including programme size, quality of education and student satisfaction.
Programmes should decide for themselves whether English will improve the quality of education.
Programme directors are tasked with increasing the quality of education in their programme throughout the year. If they believe that choosing English as the language of instruction will not improve the quality of education for that specific programme, we trust and support that decision. However, we believe that programme directors should interact with the student body and take into account the students’ opinions whilst making changes to the programme.
Every student must be able to pay per study point at the UvA (flexible studying).
We believe this would allow for programs such as flex studying, which would help to accommodate students who require a more flexible program alongside jobs, internships, or care responsibilities etc. Utilising more flexible planning offers more opportunities to students who otherwise may not be able to start, continue or finish their university degrees.
The amount of international students in a council, should be representative for the amount of international students within a faculty, or the University (same for Dutch students)
The student council should always represent both Dutch and international students. It is also true that the representation should be based on the number of students within a faculty. For example, suppose the number of Dutch students of a specific faculty is higher than the international; in that case, the student council should have more seats for the representatives of Dutch students.
The University should provide its students more (aid with) housing
The housing crisis in Amsterdam affects the lives of many students, especially first year students who do not have established connections in the city. Many are left on their own in the search for accomodation, thus experiencing a significant degree of stress. Even if the UvA cannot provide housing for everybody, we believe it should minimise these negative consequences by offering additional assistance (e.g. through a housing platform for UvA students).
The University must take into account the holidays of all religions.
In order for the University to be inclusive to all its students, all religious holidays should be recognised and taken into account when planning the syllabus for each course in order not to disadvantage students whose religious practices do not fall in the currently allocated holiday times.
All lectures should be available online, independently of the quarantine.
We believe all students should be able to catch up on lectures they were not able to attend for any reason. This should be the case even in post-pandemic times as it would enhance everybody’s learning experience and prevent stressful situations that were prevalent before the pandemic. It would also give students with learning disabilities the opportunity to (re)watch materials at their own speed.
There should be no sanctions for absence from lectures and tutorials.
Sanctions for absence from lectures and tutorials should remain in place as they help keep students motivated. However, we always advocate for professors to exercise reasonable leniency depending on one’s own circumstances.
Prioritizing efficiency in education leads to belittling of students and must therefore disappear.
Prioritizing efficiency in academic output without a proper period in which to discuss and reflect upon previous learning goals or assignments undermines the student’s educational experience.
Entry selection is detrimental to the accessibility of the university and should not take place.
Entry selection aids in upholding the standards of the university and selects students in the case of a numerus fixus program. Therefore, its existence is not detrimental in itself. However, focus should lie on the ways that entry selection potentially discriminates against particular groups. If the requirements potentially result in discriminatory outcomes, the university must reconsider them.
More investment is needed in interdisciplinary education (providing students with more than just one perspective on a particular subject, such as honours, PPLE or IIS programmes)
We believe interdisciplinary education plays a crucial role in preparing students to find comprehensive solutions for the complex issues of today’s society. Programmes like PPLE, honours electives and interdisciplinary minors can help students to breach out of their own disciplines and broaden their worldviews to gain a more holistic education.
Political Diversity should also be included in the Diversity approach of the university
Part of expanding diversity and inclusion at the University also means the diversification of political perspectives in course content. This would reduce the so-called 'left bias' of the University and encourage students to question their own views, and consider those that they perhaps have not yet been exposed to. This results in a more well-rounded, knowledgeable student body.
The University must invest more in improving the silent rooms.
In order to accommodate students who do not have sufficient space and privacy at home to focus on their studies, the University should not only improve existing silent rooms on campus but also create additional study spaces proportional to the study populations at the different sites.
Study associations should be encouraged and financially supported by the University.
We believe study associations to be a crucial aspect in creating a rewarding student experience at the UvA. In order to ensure that they can successfully contribute to the student life, the university should encourage their operations with appropriate financial support.
Money put into student participation by the University should be invested in free beer for students.
Money put into student participation by the University can be spent on numerous initiatives that will increase the quality of life for students in the long-run, rather than providing free beer.
The University should tailor curricula based on the needs of the labour market.
Following the conclusion of university, students often find difficulty in finding a relevant job connected to their study. As such, by tailoring certain courses with the expectation of entering into certain professions, we can ensure that students gain skills and knowledge that will benefit them upon entering the labour market.
Course coordinators must have the freedom to make decisions about education, such as the content of courses and examination.
Course coordinators are often a point of contact for the professors and staff of each course. Consequently they have extensive knowledge about what works and what does not, and what measures can potentially improve the quality of education. Of course this must be done under the supervision and in collaboration with the university.
The UvA should invest more in supporting the mental health of students.
Student mental health should be of utmost priority for the University, meaning students should have appropriate resources readily available to them when in need of mental health aid. The resources are currently not sufficient for the University’s growing student body, leaving many students without guidance or support. The University should therefore invest more in its mental health resources and services.
Students wishing to take honours courses should be able to do so based on their motivation, regardless of their grades.
While the "honors" distinction should be protected from oversaturation, all students should have the opportunity to explore their topics of interest through extracurricular electives and a variety of (interdisciplinary) minor programmes.
Student parties that receive any kind of support from external parties, such as national political parties or companies, should be excluded from participating in the student council elections.
While some parties may receive funding from national political parties or companies, we believe there should be a more effective oversight to these external financiers. This would prohibit an asymmetrical advantage among parties regarding elections, while also maintaining the focus on what really matters: the students.
Diversity quota and registration of ethnicity should be part of the Diversity policy of the UvA
We believe that a strict diversity quota is not the most effective or sustainable way of increasing diversity or true inclusion. Nor should ethnicity be prioritised over merit in admission. However, the University can still take steps to work towards more diversity, namely expanding the Diversity Office for non-white students to have a point of contact, and decolonising the course literature.
Vegan or vegetarian food - with optional meat options - should be the standard in the canteen, so the University can lead the example in terms of sustainability.
Meat options should still be offered, but in paving the way to become a sustainable institution, the UvA must take the initiative to incorporate vegan/vegetarian options as the standard. Further, student meals could become more affordable as meat is often more expensive than vegetarian options.
The Rector Magnificus and deans must be (directly) elected by students and staff.
The Rector Magnificus and the Dean positions are vital to the functioning of the University, although, at the moment, their daily actions can easily go unnoticed by students. Knowing that, we trust that the UvA puts in the necessary amount of effort to pick suitable applicants for these positions. We do not find this to be a position elected by the students as many of us would find it difficult and time consuming to make an informed decision.
Students and researchers must be able to conduct research on everything, even if it is against current values and norms.
It is crucial that research doesn’t lose its edge and innovation. However, research methods should still adhere to societally accepted ethics and norms.
The Binding Study Advice (BSA) should be abolished.
While the BSA has proved successful in the past in ensuring the UvA maintains a high quality and level of education, we believe that with the pandemic the BSA should be reduced as students' abilities may not be adequately reflected in these difficult times. Certain factors such as changes in circumstances and education forms should be taken into account, while retaining an reasonable assessment system to keep up the UvA’s level of education.
Members of a Programme Committee (a representative advisory body of the individual study programmes) should be elected by the group they represent.
Having certain members of the Programme Committee be appointed representatives would allow for more active input from the student body, rather than having to go through a secondary election-process.
The University is internationalising too quickly.
As long as the university follows a sustainable growth plan, we will accept any student with open arms. We believe in a diverse education experience, however, it must not come at the cost of the Dutch students.
Student psychologists should be available at each campus
We believe student psychologists should be available on each campus to guarantee their accessibility to students of different studies. The number of mental wellbeing staff should be proportional to the size of the student body on each campus.