De Vrije Student

De Vrije Student (The Free Student) puts students in the first place. That means that all lectures should be available online, that there should be more space in the university to study and that we are in favour of a higher teaching level in international classes. We find it important that you can evolve yourself to the utmost level during your time in college. Being a student is more than just study: it also comprehends the possibility to become a board member of your study association, to have a job next to your study or enjoy your free time in Amsterdam! We want you to be able to make use of these possibilities by giving you online lectures.

At the same time, we stand for a realistic university: of course, we are not against gender neutral toilets or vegan food in the cantina, but can the university’s money not in the first place be spent in another way? We say: first the study spaces and online lectures, and after that we can look into other subjects. That is how we distinguish ourselves from other parties.


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Prioritizing efficiency in education leads to belittling of students and must therefore disappear.
Agree

Entry selection is detrimental to the accessibility of the university and should not take place.
Disagree

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)
Agree

Study associations should be encouraged and financially supported by the University.
Fully agree

Political Diversity should also be included in the Diversity approach of the university
Fully agree

The University must invest more in improving the silent rooms.
Fully disagree

Money put into student participation by the University should be invested in free beer for students.
Fully disagree

The University should tailor curricula based on the needs of the labour market.
Neutral

Course coordinators must have the freedom to make decisions about education, such as the content of courses and examination.
Disagree

The student participation of PPLE must be separated from the student participation of the faculty.
Disagree

The UvA should invest more in supporting the mental health of students.
Fully agree

Diversity quota and registration of ethnicity should be part of the Diversity policy of the UvA
Fully disagree

Students wishing to take honours courses should be able to do so based on their motivation, regardless of their grades.
Disagree

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.
Disagree

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.
Agree

The Rector Magnificus and deans must be (directly) elected by students and staff.
Disagree

The Binding Study Advice (BSA) should be abolished.
Disagree

Students and researchers must be able to conduct research on everything, even if it is against current values ​​and norms.
Agree

Members of a Programme Committee (a representative advisory body of the individual study programmes) should be elected by the group they represent.
Neutral

The University is internationalising too quickly.
Agree

The University must invest more in sustainability.
Agree

There should be no sanctions for absence from lectures and tutorials.
Fully agree

Student psychologists should be available at each campus
Fully agree

The University must prioritize active diversification, including decolonisation, as mentioned in the 2016 Diversity Report.
Neutral

The digital workbook should not be a mandatory part of the tutorials.
Agree

Student parties that receive any kind of support from student associations should be excluded from participating in the student council elections.
Disagree

Decisions must be made as decentralised as possible.
Neutral

The examination of curricula goes hand in hand with decolonisation and should be prioritised within the Diversity approach of the UvA.
Agree

The UvA must actively facilitate the transfer from HBO (university of applied sciences) to WO (academic university education).
Fully disagree

Budget cuts should come at the expense of smaller educational programmes.
Neutral

Programmes should decide for themselves whether English will improve the quality of education.
Disagree

The University should provide its students more (aid with) housing
Agree

Every student must be able to pay per study point at the UvA (flexible studying).
Fully agree

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)
Agree

The University must take into account the holidays of all religions.
Agree

All lectures should be available online, independently of the quarantine.
Fully agree