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.
DVS is against paternalism and mandatory attendance. Students are patronized.
Numerus Fixus (a limited number of students in a programme) should only be implemented in case there is a capacity constraint.
Only when selection is a needed measure, it should happen. Numerus Fixus should serve the quality of education, not vice versa. This ensures the freedom and accesibility at the university as much as possible.
Entry selection is detrimental to the accessibility of the university and should not take place.
If a study receives more applications than it can handle, decentralized selection is the best alternative to guarantee the quality of education. Accessibility will only be limited if there is no other option. This can be done in only two ways: by lottery or decentralized selection. Out of these two, we prefer selection as the lesser evil.
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)
The future of academics and the labor market lies in interdisciplinarity, and the university should accomodate.
Study associations should be encouraged and financially supported by the University.
DVS supports the stimulation of student side activities and encouraged the process of growth of students
Political Diversity should also be included in the Diversity approach of the university
If we talk diversity, lets talk diversity in the broadest sense of the word. Political diversity is also diversity!
The University must invest more in improving the silent rooms.
The Free Student thinks the current silent rooms are adequate. We see other priorities for after Corona, such as the mental health of our (international) students and the quality of education.
Money put into student participation by the University should be invested in free beer for students.
DVS participates actively in the councils. The money serves to improve the quality of medezeggenschap (student councils), spending the whole budget on beer does not serve this cause. Therefore, we completely disagree with this statement.
The University should tailor curricula based on the needs of the labour market.
The Unviversity should build their curricula on both the labour market and academic values.
Course coordinators must have the freedom to make decisions about education, such as the content of courses and examination.
This should be a task for the program director.
The UvA should invest more in supporting the mental health of students.
DVS already created more budget for student psychologists and extra study advisors. Taking corona into account, mental health should be a priority right now and in the future.
Diversity quota and registration of ethnicity should be part of the Diversity policy of the UvA
DVS is absolutely against registration of ethnicity and quota. We would like to break institutionalized discrimination, however, quota are not the solution. Moreover, these measures are based on identity politics, which DVS rejects.
Students wishing to take honours courses should be able to do so based on their motivation, regardless of their grades.
DVS thinks students can distinguish themselves in countless ways. An honours programme should maintain to be for Honours students. These are excellent students with high grades. There are sufficient alternatives to excel as a non-honours student.
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.
Everything allowed by the legal system and the elections regulations, should be allowed.
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.
Vegan and vegetarian food should be incentivized, it is after all thé sustainable alternative, however, we believe it is a bit pedantic to force people into eating vegetarian. All though DVS is currently holding the file of sustainability and has done so in the past, we do believe students can choose whether or not they will buy and eat fish and meat. Moreover, DVS believes the white paper reveals other, more useful ways to become a sustainable university.
The Rector Magnificus and deans must be (directly) elected by students and staff.
The Free Student believes the current policy is the right one
The Binding Study Advice (BSA) should be abolished.
We are for freedom and flexibility during your studies, but obtaining your BSA is essential for obtaining your diploma. Without a BSA, you impose students high debts without the prospect of a diploma.
Students and researchers must be able to conduct research on everything, even if it is against current values and norms.
DVS wants every type of research to be possible, as long as the academic basis of every research is guaranteed.
Members of a Programme Committee (a representative advisory body of the individual study programmes) should be elected by the group they represent.
Ideally yes, however, if the turnout indication is insufficient, the current selection process (by job applications) suffices.
The University is internationalising too quickly.
Despite being in favour of internationalisation, DVS thinks it is time to take care of the current international students (especially taking in account the consequences of corona for students who have their family abroad) then to keep internationalising too rapidly.
For example, we already have a housing shortage, to accommodate every international student
The University must invest more in sustainability.
DVS is in favor of a clean and sustainable University. Investing in the sustainable alternative now helps us all long term.
There should be no sanctions for absence from lectures and tutorials.
Your classes are your responsibility!
Student psychologists should be available at each campus
If possible, DVS would see this growth of accessibility as a win.
The University must prioritize active diversification, including decolonisation, as mentioned in the 2016 Diversity Report.
In general, DVS is in favor of most measures taken by the Board of the UvA. Just like the board (Diversity nota), DVS is in favor of a diverse and inclusive university. However, currently, we think the diversity policy is on schedule and therefore shouldn't be prioritized. We prioritize Mental Health, Social Safety, the maintenance of the quality of education, and digitalization.
Student parties that receive any kind of support from student associations should be excluded from participating in the student council elections.
Everything allowed by law and the election regulations, should be tolerated
Decisions must be made as decentralised as possible.
DVS is in favour of both the Programme Committees as the Faculty student council: we have been participating in the faculty councils for years now. When choices can be made on a decentral level, DVS is in favour of it. However, some decisions should be taken centrally in order to maintain equality among students.
The examination of curricula goes hand in hand with decolonisation and should be prioritised within the Diversity approach of the UvA.
DVS is in favour of decolonisation of the curricula, but thinks revision is a better term. Eurocentric views and political diversity should also be taken in account.
The UvA must actively facilitate the transfer from HBO (university of applied sciences) to WO (academic university education).
The university should maintain the level of education. Allowing too many HBO students does not help in this regard. Thus, the UvA should not implement active policy on it.
Budget cuts should come at the expense of smaller educational programmes.
Budget cuts should never result in the disappearance of study programmes, but if smaller programmes become too small, universities should look into opportunities to collaborate to keep the programmes alive.
Programmes should decide for themselves whether English will improve the quality of education.
DVS thinks programmes should be taught in English when relevant for the bachelor or master programme. Secondly, DVS thinks the councils should have their say in the internationlisation process of the UvA.
The University should provide its students more (aid with) housing
With the current housing market in Amsterdam, students need support. Additionally, the UvA should not make misleading statements to international students regarding housing.
Every student must be able to pay per study point at the UvA (flexible studying).
Flexstudying has been one of our priorities. Former DVS-council member Anna de Koning already made sure you will pay per studypoint when you only have to finish one or two courses. Winning!
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)
Currently, DVS sees councils that aren't representative; this is a problem. The central council has too many international students whereas the faculty of FNWI has no internationals at all. We therefore would like to see that student parties strive to create mixed and representative lists as much as possible. This way the democratic process will no be disturbed and the councils will be more representative.
The University must take into account the holidays of all religions.
DVS thinks all religions should be included in the day-off system: the Eid should be included.
Study advisors should take religious days into consideration, and this should never negatively affect your attendance.
All lectures should be available online, independently of the quarantine.
DVS has been fighting for this for years now: all lectures should be available online! We want to see hybrid education (lectures online and the seminars at location), also after corona!