UvAsociaal

Diversity, sustainability, accessibility and transparency, these are UvAsociaal core pillars. We were founded in the year 2005 and have worked tirelessly to have the voice of the average student heard in the decision-making process of the university since then. Our goal in UvAsociaal is a university that exists as a democratic and inclusive community with equal opportunities for all. This community is ideally one where accessibility of higher education and the quality of education is and will always remain the priority. Our members believe that we have a vital role to play in improving the university and we welcome everyone who believes they can help us in representing the students and to let their voice be heard.

Some examples of what we stand for:

The ability to study regardless of one’s socio-economic background
Proposals such as the Green Commitment to reduce the ecological footprint of the
University and its student associations
Smaller number of students in tutorial groups
A higher budget for teaching and the improvement of its quality
More blended learning incorporated into our education (lecture recordings, online tests)


Click on any motion below to see the parties explination



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

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

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

Political Diversity should also be included in the Diversity approach of the university
Agree

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

The University must invest more in improving the silent rooms.
Agree

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.
Agree

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

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

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

Numerus Fixus (a limited number of students in a programme) should only be implemented in case there is a capacity constraint.
Fully agree

Diversity quota and registration of ethnicity should be part of the Diversity policy of the UvA
No opinion

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.
Fully agree

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.
Fully agree

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

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

The Binding Study Advice (BSA) should be abolished.
Fully agree

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

The University is internationalising too quickly.
Fully agree

Student psychologists should be available at each campus
Fully agree

The University must invest more in sustainability.
Fully agree

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

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

Decisions must be made as decentralised as possible.
Fully agree

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)
No opinion

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

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