LIEF is a student party that is only present at Science Park. Our goal is to serve in the interests of all science students within the university. LIEF is here for every student. Our party program can be found via liefvoorjou.nl/vote.
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There should be no sanctions for absence from lectures and tutorials.
Mandatory attendance creates an ambiance similar to high school, which is unwanted. Although it is good for your own education, it should stay the responsibility of the students to choose this.
Prioritizing efficiency in education leads to belittling of students and must therefore disappear.
LIEF thinks that students should have the freedom to study at their own pace. Too much focus on efficiency by the university can take this freedom away from many students. At the same time, an efficiently designed curriculum can help many student to finish their program efficaciously and nominaly, if they choose to do so. This is why LIEF in favour of efficiency, but against mandatory efficiency.
Entry selection is detrimental to the accessibility of the university and should not take place.
Selections for a course programme have a negative impact on accessibility, but we at Lief do find motivation important when starting a course. That is why we believe that selections can continue to exist, where more attention is paid to motivation instead of only high study results.
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)
To us, studying is more than just following your curriculum. According to LIEF, the university is a place where self-development should stand central. We think that the university should invest in interdisciplinarity such that every student can choose their own path as much as possible.
Political Diversity should also be included in the Diversity approach of the university
LIEF thinks filtering or selection based on political beliefs is not appropiate.
Study associations should be encouraged and financially supported by the University.
We think study associations provide many opportunities for personal growth. They facilitate a lot for students, for example arranging book sales, organising activities relevant for the associated study, and the possibility for student to participate in leasure activities. This is why study associations need to be encouraged and financially supported, such that they have the means to realise these activities.
The University must invest more in improving the silent rooms.
The silent rooms that are currently available as meditation or prayer spaces are accessible and not overused. If the silent rooms would be often be full we would need more, although at the moment this does not seem necessary. It must be noted however that little students know of the existance of these spaces, which is why we think it is good to bring them to the attention of more students.
The University should tailor curricula based on the needs of the labour market.
We think that the programmes are best to find a balans that suits the study.
Master programmes with limited admission numbers should prioritise admission of students from our own bachelor programme that function as preparation of said master programme
We believe that bachelor and master programmes are two pieces of one whole, and, as such, students who finished their bachelor's at the UvA should be guaranteed a place at the corresponding master programme at our university.
Money put into student participation by the University should be invested in free beer for students.
Although we are always in for a drink, we don't think the money should be invested in free beer for students. By volunteering for the UvA students cannot participate fulltime in their courses, while they keep paying their tuition. By compensating the students, the university makes it easier for students to volunteer for the student council.
Course coordinators must have the freedom to make decisions about education, such as the content of courses and examination.
Teachers know best how to teach their subject and how students' knowledge of the subject can be tested. At all times however, there should be adequate monitoring of course quality by the programme management and the programme committee.
The UvA should invest more in supporting the mental health of students.
The pressure on students to complete their education has never been this high, and this shows. One in four students have complaints similar to burnout. This is why LIEF thinks the UvA should be taking more action in caring for its students' mental health.
Students wishing to take honours courses should be able to do so based on their motivation, regardless of their grades.
We believe following honours courses should be as accessible as possible. Having entry requirements based on grades opposes this notion. If a student is motivated to follow these sorts of courses, they should be free to do so.
Diversity quota and registration of ethnicity should be part of the Diversity policy of the UvA
There are many ways to improve diversity at the university. We think that this approach does not provide any solutions to the problem. LIEF advocades for the root cause of these problems to be addressed instead. Registration of ethnicity has no place within the university.
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.
The canteen has to be a place for everybody. With vegan and vegetarian as the base, we expect the quality of the vegan and vegetarian food to improve.
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.
LIEF is not pleased with the trend that organizations outside of the university are getting involved with the student counsil elections. However, we think exclusion from participation whenever this occurs is not an appropiate measure. Parties should always be transparent about support they receive.
The Rector Magnificus and deans must be (directly) elected by students and staff.
The offices of Rector Magnificus and dean are essential for the functioning of the university. We believe in democratization and decentralisation but also realize that certain things come in gradations. LIEF finds, especially with experience of other elected positions, that an election for these positions brings too little knowledge with it from the voters. Instead we highlight elections for the FSR if students want to be heard more.
Students and researchers must be able to conduct research on everything, even if it is against current values and norms.
At LIEF we put great value into academic freedom. It is a virtue of Dutch culture that we are open-minded and it is not the place of the society to determine what can and can’t be researched. Even the things we as a society disagree with can be valuable if we understand why they are dangerous or harmful.
The Binding Study Advice (BSA) should be abolished.
LIEF supports the BSA, because it is a procedure the UvA can use to maintain a certain level of educational quality on its courses. It also shows students whether they chose the right academic field.
Members of a Programme Committee (a representative advisory body of the individual study programmes) should be elected by the group they represent.
We think it is important that all students should have equal opportunity when it comes to taking part in student representative bodies such as programme committees. Filling available seats by way of elections can be a useful tool in achieving this. There are circumstances however, where the use of elections would be to the detriment of the selection process. As such, it should be up to the programme committees themselves whether they fill available seats using elections or using other means.
The University is internationalising too quickly.
One the one hand internationalization ensures that education will be more accessible for foreign students and some students with a migration background. On the other hand it is possible that a shift from Dutch to English can have negative consequences for the education quality. LIEF thinks there should be room for international students, but this should not be at the cost of Dutch speaking students.
Student psychologists should be available at each campus
Visiting a student psychologist should be as accessible as possible.
The University must invest more in sustainability.
It is important for the university to keep investing in sustainability. We aren't only looking to today but also to the world of tomorrow, with the increasing lack of resources and the threats to the environment, sustainability needs to be a top priority.
Student parties that receive any kind of support from student associations should be excluded from participating in the student council elections.
Study and student associations are an important part of the university and have a clear connection to the students. This is why we are not opposed to their involvement within the student counsil.
The University must prioritize active diversification, including decolonisation, as mentioned in the 2016 Diversity Report.
The Diversity Report of 2016 is a good document and we think that diversity and decolonisation is important. However we do think that on the matter of active diversification you do need to be careful in how reactive you are in making a policy. We believe it is good to keep being reflective on how you want to reach your goal.
The examination of curricula goes hand in hand with decolonisation and should be prioritised within the Diversity approach of the UvA.
This is up to the programmes and teachers
Decisions must be made as decentralised as possible.
At LIEF we strife for decentralization in both the university and our faculty. In this way, input of students and employees who are close to practice can be addressed directly.
The UvA must actively facilitate the transfer from HBO (university of applied sciences) to WO (academic university education).
Accessibility is one of our core values. We strive to make everyone feel comfortable at the university. That is why we believe that the transition from HBO to WO should be facilitated, provided that the standards are met.
Budget cuts should come at the expense of smaller educational programmes.
We at Lief believe that the number of students should not be a guide to cut back on an education programme. The knowledge within a smaller programme is just as important as that of the larger programmes. If this knowledge is not maintained, there is a chance that it will become obsolete.
Programmes should decide for themselves whether English will improve the quality of education.
Programmes themselves should be able to determine whether courses should be taught in English or in Dutch. However, this decision should always be made such that it is beneficial to the quality and accessibility of education.
Every student must be able to pay per study point at the UvA (flexible studying).
LIEF supports the idea of being able to pay for your education per EC and thus making studying more flexible and available. However the current execution of this idea still leaves a lot of room for improvement. This is why LIEF thinks the UvA should do more research in finding a better way to put this idea in practice.
The University should provide its students more (aid with) housing
Finding housing is a difficult challenge for students at the moment, and may lead to extra stress besides their studies. Where possible, the university should aid students in this proces.
The University must take into account the holidays of all religions.
It has to be possible for students of all religions to study at the UvA and feel respected. Not all religious holidays have to be education-free, but it has to be taken into account, for instance with attendance requirements.
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)
While LIEF thinks participation by international students is important, we feel that it is up to the voters to decide who receives the available seats.
All lectures should be available online, independently of the quarantine.
We believe that the accessibility of lectures should be as good as possible for all students. This is because it gives students more flexibility within their studies and thus access to their study material at any time.