More video lectures, better communication
Dante’s council members work within the Faculty Council to promote the interests of the TSHD students. Numbers 1 and 2 on the list explain which main points they intend to focus on in the next council term. “Better career guidance, clearer information regarding internship options, more video lectures and bridging the communication gap between students and lecturers,” is how Mathijs Leenheer and Imme Wagemans sum it up.
Mathijs (22) is enrolled in the study Communication and Information Sciences; Imme (20) is studying Online Culture: Art, Media & Society. Imme: “While my study programme does offer the option of an internship, in practice it’s difficult to do one without falling behind. The departments really need to improve their communication about this subject. In many cases, students are basically left to their own devices. What’s more, the information that you do get is provided at a relatively late stage in the programme.”
Her fellow candidate adds that while the faculty has adopted digitalization as one of its spearheads, it is actually trailing behind many of its counterparts. “I work for Library & IT Services, and you can see that in some cases, faculties are submitting hundreds for applications for video lectures. And in this day and age, every lecturer should at least be able to get a YouTube clip up and running.” Many students would welcome the opportunity to re-view the Statistics lectures, for example. “But you don’t have to record a tutorial session attended by ten students. In other words, we will keep an eye on when filming actually makes sense,” says Mathijs.
Communication gap between students and lecturers
Imme is a member of the board of Study Association Animo. “Which is fun, but I’ve noticed that we don’t have much influence on what goes on at the faculty level. I hope that, as a member of the Faculty Council, I’ll be able to make a real contribution and help to improve our education programmes and facilities.” Mathijs, who has served on the education committee for the past two years, sees a communication gap between the students and the academic staff. “A lot of students aren’t afraid to complain, but they don’t actually discuss their objections with their lecturers. As a member of the Faculty Council I would like to bridge this gap. I don’t mind getting my hands dirty, and you can definitely get stuff done in the council. On top of that, I expect it to be quite an educational experience.” Imme seconds that: “I think it will be very interesting to see how matters are dealt with in the council, and to learn about the balance of different interests.”
Dante supplies the council members for all five student seats on the TSHD Faculty Council. The remainder of this participation body is formed by five staff representatives and the faculty’s executive board. Student Party Dante’s list consists of seven students, with each study programme being represented by at least one candidate. The party members have agreed to focus on real issues during the campaign. Imme: “None of the existing student council members will be continues next year, so we can count on an intensive hand-over period. We need to ensure that the activities of the current council members are all correctly transferred to their successors. The five students who are ultimately appointed to the council will represent each of the faculty’s main study programmes, meaning that they will also remain in touch with those programmes that aren’t directly represented in the council.” In addition, the students will keep a critical eye on issues that proved of specific interest in the current council term. Mathijs offers an example: “Take the new Cognitive Science & Artificial Intelligence programme. We will start monitoring it as soon as it kicks off in September.” Imme: “Digitalization and the mobility window – students’ opportunities to do an internship or study abroad – are other subjects that are already being discussed in the council.” Whatever else appears on the table, the Student Party Dante will do its utmost to optimally represent the interests of each and every TSHD student.