Representative Advisory Councils

Standing as a candidate for the Representative Advisory Council?

2 Feb 2022 13:49 | Representative Advisory Councils

Between 7 March and 3 April, you can make a difference at AUAS by standing as a candidate for the Representative Advisory Council. If you’re elected, you’ll take part in meetings with the management to discuss policy on behalf of your faculty or the entire university. Does that sound like something for you?

‘Serving in the Representative Advisory Council looks really good on your CV’, says Sam Toxopeus, member of the Central Representative Advisory Council (CMR) and the FDMCI Council. ‘You gain management experience and really get to see how this works in practice.’ Another benefit is that you’ll expand your network. ‘That really happens automatically. You start talking to people about a project or an idea, and without realising it, you get to know and appreciate each other. This also happens outside your usual circle. You have meetings with board members and when you talk to the dean or the Executive Board, you’re talking to the boss of the faculty or AUAS. That’s when things starting taking off, both for your network and your CV.’

‘But it’s also just fun’, Lola Bessa (CMR) adds. ‘I stood as a candidate because I wanted to see certain things change and I wanted to be the voice for that. In addition to the supervisory duties, joining the CMR gave me the opportunity to contribute my own ideas as well. These don’t have to be big things, though. Shortly after the COVID-19 outbreak, I had a hard time studying at home, partly due to my disability. But at that time, students could only reserve a study place at AUAS twice a week. To address this situation, I requested a broader arrangement for students with disabilities and the criteria were quickly expanded.’

Bessa says it’s a real pity she has to step down. ‘In my case, I can’t combine it with my internship because my host company doesn’t want me to. Incidentally, I know plenty of members who are able to do both. That’s also a way to gain experience: combining work, studying and serving on the Representative Advisory Council. And we do get paid for our work on the Council, so that’s actually work, too.’
‘We do this on top of our work, yes’, says Paul Disco, who serves as a member of the CMR alongside his lecturing duties. ‘But we’re working on facilitating and updating the current regulations. As employees, we don’t get paid to serve on the Representative Advisory Council, but we are granted leave for Council activities when needed. In principle, managers and timetable staff cannot refuse these leave requests.. Of course, it’s a good idea to think about your candidacy first and discuss it with your manager beforehand. It really helps to make agreements upfront regarding what will happen if you’re elected so that everyone is on the same page. In fact, most managers like having a liaison who regularly meets with the board.’

If you’re interested in working for the Representative Advisory Council and have questions or would like more information, please contact us.