Introduction

You have probably heard of CSF. You should now be thinking: ‘Hey, I voted for that!’ Haha, just kidding! But do you actually know what you voted for, who we are and what we do? Let me explain to you so that the term CSF will land in your student vocabulary.

To get a better understanding of what CSF means to you, it’s good to first understand what the Student Council does. The Student Council (SC) is a representative body within the university. In practical terms, this means that a large part of the decisions made within the university must be approved by both the Executive Board and the Student Council. The Executive Board currently consists of Arthur Mol, Louise Fresco and Rens Buchwaldt, but Louise Fresco is at the end of her second term and will therefore soon be succeeded by someone else. The Higher Education and Scientific Research Act (WHW in Dutch) is in place to ensure that these decisions are actually taken and that the Executive Board does not implement all kinds of decisions without the SC being able to do something about it. Depending on the subject, this gives us certain rights, of which the right of consent and advice are the most important. The right of consent ensures that we can block certain decisions if the SR really does not agree and the right to advise means that the Executive Board must ask the SR for advice at the moment that this could influence the formation of the policy.

The student council consists of different parties, namely CSF with two seats, S&I (Sustainability and Integration) with three seats and VeSte with seven seats. In addition to the interests of all students, CSF primarily represents the interests of Christian and international students. So it may not seem that important that you vote for CSF, because the SC represents the interests of all students, but it does make a difference what background you enter the student council with. Let me explain why CSF is special and you need to vote for us by explaining our vision and core values.