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Contact municipality: Legal student housing. At the beginning of our year the municipality passed a law which legalised all student houses in the city centre, which were all officially illegal before. Result of this law is that all student houses need to apply for a permit, to which neighbours can appeal. VeSte officially spoke to the Municipality council, after which the Alderman agreed that no students should be evicted due to this new law and that he personally would help students if this should happen.
DUWO is the new student housing company in Wageningen now, next to Idealis. Our PR Wageningen initiated contact with DUWO to be able to discuss any problems that may arise in the future with regard to student housing with them.
FOS transition year: In March many Student Boards already start to look for their successors. However, the university hadn’t submitted a proposal for new FOS regulations. VeSte initiated a transition year for 2015-
Napping spots. On initiative of a VeSte member it was discussed with the Forum location manager to install napping spots in Forum. For the year 14-
Library opening hours. On initiative of a VeSte member the library opening hours on the weekends between the self-
Career centre. On initiative of two VeSte members the possibility of a career centre for students of the WUR was discussed with the Rector Magnificus and staff members. Currently a working group is looking into this topic. A career centre could have several tasks ranging from giving tips and tricks to students looking for a job to career choice coaches.
Last year was an important year for the Dutch educational national policy: the introduction of the study advance bill. Although VeSte was never in favour of the study advance bill, our faction rather chose to take an objective, pro-
Another major topic is the ‘Maagdenhuis’ occupations – where students and staff asked for more involvement, democracy and transparency of the universities. Also in Wageningen we experienced the consequences of this student activism in Amsterdam. This resulted in a debate with the Rector Magnificus on student democracy and a transparent university, organized with the whole Student Council. The momentum created a nice opportunity for us to discuss some points of improvement regarding student democracy with the Executive Board.
During the past year, VeSte has organized quite a lot of events related to creating awareness of what VeSte is and does and to get input from students on relevant topics. Apart from our regular meetings with the study associations, Contractus and other student organisations we also asked for input more directly from students, for example:
Blackboard survey throughout Forum (question ‘Wat te doen met een leenstelsel miljoen?’ or ‘What to do with a million’ to improve the quality of education). A report of the outcomes was handed over to the Rector Magnificus and was used for inspiration in the discussions on the universities investments.
During the VeSte-
International party at ‘t Gat in cooperation with ESN
Provinciale Staten elections debate in cooperation with SSR-
Utopia party in cooperation with KSV
Workshop evening on the social loaning system in cooperation with KLV
Ball Tournament in cooperation with Thymos
Since VeSte aims to represent all active students of Wageningen UR, we also organised three other activities especially aiming at those students:
Midwinter Boards Drink, where all student boards were invited to meet and mingle to improve the cooperation between the different organisations in Wageningen.
Boards Market, a market at Forum where all boards looking for successors could present themselves to students looking to be active.
VeSte Board Congress, an evening for all (future) student board members full of workshops that will help them in their coming year.
We worked hard on the preparations and the execution of the elections for the academic year 2015-
It was a pleasure to represent you, the active students, for the year 2014-
Jelske, Rogier, Tjerna, Robin, Soline, Karel & Sander
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