Stura is the official Student Council of KU Leuven. We represent all 60.000 students at all campuses of KU Leuven. Through student representatives at each faculty, we gather student opinions and take that input to work wih KU Leuven to optimise our education.
A mandatary at Stura is a volunteer
who is committed to making the student voice heard at numerous meetings. For example, if you are a Diversity & Inclusion mandatary, you attend the diversity council and participate in meetings of the subgroups of the council.
Over the past few years, our mandataries have dealt with topics like the milestone and deliberation package, calibration tests, teacher evaluations anda host of other issues.
Below you find an overview of the different mandates within Stura. Each mandate is accompanied by a sheet with more information on the content, tasks and expectations of the mandate. You will find this sheet under ‘More info’.
As president, you are the head of the Student Council. You therefore ensure that Stura keeps running. You take place in the Executive Board (GeBu) with the Rector and Vice-rectors.
As vice-president, on the one hand, you take on a full support role for the president. On the other hand, you ensure a pleasant working atmosphere within the team. The vice-chair is a member of the Academic Council, among others.
As General Administrator you are responsible for the non-profit organization behind the Student Council KU Leuven. You are responsible for the finances and infrastructure.
As Campus coordinator (CaCo), you will ensure that each campus is represented in a grounded manner within Stura.
As Academic Council Mandatary, you represent all KU Leuven students in the Academic Council. You work around KU Leuven’s long-term vision and take on an important role in the Student Council Board. Furthermore, you are a sympathetic ear for the concerns of the FO chairs from your group.
The Education Council is the hub of Education Policy at KU Leuven. Advice is formulated for the Academic Council. As Education Council representative, you sit in various working groups, for example on the REE and the milestone.
As mandatary international, you create a university where international students feel welcome. You participate in the Council on International Policy (RIB) and the Interfaculty Council for Development Cooperation (IRO), among others.
As mandatary UNA Europa, you are responsible for the representation of KU Leuven students in, among others, the UNA Europa Student Board. Within this mandate you work closely together with the mandataries International.
As Sustainability mandatary, you will represent KU Leuven as a sustainable institution. Together with the sustainability office and other partners you look for opportunities to make improvements. You participate in the Sustainability Council, as well as in various advisory bodies and committees.
As mandatary Diversity & Inclusion, you will look for opportunities to create a more inclusive university by advocating the interests of all KU Leuven students in the Diversity Council, as well as in various related advisory bodies and committees
As mandatary Culture, you are a member of the KU Leuven Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee (CKE). This committee is responsible for cultural affairs at KU Leuven and advises on cultural policy and budget spending.
As mandatary for the Master of Teaching you coordinate the representation of all students within the Master of Teaching programmes. You will attend various bodies on behalf of the Student Council.
As mandatary ICTS, you are responsible for student representation in the various advisory boards and decision-making bodies that set short- and long-term priorities regarding ICT in education.
As mandatary student services (Stuvo), you participate in the decree-making Stuvo council, as well as in other meetings related to the policy area ‘student life’. In doing so, you maintain contacts with all campuses and sub-boards.
Are you a student at KU Leuven, taking up at least 15 ECTS? Then you can become a mandatary! However, you must also be elected by the General Assembly. Experience in a POC or at Faculty level is certainly a plus, but for most mandates not a requirement to stand for election.
As a mandatary, you go to meetings relevant to your mandate. This number varies greatly depending on which mandate you want to do. In addition, where necessary, you will write a note for the General Assembly (GA). This is a discussion of a topic where the GA holds a discussion and takes a position afterwards. Your job is to provide the necessary context on the topic and answer any questions during the discussion. Finally, you are expected to attend the General Office meetings (Monday evening every fortnight) and the General Assembly (Friday evening every fortnight).
You will present yourself to the members of the General Assembly and answer a few substantive questions afterwards. You will be given preparation time for this. The Neutral Electoral Committee runs the elections. It consists of individuals from Stura’s current team as well as members of the General Assembly. Once elected, you are part of the General Office.
The deadline to run for office is eight days before the actual election. Elections are possible at all GA’s of the Academic year. You can find a calendar of the GA’s here. If you want to run for office, please submit your candidacy to email@example.com with the words “Candidacy mandate ‘x’ academic year first name surname” in the subject of the email.
Your candidacy includes your resume, along with a short cover letter explaining why you want to hold a particular mandate.
To manage the elections well, Stura’s electoral regulations stipulate the installation of an election committee. It receives all candidatures via firstname.lastname@example.org, communicates about these towards the General Assembly (GA) and drafts the election questions.
The election committee consists of three members: two resigning EC-members and one GA-member. The election committee for academic year 2023-2024 consists of:
The GA ratified the election committee on May 13th, 2023 by written procedure.