History: Stura through the years

Student Council KU Leuven has been founded over 10 years ago. For the occasion we collected some highlights of each academic year from since Stura’s establishment until now. Click on the academic year and find out more about what the Student Council accomplished and/or organised that year.

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Before 2013

Student representation at KU Leuven has a rich tradition. In the 1960s, a variety of seperate councils emerged to deal with student representation. The Social Council, one of the best-known councils, represented students within student services as ‘co-government’. It also dealt with broader social issues, organised demonstrations and actions, and grew enormously in popularity as a result.

In addition to the Social Council as co-management, the ‘Kringraad’ was established. This council acquired a voice within the academic bodies of KU Leuven. Besides the Kringraad, numerous other councils were concerned with culture, sports and international students, among others. In May 1969 the umbrella student council ASR (General Student Council) was founded to unite all councils, without loosing their independency. In 1986, ASR dissolved and LOKO (Leuvense Overkoepelende KringOrganisatie) was established in its place. The councils continued to work independently until 2005, after which they were centralised within LOKO. 


ChairClaudia Löwik
Vice-chairAndries Verslyppe
General AdministratorVeronique Beyls
Campus CoordinatorGert-Jan Sprangers
Board Executive BiomedOliver Van Oekelen
Board Executive HUMCharlotte De Wilde
Board Executive SETMathias Anthonissen
Education CouncilJan-Baptist Lemair
Marijke Vanderschot
Matthias Meynen
Christof Abspoel
Nathalie De Beukelaer
DiversityThomas Cliquet
Kenny Dekeyzer
Nanxin Sun (sem 1)
InternationalAndreas Frans
An-Sofie Thonnon
Sander Beelaert (sem 1)
ICTSGust Verbruggen
External affairsMichaël Rosmane
Stefanie Demedts

Students at KU Leuven used to live and learn mainly on one campus, notably Leuven. You took classes in Gasthuisberg, visited student bars on the Old Market and lived in dorms on the outskirts of town. University life happened in the same village, on the same island. Student representation in a variety of fields was then done through one centralised organisation, LOKO.

That simplicity came to an end in the 2013 – 2014 academic year. A lot of professional master’s programmes at Flemish colleges became academic master’s programmes. This evolution meant that all over Flanders former university colleges continued to sail under the flag of a university. As a result, we switched to a ‘multicampus model’. Consequently, since the 2013-2014 academic year, a student at KU Leuven no longer necessarily studied in Leuven.

Whether you study Business Studies in Antwerp, Architecture in Brussels or Law in Leuven, as long as you follow an academic programme at an institution of the KU Leuven Association, you are officially a KU Leuven student. This has its consequences when important decisions are made at the top of the university.

The old representation model had seen its best days. They had to look for a new structure to give students a full voice on every campus. It was decided to split LOKO into a campus council and a university-wide student council. Student Council KU Leuven (Stura) was born. Since then, Stura represents all KU Leuven students, regardless of whether they study in Leuven or elsewhere and whether they are Flemish or international students.

On 27 September 2013, our very first substantive General Assembly was organised. As there were still some positions open in our new student council at the time, this was directly the first major elective GA.

On this day, the first president, vice-president and general administrator were elected. Alongside this, the Pecuniary Control Committee (PCC) was also completed. This committee examines whether Stura’s budget is properly implemented and checks the financial operations.

Furthermore, some files were already discussed at this first GA: adjustments to the electoral regulations, a proposal for the GA’s meeting rhythm, proposals for improving campus operations and the organisation of Stura’s first educational congress were discussed.

On 16 November 2013, Stura organised its first education congress. With an accessible and low-threshold congress, Stura aimed to put relevant and pressing education topics on the agenda for students, professors and policymakers. The first theme chosen was flexibilisation, a topic that the four candidate rectors from the previous year very often mentioned and on which they had (sometimes divergent) opinions.

As a ludic protest against the underfunding of universities, the Stura team built a wooden auditorium in the courtyard of Pope’s College on 1 April 2014. Former Rector Torfs was present at this ”pop-up auditorium” the following day to engage in conversation with about 50 students: he too felt that universities were receiving too few operating grants from the Flemish government.

More info on this topic can be found in this VRT-article (NL).

  • The GA took action on the new financing decree
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  • The Student Consultation Forum (STOF) was launched: these are smaller-group meetings where cases are tested or explored in depth before they come to a GA meeting
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  • The first Student Aperitifs (STAP) were organised

  • For the first time, a note around ‘sharing learning materials’ came to the General Assembly, a dossier that Stura is working on again today

  • Former FEB dean Sels came to present the student-entrepreneur statute at the GA


ChairAndries Verslyppe
Vice-chairNathalie De Beukelaer
General AdministratorVeronique Beyls
Campus CoordinatorAnneleen De Geest (sem 2)
Board Executive BiomedClaudia Löwik
Board Executive HUMCharlotte De Wilde

Board Executive SET

Lieven Verswyvel
Education CouncilMarijke Vanderschot
Pieter van den Berghe
Jeroen Grouwels
Thomas Doms
Floriane Hemalsteens (sem 1)
Anneke Veldman (sem 2)
DiversityMichiel Peeters
Brecht Vanackere
InternationalKoen Demaegd
Andreas Frans
SLOBart Tuts
ICTSJoris Gevaert
CommunicationAndreas Waets
Gust Verbruggen (sem 1)
External affairsAnneke Veldman (sem 1)

The first meetings of this year took place during ‘s Meiers 5-midweek. At the time, this was the traditional opening of the representation year together with LOKO. the midweek took place this year at the Youth Centre ‘Malou’ in Balen. Besides the meetings, there were also several formation sessions and leisure activities, including a cantus.

In Leuven, as well as in Ghent, Brussels and Hasselt, students marched through the streets with torches on 5 November 2014 to show that they remained concerned about cuts in higher education. In Leuven, this march was organised in collaboration with LOKO, under the slogan ‘no students out in the cold!’.

Stura and LOKO argued that the planned social funding cuts were making higher education unaffordable for many (future) students. They argued that, moreover, this was done at the expense of the vulnerable scholarship student.

The organisations feared that alma meals, rents, study support, affordable bicycles as well as student initiatives such as the 24-hour run, representation work and orientation activities would suffer.

In Leuven, the torchlight parade started at Ladeuzeplein with around 300 students, after which a few speeches were also given and the atmosphere was more than present.

Fun fact: a year and a half later, the cuts the students were protesting against here were reversed by former Education Minister Hilde Crevits. 

On 28 February 2015, Stura organised its second education congress, this time around ‘(re)orientation towards, in and from higher education’. The congress consisted of a panel discussion, several topical and discourse sessions and concluded with a debate. Several internal and external speakers attended the congress, including  former Rector Rik Torfs.

During Stura’s second year of operation, it was 10 years since the Flemish Parliament approved the participation decree, formalising student representation by decree. Accompanied by the head of student policy and the president of the Student Council of the VUB, Stura and the faculty representatives busily discussed the then current student participation and its future. All this with a nice appetiser in hand.

  • The ‘reclassification academic year’ file has already been discussed several times at the GAs of this operating year

  • Student council KU Leuven considered leaving VVS because of, among other things, a lack of transparent communication towards the local student councils. Stura’s GA eventually decided to remain affiliated with VVS after all and to engage in an open dialogue

  • The KU Leuven Student Council’s proposal for the reform of teacher education became the blueprint for a renewed teacher education at KU Leuven, showing that students can make a difference, even proactively


ChairJoris Gevaert
General AdministratorTine Exelmans
Campus CoordinatorStef Maelstaf
Board Executive BiomedNathalie De Beukelaer
Board Executive HUMElly Suys
Board Executive SETAndreas Waets
Education CouncilJasper Daniëls
Ewoud De Sadeleer
Pieter Jan Heymans
Kristien Borremans
DiversityMartha Verfaillie
Maxim Hellyn
SustainabilityThomas Doms
InternationalKristoffel Bauweraerts
Jonas De Broyer
Nathan Reinders
SLOPieter Jan Heymans
Jens Warrie
ICTSPieter Van den Berghe
CommunicationKevin Seurs
Florian Smeyers
External affairsAxel Vanmeulder

Since the beginning of Stura, weekly meetings were held in Auditorium Lacroix, an old auditorium with few comforts, no internet and poor temperature control. Nevertheless, the auditorium had a certain charm and the hemisphere lent itself perfectly to discussions where everyone could see each other. However, the auditorium was demolished this year. To say goodbye to the auditorium, a real alumni event was organised for all representatives in the form of a cantus.

There was a need for a new meeting place, and MTC was an inviting choice because of the technical facilities available. Other advantages that could not be ignored were that it was close to ‘s Meiers (and De Werf) and you could always walk outside without calling the central dispatch. The internet did sometimes cause distractions and it got quite cold in winter, but of course perfect does not exist. To this day, Stura’s General Meetings still go on at the MTC.

To get the recruitment campaign off to a good start, Stura organised a faculty bar tour at the end of March 2016. They did not do this alone, they were joined in this by then-rector Rik Torfs, who visited Recup, HdR, Fakbar Letteren and Politika Kaffee with the student representatives. Around midnight, the rector went home and the tour continued to Doc’s bar, the Sportzak and ‘t Elixir.

Saturday, 27 February 2016, Stura organised its third annual education congress. Within the theme of ‘educational innovation in higher education’, forms of work and evaluation as well as financing innovation were put on the table.

Filip Dochy ( pedagogue and researcher) gave a presentation on efficient teaching, after which the president of Stura entered into a dialogue with him on the practical feasibility of innovative methods in higher education. Peter Lievens (then dean of Science) brought up the topic of permanent evaluation, after which Mario Gielen (UGent), Martijn Roelen (Educational Policy Department KU Leuven) and Veerle Hulpiau (KU Leuven) presented working methods such as peer assessment, the function of workplace learning and the station test.

This section was followed by two debates. The first debate juxtaposed proponents of oral examinations with advocates of written testing. The second debate discussed the financing of innovations in higher education with Pedro De Bruyckere (pedagogue), Rik Torfs (then rector of KU Leuven), Kathleen Helsen (then Flemish MP CD&V) and Elisabeth Meuleman (then Flemish MP Groen).

On 6 May 2016, after just under a year of meetings at the MTC, the first GA with livestream was organised. This way, all campuses could finally participate without making the far trip to Leuven. Some PPW representatives even followed the GA from a conference in Portugal. However, remarks still had to be given via the representatives who were physically present.

  • In September 2015, Stura’s new chair already resigned due to personal reasons. Vice-chairman Joris Gevaert replaced them and was himself eventually elected as the new chairman on 16 October 2015.


  • On 13 November 2015, Stura teamed up with Ingenia Gent for a GA on the move. This GA was such a success that student representatives from other campus cities were also present, including from Bruges and Kortrijk.


  • Since Stura’s inception, various forms of team building had already taken place. At the end of November 2015, however, the first real GB weekend took place, a tradition that is still a fixture in our operation today. In 2015, Stura headed to the Ardennes, where time was also made for study, in addition to a visit to Maredsous Abbey and the local Christmas market.


  • Ahead of the 2016-2017 rectorial election, a GB meeting took place on 7 December 2015 that lasted for a whopping seven hours. This is an unsurpassed duration for a General Board until today.


  • LOKO, Veto and Stura organised a ‘LOKO vs Stura vs Veto’ cantus to forge ties between the ‘s-Meiers 5 residents. Later in the year, a football match was also organised in which LOKO and Stura teamed up against Veto and won 22-2.


  • Stura left VVS together with Student Council UAntwerp in May 2016, mainly due to tensions between university student councils and college student councils. “A university file should be decided by a university student, not college students. They may participate in discussions but they should not participate in decisions,” the then president of Stura KU Leuven said in this regard.


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    • The 600 years KU Leuven dossier comes to the table for the first time
    • Gender-inclusive (then neutral) measures and facilities were discussed for the first time at the GA


ChairMarie Vanwingh
Vice-chairPieter Van den Berghe
General AdministratorFlorian Smeyers
Campus CoordinatorJoris Gevaert
Board Executive HUMDiede Michiels
Board Executive SETEnyo Vanmontfort
Education CouncilElise De Sadeleer
Emma Moormann
Jasper Daniëls
Kevin Seurs
Sam Geysens
DiversityMargot Van den Broeck
SustainabilityTom Merlevede
InternationalRoeland Van Roosbroeck
Sophie Tielemans
CultureAmber Florizoone
SLOPieter Jan Heymans
ICTSToon Deburchgrave
CommunicationSophie Vervynckt
External affairsAxel Vanmeulder
Institutional reviewJoris Gevaert
Nathalie De Beukelaer

A leitmotif throughout this academic year was Plan POC. The aim was to strengthen the COBRA process by strengthening the Programme Committee (POC) functioning. To this end, Stura received impulse funding that allowed all kinds of initiatives to be conceived. Plan POC consisted of three phases: thinking about the ideal POC, questioning how the POCs currently worked and drawing up and offering a training and support offer around POC working, including a training weekend, the forerunner of the current FO weekend.

As icing on the cake, there was the night of the POC:

During this grand awards show in the Museum Hall, student representatives could nominate programme directors, POCs and Open Educational Meetings for a chance to win all kinds of prizes for their efforts during this year. Drinks and sushi were generously provided and the prizes were awarded by a jury that included Rector Rik Torfs.

This was the first year for Stura in which rectorial elections were organised. Although the 2015-2016 team had already done a lot of work, the preparation was far from complete. The election process was long and turbulent, resulting in several complaints from the parties involved. Eventually, Stura decided to resign from the election committee and file a complaint against the committee chairman. Rector Luc Sels eventually narrowly got elected after the academic council ruled that there were so many complaints from both parties that they cancelled each other out, so to speak.

Although the exam survey is now a fixture, Stura organised its first exam survey in January 2017. It was then also distributed on paper in the various learning centres, which caused a lot of work: the questionnaires all had to be printed (50 questions) in thousands of copies. Reviewing and digitising them afterwards, so that the results could be merged with the digital survey conducted across all campuses, was also a hassle. The exam survey did however prove to be an immediate success: the results were presented at the education council and were still often referred to in policy.

Besides the bustle of the rectorial elections, this year KU Leuven also had to undergo an institution review, for which Stura also delegated mandataries. The campus coordinator largely took care of this, with further work being divided among a number of other mandataries. Stura came out of this review very positively and was called a great added value for the university.

  • In 2016, Stura organised an extra-elaborate edition of the Stuverwelkom: an annual tradition to get the representation year off to a good start with all faculty representatives. Among others, a meet and greet, many orientation sessions, the opening GA and an extensive buffet with cocktail bar graced this day


  • Agenda problems sometimes made organising a STOF in the evening difficult. As a solution to this, a new concept was introduced on 8 March 2016: the formation lunch. While enjoying snacks and drinks, it was possible to have busy discussions with the people from service learning. This was followed by another extensive meeting on a frequently recurring file: reclassification of the academic year.


  • 2015-2016 was also marked by some big steps in sustainability. Mandatary Tom Merlevede led the development of an open letter to stop KU Leuven’s investments in fossil fuels. Disposable cups and bottles at the GA would also become history from then on.


  • Many interesting files were (again) discussed at the GA this year: notes on transgressive behaviour, reform of teacher evaluations, reclassification of the academic year, maximum bill, quality of ECTS sheets, gender and doping control for exams were among the topics discussed.


Board Executive SETAxel Vanmeulder
Education CouncilToon Deburchgrave
Robin Panassié
Dennis Gelders
DiversityMargot Van den Broeck
SustainabilityGregg Smits
SLOJorn Hendrickx
Jolien Van Walleghem
Emma Moormann
The most distinctive action of Academic Year 2017-2018 was the ‘Did you miss May’ campaign, intended as a playful action against the academic year reform that was high on the agenda this year. With flyers, qr codes and actions at the Rectorate the campaign received a lot of attention and reached many students and staff. The goal of listening more to students on this issue was achieved and many changes the Rector’s office wanted to make were modified or dropped. Time was taken to discuss with all stakeholders.

There are several universities worldwide where some learning centres are open 24/7. A discussion had been going on for some time whether this would also make sense at KU Leuven. Stura took it to the test and kept Agora open for a full night on 18 December 2017. Brownies and chocolate milk were sold at small prices for the studying students. Proceeds from that night were donated to Fund Dieter for ‘De Warmste Week’. The night attracted quite a crowd, and students who left were soon interspersed with new ones.

In May 2018, some representatives of LOKO and Stura travelled to Nijmegen (NL) to exchange ideas and best practices on student representation with the University Student Council of RU Nijmegen and the Allgemeine Studierendenauschuss of the University of Cologne (DE). One topic that was very present was how co-governance for stureps was organised at the three universities. There was so much to discuss that there appeared to be too little time to do everything on the programme.

Due to fewer candidates and some mandate holders resigning early on, Stura worked with a smaller team this year. In doing so, they could count on a lot of support and interaction from the FCBs. Due to a lack of Board of Director (BoD) positions, these tasks were divided among a few mandate holders (Board Executive SET, two Education Council mandate holders and an SLO mandate holder). The chairman of the GA changed a few times during the year.

More info on this can be found through this Veto article (NL).


  • The most high-profile notes of this academic year covered, among other things, the policy plans of the new rectoral team, reclassification of the academic year, content of educational master’s, intercultural competences, class recordings and short mobility periods


ChairRobbe Van Hoof
Vice-chairSander Vanmaercke
Campus CoordinatorIlse Paepe
Board Executive BiomedLotte Delemarre
Board Executive HUMDennis Gelders
Board Executive SETThibaut Deneus
Education CouncilLisa Van Eyken
Tuur Decaluwe
Marie Huyskens
Hannes Dewaele
DiversityMarnik De Bont
SustainabilityReine Spiessens
Julie Gaillard
InternationalStijn Carpentier
Astrid Maerevoet
SLOAudrie Gaillard
Jorn Hendrickx (sem 1)
ICTSMathieu Seutin

Stura started this year with a team with little previous Stura experience. For example, the entire BoD was made up of people who were in the FCBs last year. To strengthen operations and make good use of the experience of the Academic Council (AC) mandataries, a new body was created between the BoD and the General Board: the Daily Board, in which the BoD and AR mandataries joined forces.

On 4 and 5 April, 17 student representatives from six UNA partners were invited to a conference in Leuven. Some workshops were organised to give a picture of how participation works at each university. The partners were also introduced to the city of Leuven and the different FCBs.

What is UNA Europa? We explain it to you in this and this video.

At the request of the various FCBs, an extra training day for Student representatives was organised in the second semester. This allowed them to go deeper into certain matters with the experienced Stureps, but also allowed the new Stureps to be more prepared for the next academic year.

International students, both those on exchange and those completing a full programme at KU Leuven, were less involved in representation than Dutch-speaking students. Specific difficulties they faced throughout their time at the university were previously partially underexposed. That is why this year, in cooperation with International Office, the campus councils and Pangaea, Stura set up a sounding board for internationals: the Assembly for International Students (AFIS). To this day, Stura continues to organise this several times a year in Brussels and in Leuven.

This academic year, the last preparations were carried outto fully roll out educational masters from the next academic year. After positive TNOs (tests of new courses), everything became very concrete. Stura was above all the voice that ensured a smooth flow to the new EduMas. This year it also immediately became clear that a thorough annual evaluation of the new system would be a necessity.
  • This year’s General Assembly discussed, among other things, the follow-up to the rectoral team’s policy plans, the learning line on sustainability, study cost control, distribution of learning and examination materials, the KU Leuven app and calibration tests


ChairLotte Delemarre
Vice-chairRobin Kelchtermans
General AdministratorMaarten Claes
Board Executive HUMDennis Gelders
Board Executive SETKlaas Collin
Education CouncilLisa Van Eyken
Loïc Vanderput
Toon Robberecht
DiversityRianne Brinksma
SustainabilityDaan Smets
InternationalAlexander Clark
Thor Deyaert

Typical for this academic year was the coronavirus, which at its peak shut down large parts of social life and the university from March 2020. Just before the lockdown, there was a final memorable GA where only one representative per FCB was allowed to attend for safety. Online conferencing became the new standard and later brought the permanent option of hybrid conferencing, which is here to stay in Stura’s future.

In preparation for a new edition of the Night of the Programme Committee (POC), Plan POC was also revived. This had two major facets: a series of events aimed at educating POC members and a communication plan to raise POC’s profile. On 5 November 2019, there was a ‘kick-off’ event in the form of a training evening with a subsequent reception. Plan POC and the associated event Night of the POC were discontinued in March 2020 because of COVID-19. The anticipated awards were still presented in the new digital format adopted by the university.

During this academic year, Stura, LOKO and Veto temporarily moved to Minderbroedersstraat 10 (Rega X), while student centre ‘s-Meiers was completely renovated.

More than three years after Stura quit the Flemish Association of Students (VVS), the General Assembly decided to rejoin. The GA followed the reasoning that Stura could exert greater influence on Flemish policy with the help of the decree-based VVS. In addition, the association had implemented reforms that nullified previous objections to being part of VVS. You can find more about the rejoining of VVS in this Veto article (NL).
  • The most high-profile notes of this academic year covered, among other things, calibration tests, re-examination policy, KU Leuven learning lab, the milestone file, the impact of corona on higher education and the task force on mental wellbeing


ChairKlaas Collin
Vice-chairDennis Gelders
Campus CoordinatorCharlotte Devriese
Board Executive BiomedKristof Gielis
Board Executive HUMToon Robberecht
Education CouncilAnke Maes
Pepijn Nollet
Diversity | SustainabilityKarim Rega
InternationalAlexander Clark
Helena Baeyens
UNA EuropaAlexander Clark
This academic year, rectorial elections were scheduled for the second time in Stura history. On 1 April 2021, it was announced that toxicologist Jan Tytgat would run against incumbent rector Luc Sels. Stura was instrumental in organising the student vote. A comprehensive overview of the 2020-2021 rectorial elections can be found on this page.

To better engage and represent the various campuses, additional efforts were made to build better campus collaboration. The first steps towards a campus consultation model were taken: a space where all campus representatives could share ideas, concerns and stories. Due to Corona, the move to an online space was evident and allowed campuses across Belgium to easily participate.

From 27 October 2020, the president of the Student Council was given a permanent seat in the Executive Board (GeBu), representing students up to the highest level at the university. You can read all about it in this Veto article (NL).

Through much effort and perseverance, Stura finally managed to make the culture card available to all students on all campuses in 2021-2022. Previously, the culture card was only available to KU Leuven students in Leuven.


ChairPepijn Nollet
Board Executive BiomedBen Cools
Board Executive HUMToon Robberecht
Board Executive SETMarieke Laenen
Education CouncilTom Konings
Ruben Kindt
Giel Ketelslegers
DiversityClaire Van de Vorst
SustainabilityLiesa Vosch
InternationalChristiana Galani
Robin Kokot
Liliia Samchuk
UNA EuropaChristiana Galani
CultureDennis Gelders
Student Services (Stuvo)Marieke Laenen
EMNore Verbelen
ICTSRuben Kindt
Institutional reviewToon Robberecht

For years, it had been a big Stura dream to transform the old, ruinous barn in the garden of ‘s-Meiersstraat 5 into a new separate building: the ‘koetshuis’. In 2021-2022, the time had finally come and we moved from Minderbroedersstraat 10 back to our familiar home.

Several years before, a working group (WG) reform had existed to critically review the operation of Stura and make adjustments where necessary. Many things within the functioning of Stura had been a habit for years, but were not yet fixed on paper. This operating year, that changed: several key points in the operation were formalised and finally enshrined in the HR. These included the distribution of votes in the GA, the Daily Board and the election procedure for mandate holders. A big step forward in terms of transparency and a lot more obvious for future Stura members.

Not only were the Internal Regulations formalised this operating year, but the campus consultations were also further embedded within the operation. Modelled on the STUVO (Student services) Council, here all campus councils could discuss topics related to student facilities. In addition, it could serve as an advisory body to the General Assembly. More information can be found in this Veto article (NL).
On the initiative of NFK (the FCB of the Higher Institute of Philosophy), which brought a note on this, the General Assembly took a stand for free menstrual products in KU Leuven buildings. Read the full position and this Veto article (NL) for the rationale behind this.
Stura participated for the first time in 2022 in green impact: a competition programme that supports sustainable change in organisations. In doing so, Stura became the first ecoteam which consisted only of students and, under the leadership of then sustainability officer Liesa Vosch, undertook 40 sustainability-related actions throughout the year, which earned us a silver award. The following academic year, we even earned a gold award!
During the Covid-19 pandemic, there were temporarily very profound changes in the entire higher education system, and so too at KU Leuven. Physical contact moments were necessarily exchanged for online alternatives for a year and a half. Class recordings were a frequently used tool during this period, especially during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Now that more or less everyone could return to campus, the student council has discussed lesson recordings again critically and objectively, weighing up all pros and cons at length. These discussions led the student council to advocate maximum use of lesson recordings whenever possible.

The full position taken by the General Assembly can be found in this position paper.


ChairToon Robberecht
Vice-chairHannelore Durt
General AdministratorVincent Hofmans
Campus CoordinatorMatthias D’helft
Board Executive HUMMarte Polspoel
Board Executive SETStijn Lapere
Education CouncilEline Gonnissen
Andreas Vandingenen
DiversityYune Paepe
Stijn Oosterlinck
SustainabilityLiesa Vosch
InternationalChristiana Galani
Robin Kokot
Niklas Angelov (sem 1)
UNA EuropaMarieke Laenen
Mascha Graupe
CultureDries Paesen
Student Services (Stuvo)Helène Vrielynck
Tom Konings
EMAurélie Van delm
ICTSRuben Kindt
Rune Vercauteren

This year, Stura invested in a major expansion of its lending service to ensure that events of FCBs, campus councils and student unions could be better supported.

The stock of glasses was amply replenished and everything from percolators to party tents to chip bowls was provided to ensure that a lack of equipment could no longer hamper the organisation of events. You can find the current offerings of the lending service here.

Every fortnight, Stura meets with its General Assembly, on Friday evenings from 6pm to 9pm. To diversify this experience a bit and make it extra cosy here and there, themed GAs were created.

For instance, we invited family and friends of GA members to the Family GA, we met in our finest attire with a glass of cava or kidibul in hand during the Gala GA, and we showed off our extra colourful side at the Pride GA.

By always combining the important and necessary with the playful and fun, the GAs became something to look forward to!

At the start of this operating year, the Campus Coordinator had resolved to revive the phenomenon of campus visits and visit every campus outside Leuven.

With Stura goodies in hand, NMBS ticket in his pocket and Google Maps behind him, he set off into the Flemish and Brussels educational landscape, in search of all KU Leuven’s famous campuses.

Often, the FCBs involved or members from the GB also joined him on campus visits. This created an even greater connection between the various representatives.

During the campus visits, all kinds of matters were discussed; about how the organisation was doing, what was going on on campus and of course what the needs were that Stura could address. Ideas were also exchanged with the academic administrators, campus chairs and campus deans.

Creating connectivity between the different campuses is the ultimate goal of campus visits. Therefore, the aim is for them to become a regular feature of the Stura operation every year.

On 2 March 2023, Stura organised a big event on sustainable education and campus life together with Green Office and LOKO. Vice-rector of sustainability Govers was also there to give a welcome speech. It was a success! There was a lot of input, which provided inspiration for a presentation at the Sustainable Education Network and the Sustainability Council, for Q&A videos with technical services and for several notes. Participants also reported feeling positive, inspired, enthusiastic, engaged, connected and fulfilled after the event.

After a multi-year break, we made time again this year to organise some activities for our alumni. Studying is a unique period in our lives, one that we like to look back on nostalgically. The time as a student representative in Stura’s GA is then even more special. We from Stura like to offer the chance to revisit it and bring old friends back together.

We kicked off the alumni event with a reception in ‘t Rectoraat, Stura’s polyvalent space in the renovated Koetshuis. It was a nice reunion between old sturep friends.

For the second activity of this working year, we warmed up our vocal chords once again for a good old Stura cantus in the Recup.