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Answers to the flash surveys on the student committee elections 2022

Are you interested in learning more about the possibilities in committees? Can you imagine helping to shape your studies within the framework of committees or getting involved in committees?

In February 2022, a flash survey was conducted on the subject of "Student Committee Elections". There were many interesting answers - thank you very much for that! Now we want to go into more detail about the results and thus clear up misunderstandings and questions.

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And if you have any further questions, don't be afraid to contact us (contact details on the left) :)

We can understand that this looks like this at first glance, but: The committee work can help you to build up a network within the university, you get a better overview and quickly get into exchange with other students. And it doesn't just bring you something within the university – because through committee work you gain a lot of experience and learn a lot. We are sure that it will be a support for your further career and also outside the university. Give it a try!

... And here is a quoted answer from a student on the subject:

"I'm already active. To conduct the discussions on an equal footing, to respect the lecturers, to achieve the best for the students, to build a network within the university."

Yes - one might think - but especially in the committees there is a chance that the voices of the students will be heard, accepted and respected on an equal footing. But this is only possible if you raise your voice and become part of a committee and participate! In the study commissions, the Central Study Commission (ZSK) and the Study Quality Commissions (SQK), at least half of the voting members are students.

... and here is a quoted answer from a student: "It has never been my thing to "commission" others to solve a problem. I have a voice myself that I want to use to bring about change."

And now - PARTICIPATE - soon there will be elections!

Your priority is somewhere else? Okay, kind of understandable. But for your studies, a committee is not incidental! Because you want a course of study that satisfies you in a wide variety of areas. And for that you have to get involved. Many privileges were only achieved through the commitment of the students. By not participating, such can hardly be initiated and implemented!

Time - a big topic and the best reason not to do something. But it's not as time-consuming as you always think! Of course you should participate in upcoming meetings, but these are not weekly, but usually about every 2 months - some committees even take place only 1 - 2 times a year. The committee dates can be found here.

The actual time window of the meetings is two to four hours in the committee time window on Wednesdays from 2-6 pm. Thus, you can also be sure that none of your modules has to suffer from the perception of a committee appointment.

One week before the meeting, you will receive the invitation with the consultation documents. During this time, there is once again effort for reading the documents and further preparations for the meeting, which can be freely divided.

Not so much compared to the added value that you generate for yourself and your studies at the University of Vechta :)

In the committees, it is decided which professor will be used in a (perhaps even your) field of study, how the examination regulations are designed, i.e. how you have to write your exams, what the admission and admission regulations look like, what the state and study quality funds are spent on, etc. Without the committees and without the participation in them, many large as well as small things would not be possible. And without the students in the Gremine, some topics might not have been set in motion at all.

You mean it's still about "little shit"? Then take part in a committee now and bring the "big shit" into the conversation! ;)

FAQ Committee Administration

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Universities organize themselves and their members. This is also called "academic self-administration". For this reason, important decisions on research, teaching and study are made in the committees. For example, the university structure and development planning are discussed, personnel development (e.g. appointments to professorships) and matters relating to examination law are decided.

At the University of Vechta there are the central bodies University Council, Senate, various Senate Commission and permanent commissions such as the ZSK, the SQK and the KfG. In addition, there are faculty councils, study commissions and study commissions at faculty level.

Various regulations and other resolutions have to go through the so-called committee path. This means that the various bodies take decisions and make recommendations to the next higher body in a certain order.

The committees consist of a different number of members. In almost every body, however, representatives of all status groups are elected. These status groups are:

  • University teachers
  • Scientific, artistic staff and teachers for special tasks ("mittelbau")
  • Students (incl. enrolled doctoral candidates, unless scientific/artistic MA, LfbA)
  • Employees in technology and administration (MTV Group)

In most committees, the university teachers' group has the majority of seats, with students having at least half of the seats in the ZSK, the SQK and the study commissions.

Universities organize themselves and their members. This is also called "academic self-administration". For this reason, important decisions on research, teaching and study are made in the committees. For example, the university structure and development planning are discussed, personnel development (e.g. appointments to professorships) and matters relating to examination law are decided.

The members of the committees are elected every 2 years. In the case of the status group of students, the election takes place annually. As soon as the election announcement takes place, you can be nominated for one or more committees and be elected accordingly.

For the status group of students, the term of office is 1 year. For all other status groups 2 years.

A weekly effort cannot be clearly stated, as it is different for the different committees. In addition, the effort focuses on the time around the committee meetings, which take place differently often. Committee dates can be found here. One week before the meeting, the documents will be sent by e-mail to the members of the committee. These must be prepared accordingly for the meeting. The actual time window of the meetings is two to 4 hours in the committee time window on Wednesdays from 2-6 pm. Depending on the length of the documents per meeting, there is still a lot of effort for reading the documents one week before the meeting. The reading of the documents can be freely divided.

When participating in committees, you can contribute your own ideas and ideas to the university.

Participation in committees is a legally recognized reason for a study delay if they are official committees of the training institution whose members must be elected (§ 15 (3) sentence 3 BAföG). With regular participation in the committee meetings, there is a committee certificate, which can be submitted as proof of achievement to the BAföG office and in the curriculum vitae.

Previous experience is not necessary.

The participation of student members in committees is very important, as this is the only way to take sufficient account of the students' perspective! For this reason, it is necessary that sufficiently committed persons stand for election every year and participate in one or more committees.