Party program

From researchers to lecturers
Good researchers are not necessarily good teachers. UReka thinks that researchers who give classes also have to fulfill certain standards and maintain a certain quality in their lectures. We do see an opportunity in giving teachers the possibility to visit each other’s’ lectures and thus learn from each other. Also, involving students in the application process for new lecturers could help.
No evening lectures
A lot of study programmes have expanded since the UT decided to take the step towards internationalisation. UReka believes that evening lectures are not the solution to deal with the growth and the resulting shortage of classrooms or lecture halls.
Evening lectures will limit students’ possibilities to follow their hobbies, have a side job or to relax. In addition, this would increase both students’ and teachers’ workload which, in our opinion, would not benefit the quality. We think that the UT has to look for better solutions like more efficient use of lecture halls for self-study.
Fair housing options for everyone
With the growing number of students the demand for housing has increased as well. UReka is of the opinion that it is important that you can choose who you want to live with, thus believes that cooptation has to stay. However, there are only a few options for international houses and this has to change. UReka will therefore aim at involving more international students in the housing plan. In addition, UReka thinks that the additional charge for furnished rooms has to be lower and that there has to be more flexibility in the year contracts for these rooms.
Studying is more than just following lectures
The UT promotes itself as being entrepreneurial but studying means more than just following lectures. UReka believes that the university has to offer more room for personal development through activism, culture, entrepreneurship, sport or any other way.
It has become much harder to be involved in activism since the introduction of TEM. UReka emphasizes that activism is an important part of student life and is of the opinion that there should be more flexibility for activism.
Culture and sports
The campus is offering much more than just your studies. It is also important for students to develop in different fields like sport and culture next to receiving quality education. There has to be more room for these kind of activities but currently there aren’t always sufficient facilities for neither sports nor culture. For some associations it is also hard to find good trainers or teachers. UReka wants to get more involved with the culture and sports umbrella associations to get better insights and support the associations wherever we can.
REST-education (reflection and academic skills): programmes decide themselves
Every study programme has a different learning goal. However, there are many academic skills that overlap between study programmes. Examples of this could be writing academic papers, critical analysis of information and presentation skills. UReka holds the view that the programmes have to decide by themselves on how to include these academic skills in their curriculum. However, the programmes have to ensure the quality of their REST education.
Clear and accessible communication from the UT
Every student has to have access to clear communication about the UT, the programme and everything the UT has to offer. This means especially that all communication has to be offered in English as well. Students that are enrolled in a Dutch-taught programme have to have access to the information in Dutch. Some of the decisions taken in the top levels of the university are hard to understand and aren’t always communicated properly. UReka wants to put an emphasis on improving the communication towards the students.
Passed = passed
UReka strongly believes that you do not have to repeat a module component if you have passed this component. We think that keeping your grades for different components will give students more flexibility in their study programmes.
50% individual assessment in projects
Projects (in TEM) present a good bridge between theory and practice according to UReka. However, these projects are mainly assessed with group grades. The ideal situation where every group member puts in the same amount of work is unfortunately not always the case. Therefore UReka pledges for a minimum of 50% individual assessment in projects.
Creating a homebase
UReka is a great supporter of the homebase principle where every programme has located the programme staff, the research groups ánd the study association close to the lecture halls of the students. A homebase shortens the lines of communication between the programme and the student. Moreover, the student will have a place at our university where he feels at home. Therefore, UReka pleads for “programme lecture halls”, where study-years have lectures in turns, or  “study year lecture halls”.
Acknowledging activism
The UT is full of activism and entrepreneurship and we are very proud of that! However, for some students it is not always possible to show how valuable the activism is in which they have been involved. At the moment, there is only recognition for committees and boards that worked 40 weeks for at least 30 hours per week. UReka pledges for recognition of small and medium activism since we believe that this kind of activism is just as valuable as a full-time board year!
The quality of education should not get lost in translation.
A lecture given in English is not always the same as a lecture given in Dutch! Teachers don’t always speak English well enough to give lectures in the same quality as they would have in Dutch. UReka thinks that the University has to support their staff in the transition to English so that we can maintain the high standards in education.