Department Council Mathematics & Computer Science

Welcome to the website of the Department Council of the department of Mathematics and Computer Science!

On this page, you'll find:

  1. • some background;
  2. • our priorities for 2017;
  3. • minutes of public meetings;
  4. • yearly reports;
  5. • current staff council members;
  6. • current student council members.

Do you have a question, remark, or anything else you'd like to share with us? Send us an email!

Some background

Universities are organized in departments. Every department is centered around one, or a few, research field(s). Our department, Mathematics & Computer Science, is led by the Department Board, that is ultimately responsible for managing the department. This includes finances, strategic decisions, practical affairs such as managing office spaces and much more. You can imagine that the board collects input from many people in the department, and that some decisions are very hard to make. Many people specialize in specific tasks, such as finances, and report to the board, who then (dis)approve their proposals.

As a means of testing the decisions of the Department Board, we have a Department Council. It consists of 5 staff members (terms of 2 years) and 5 students (terms of 1 year). These members are elected by students and staff of the department: you'll be able to vote for and take part in the elections every year!

The job of the Department Council is to advise the Department Board and check the more influential decisions they make. For example, when a new dean is to be installed, the Department Council interviews various department members to see if there would be support for this new dean. The Department Council can also advise the board on the curriculum of educations, lack of office space and other issues. Some decisions can even only be taken when the Department Council approves them. This is regulated by law.

Starting from 2018

The Department Council has monthly meetings, that are public. There are still working groups, they will report during the public meetings. Whenever necessary (for approval, advice, or providing information), board members can join the monthly meetings. We hope to streamline the way the council works this way.

Upto and including 2017

The Department Council has monthly meetings, that are private. During these meetings, ongoing issues are discussed and news is shared. Issues can be as big as managing growth and as small as corrections to last meeting's minutes.

The council forms working groups at the start of each year, that look into specific themes. Examples are finances, managing growth and EER (Education and Examination Regulations, or OER in Dutch).

Next to these private meetings, 5 or 6 plenary sessions with the Department Board are planned every year. These meetings are public, and during these meetings the council can formally approve the board's meetings, discuss big issues and be informed about issues that are to be decided upon. Generally the plenary meetings are longer, taking around 2 hours.

All members of the Department Council are easily approachable, the student members are generally also active members of GEWIS. Do you run into any issues regarding our department, then please feel free to discuss them with any staff or student council member.

Our priorities for 2017

In 2017, we focus on the following topics (given in no particular order):

  1. • the commencement of employment of the new dean and vice dean;
  2. • the continued student growth within our department and its effect on education, housing, et cetera;
  3. • the new Data Science education;
  4. • a revision of internal regulations;
  5. • continued efforts of improving our communcation with the department.

Minutes of public meetings

You can read about the Department Council organization in the background section.


  1. • Meeting 382 (2017-11-16, planned)
  2. • Meeting 381 (2017-09-12, pending)
  3. • Meeting 380 (2017-06-29)
  4. • Meeting 379 (2017-05-29)
  5. • Meeting 378 (2017-04-06)
  6. • Meeting 377 (2017-02-09)


  1. • Meeting 376 (2016-12-08)
  2. • Meeting 375 (2016-11-10)
  3. • Meeting 374 (2016-10-14)
  4. • Meeting 373 (2016-09-01)
  5. • Meeting 372 (2016-06-02)
  6. • Meeting 371 (2016-02-18)


  1. • Meeting 370 (2015-11-19)
  2. • Meeting 369 (2015-09-24)
  3. • Meeting 368 (2015-06-11)
  4. • Meeting 367 (2015-02-12)

Note that minutes of a meeting have to be approved during the next meeting. Therefore, minutes of the most recent meeting are pending until the next meeting has taken place and we have had a chance to formally approve of the minutes.

We list the planned date of next meetings for completeness. These meetings are public. We appreciate it when public lets us know in advance that they intend on attending the meeting, so that we can reserve enough space. You can contact the current council chair to do so.

Yearly reports

Every calendar year, the Department Council publishes a report detailing what happened during that year. This covers elections, meetings, topics that were discussed and more. Recent reports (in Dutch) can be found here. We aim to publish yearly reports in January of the next year.

  1. • Yearly report 2016
  2. • Yearly report 2012
  3. • Yearly report 2009
  4. • Yearly report 2006
  5. • Yearly report 2003
  6. • Yearly report 2015
  7. • Yearly report 2011
  8. • Yearly report 2008
  9. • Yearly report 2005
  10. • Yearly report 2002
  11. • Yearly report 2014
  12. • Yearly report 2010
  13. • Yearly report 2007
  14. • Yearly report 2004

Current council members (2017)

Staff members in the Department Council

Kees Huizing   Andrea Fustervice chairman   Fiona Sloothaak   Thom Castermanssecretary   Harold Weffers  

Student members in the Department Council

R.L. (Rik) SchepensMaster Industrial & Applied Mathematicschairman   E.E. (Emma) van de VreugdeBachelor Software Sciencemember until 08-2017   L.O.J. (Laura) KuntzeBachelor Applied Mathematicsvice secretary  
L. (Leroy) VisserBachelor   P.J.C.M. (Patricia) VossenBachelor Applied Mathematics   M.W.C. (Marcin) van de VenBachelor Software Sciencereplaced Emma starting 08-2017