Department Council Mathematics & Computer Science

Welcome to the website of the Department Council of the department of Mathematics and Computer Science! Elections are coming up, so don't forget to vote! The elections are done digitally and take place at December 4 and 5, 2018. For more information visit
Please note that the act of voting itself is very important. By casting your vote you show that you care about the future of our department, so please make sure that you pick a candidate and cast your vote!

The candidates — students — for 2019 are known! Vote for a candidate of your choice!

On this page, you'll find:

  1. • some background;
  2. • candidate student council members;
  3. • our priorities for 2018;
  4. • planned public meetings;
  5. • minutes of public meetings;
  6. • yearly reports;
  7. • current staff council members;
  8. • 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.

Eligible students for 2019 — Let me vote!

Each year it is possible for students to vote and be elected. For staff this is every two years. Because the staff members were elected last year, it is not possible to vote for the staff members this year. Curious who are in the council now? Check here.

1 R.S. (Ruward) Karper, Bachelor Data Science

Hi there! My name is Ruward Karper. I am 21 years old and I am a student of the Joint Bachelor Data Science with Tilburg University. Last year, I was the Education Officer of D.S.A. Pattern (the data science study association) and became a member of the department council for the first time. During this year, I have tried my best to not only represent my fellow Data Science students, but all students of the Mathematics & Computer Science department in the council. If I am re-elected for the department council, I will further increase this focus and become even more involved in the department than I already was. During high school I experienced the importance of student participation, since my school almost went bankrupt during my time there and the board and teachers were not open to any feedback, even though far too many things went wrong, which had a severe negative effect on the students. My aim is to never allow such a thing to happen again under my watch. If you vote for me, I will ensure that student participation will remain and further increase in the department of Mathematics & Computer Science together with my fellow student members of the council!
2 L.O.J. (Laura) Kuntze, Bachelor Applied Mathematics

All students have to deal with education: lectures, lecturers, lots of books and exams. I think it is important that students express their opinions about it, so that it can be approved. During my bachelor applied mathematics I've been in several group discussions about the courses that we were following and the obtained feedback was always helpful. Last two years I've been a member of the department council too and I would like to contribute the coming year again. I gained a lot of knowledge and experience from the discussed subjects and meetings we had the last two years. I would like to use that knowledge and experience the coming year again for the continuity of the department council. When students cooperate with employees they can improve the education and create a good atmosphere at our department. I would love to keep helping and to be a part of that.
3 N.J. (Nicky) van den Berg, Master Industrial & Applied Mathematics

I think it is very important students have influence in both educational and organizational issues. I apply for this function because I believe I can be a valuable addition to this council. As a member of the educational committee of Mathematics I have gained some experience with the way things work at our department. I do not only want to optimize the education, but I also want to help make sure other, more organizational issues are taken care off. Furthermore, I was part of the department council last year, and I think there are still lots of things I would like to take care of!
4 M.W.C. (Marcin) van de Ven, Bachelor Software Science

Hey you all! I’m Marcin van de Ven and I’ve been in the department council for almost 2,5 years now, from which the last year as the chairman. Since the department is growing fast I think that it is important to keep a close eye on the quality of education and research. For the department this growth should be used as an opportunity, and not be seen as a problem.
Students should get informed and have influence on the things that affects the way they work, for example working space. They should get more possibilities to help the department and know where to go when they face problems themselves. This will not only help the department growing, but also helps in the personal development of the students.
Growth should be seen as an opportunity, and not as a problem. With my experience I know where students can help the department how the department can help them.
5 K.T.W. (Koen) Teuwen, Bachelor Computer Science & Engineering

As a second-year bachelor student computer science, my main concern is the quality of education. Students should be able to excel in their further career after graduation and their study should successfully contribute to that. Secondly, students should be able to develop themselves in extracurricular activities. For example, in another study field, but also in study associations like GEWIS.
6 A.I.O. (Anne) Nijsten, Bachelor Applied Mathematics + Computer Science & Engineering

With my experience gained during the past few years by following the combined bachelor program and being an active member of study association GEWIS I want to represent the interests of students within the department council. I can deliver constructive feedback on the issues discussed in the council. Further, as a creative person, I have no problem to come up with alternative ideas to improve the department.

Vote for a candiate of your choice!

Our priorities for 2018

In 2018, we focus on the following topics (given in no particular order):

  1. • Strategic plans;
  2. • Govern the student growth and workload;
  3. • Improve communication within the department

In 2017, we focused on the following topics, again 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.

Data for the public meetings

To view the agenda and possible pieces for the meeting click on the data. The agenda and pieces will mostly be available a week in advance. In general the meeting will be held during the lunchbreak. Location will be published in the agenda.

  1. • Meeting 386 (15-02-2018)
  2. • Meeting 387 (27-02-2018)
  3. • Meeting 388 (27-03-2018)
  4. • Meeting 389 (24-04-2018)
  5. • Meeting 390 (22-05-2018)
  6. • Meeting 391 (26-06-2018)
  7. • Meeting 392 (25-09-2018)
  8. • Meeting 393 (23-10-2018)
  9. • Meeting 394 (18-12-2018)

Minutes of public meetings

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


  1. • Meeting 392 (2018-09-25), pending
  2. • Meeting 391 (2018-06-26)
  3. • Meeting 390 (2018-05-28)
  4. • Meeting 389 (2018-04-24)
  5. • Meeting 388 (2018-03-27)
  6. • Meeting 387 (2018-02-26)
  7. • Meeting 386 (2018-02-15)


  1. • Meeting 385 (2017-12-05)
  2. • Meeting 384 (2017-11-16)
  3. • Meeting 383 (2017-11-07)
  4. • Meeting 382 (2017-10-03)
  5. • Meeting 381 (2017-09-12)
  6. • Meeting 380 (2017-06-29)
  7. • Meeting 379 (2017-05-29)
  8. • Meeting 378 (2017-04-06)
  9. • 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 2017
  2. • Yearly report 2014
  3. • Yearly report 2010
  4. • Yearly report 2007
  5. • Yearly report 2004
  6. • Yearly report 2016
  7. • Yearly report 2012
  8. • Yearly report 2009
  9. • Yearly report 2006
  10. • Yearly report 2003
  11. • Yearly report 2015
  12. • Yearly report 2011
  13. • Yearly report 2008
  14. • Yearly report 2005
  15. • Yearly report 2002

Current council members (2018)

Staff members in the Department Council

Harold Weffers   Martijn Klabbers   Kees Huizing   Erik Bekkers   Rik Timmerman  

Student members in the Department Council

R.S. (Ruward) KarperBachelor Data Science   L.O.J. (Laura) KuntzeBachelor Applied Mathematics   B.W.T. (Bas) GielingBachelor Computer Science & Applied Mathematics   M.W.C. (Marcin) van de VenBachelor Software Science   N.J. (Nicky) van den BergMaster Industrial & Applied Mathematics