Boards, committees, and co-participation

In the Faculty of Humanities, students are represented in the following boards and committees: the departmental teaching committee, the department administration ór the institute administration and board, the faculty council and the faculty board. In all these consultation bodies, the student representatives protect the general interests of the students in Humanities.

At this point the member composition of the boards and committees has not yet been established. If you have questions about the organisation of these consultation bodies, please contact the Coordinator of Studies.


Departmental boards

Each bachelor’s and each (research) master’s programme has a Departmental Board. The Departmental Board is responsible for the relevant teaching programme, i.e. for designing and implementing the teaching programme. The Board comprises a member of the academic staff as departmental chairman (bachelor’s) or programme coordinator (master’s), generally a professor, and a student from the department in question.

The Departmental Boards for bachelor’s programmes are responsible to the vice-dean, the portfolio-manager for teaching within the Faculty Board. The tasks carried out by the Boards of the master’s programmes fall ultimately within the responsibility of the dean of the Graduate School. This dean is also the dean of the Faculty, and chairman of the Faculty Board.

Departmental Teaching Committee

The faculties have developed a quality assessment system for the purpose of safeguarding the quality of the teaching programmes. The main body involved in this system is the Departmental Teaching Committee (OC). Each department has its own OC. You are always free to contact the Departmental Teaching Committee with teaching-related questions or complaints. You can also play a role yourself by becoming a member of the OC. As a student member of the OC, you can exercise influence on all possible aspects of teaching within your department.  

The Departmental Teaching Committee is statutorily responsible for the following tasks:

  • advising on the department’s teaching and examination regulation (OER)
  • the annual assessment of the method of implementation of the OER
  • providing advice – either upon request or on its own initiative – to the Departmental Board and the Faculty Board, regarding all aspects of the departmental teaching activities  

The Departmental Teaching Committee comprises students and lecturers from the department in a 50/50 ratio. With regard to the student representation, any student enrolled in the department can be elected annually for membership of the OC. Students who are enrolled in a particular department elect the student member of the OC from their midst; the appointment of the lecturer members of these committees is effected by the Departmental Boards.   

The OC carries out regular evaluations in order to assess the teaching carried out within its department. The methodology of these evaluations is set out in a faculty evaluation protocol. The OC annually assesses a number of courses from each study year, and also carries out programme evaluations for each of those study years.  Each evaluation is followed by a written report, on the basis of which the OC advises the Departmental Teaching Committee on actions to be taken.

Check on the website of your department which students are your representatives in the OC. They are the persons to talk to when you have questions, complaints or suggestions related to the study programme in the broadest sense of the word.

Board of Examiners

Each department has a Board of Examiners, the members of which are appointed by the Faculty Board. You can find the composition of the Board of Examiners of your department on the departmental website. The Board of Examiners is responsible for the effective organisation of the tests and examinations. The Board of Examiners is also responsible for testing (individual courses) and examinations (first-year (propedeuse), bachelor’s and master’s examinations); in the larger departments, in particular, the Board itself does not carry out these activities, but designates the teaching staff as examiners. According to the statutory regulations, only lecturers are eligible for membership of a Board of Examiners. If you have any questions or problems, you can approach the Departmental Teaching Committee, or the student member of the Faculty Board.

Graduate School and their Institutes

The six institutes within the Faculty of Humanities form the Graduate School of Humanities. The Graduate School has four tasks. One of these is taking responsibility for the (research) master’s programmes. Combining this responsibility with the other three tasks ensures that a close link is maintained between the teaching in these departments and research. All members of the scientific staff are employed by one of the institutes of the Graduate School.  Also, the Graduate School is responsible for the research carried out by these staff members. Finally, the Graduate School provides the staff required to implement the master’s and bachelor’s programmes.  

There are seven institutes within the Graduate School of the Faculty of Humanities.


In some departments, the lecturers are employed by a single institute, while in other cases, several institutes are involved in a bachelor’s or master’s programme. In any case, there is always close cooperation with the relevant Departmental Board.

Faculty Board

The Faculty Board comprises a dean (responsible for the master’s programmes), a vice-dean (responsible for the bachelor’s programmes and teaching in general), a portfolio-manager (or director) for operational management and a student member (also known as ‘assessor’). 

The Board is responsible for the general operational management of the faculty in the field of teaching, research and organisation/operational management. The assessor, a student member, represents the interests of the students within the faculty.  

The student member can be found in room 132 of the Lipsius Building, telephone 071-527 2299 or 527 2318 (faculty office). E-mail: assessor@hum.leidenuniv.nl

The Faculty Board is supported by the faculty office, which is responsible for preparing and implementing faculty policies. The secretariat of the faculty office is located on the third floor of the Lipsius Building, room 303, telephone  071 527 2318.  

Teaching and Student Affairs provides support for students and teaching staff. TSA combines several services: The Student Information Desk, facilities such as Careers Service and the Study Abroad coordinator, all student advisors, and the teaching administration. Contact TSA.

Faculty council

The Faculty Council has approval and advisory rights on a range of faculty matters, including teaching. It operates as the representative of the students and of the scientific and administrative staff with regard to significant decisions. The Faculty Council comprises nine staff members and nine student members, from different parties. More information about the Faculty Council and the issues which are discussed within this body can be found at: hum.leidenuniv.nl/organisatie/faculteitsraad (Dutch).

Advisory Committee on Teaching

The permanent Advisory Committee on Teaching (Dutch) advises the Faculty Board and the Faculty Council on all matters related to teaching (across departments).  This independent committee comprises six staff members (at least one study advisor) and five student members.

Advisory Council on Scientific Practice

In addition to the Advisory Committee on Teaching mentioned above, there is also a committee that is responsible for advising the Faculty Board on research policy. One of the persons on this committee (Dutch) should be a PhD candidate; there is no student member.

Last Modified: 26-05-2014