Faculty of Archaeology student participation

The Faculty of Archaeology has various councils and committees that advise and decide on all the issues involving the Faculty.

The education programme and its content is one of these matters. Consultations are held at various levels about how the programme can be evaluated and subsequently improved.
The Faculty feels that it is important that issues affecting students are also clarified at management level.

Many students are not currently aware that any ‘complaints’ they have about the education programme can actually be turned into improvements. For this purpose, the faculty has so-called participation bodies. These bodies have student representatives who contribute to education-related issues.

In order to know what is going on, students must provide these student representatives with information.
Below, we will briefly explain how students can make their comments and any complaints about the education programme known to these representatives

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee (hereinafter: OLC) consists of 3 staff members from the faculty and 3 archaeology students. The main tasks of the OLC are:

  • Advising on the Education and Examination Regulations (EER)
  • Annual assessment relating to actual compliance with the EER
  • Providing solicited or unsolicited advice about all matters relating to the programme (teaching, programming, study advice, support, subject content, exams, etc.)

If a student feels that one of the above points is not reflected in the education programme, it is important that he/she informs the student members of the OLC. They will then discuss these comments in the monthly meeting and take action where necessary.

The Programme Committee will always give feedback if students highlight a problem and clearly explain what action it will undertake. For more information about the evaluation system and quality assurance: http://archeologie.leidenuniv.nl/onderwijs/kwaliteitszorg/.

Read more about the Programme Committee, the current members and how to contact them.

Faculty Council

Besides the Programme Committee, students are also represented in the Faculty Council (hereinafter: FR). The FR operates in a different way than the OLC. First of all, besides having an advisory role to the Faculty, it also provides input in some decisions, including the budget. It is therefore not only involved in education but actually in anything concerning the Faculty.

The student members of the FR are often slightly less visible than the OLC members, but students can always contact them if they have any questions, comments or complaints. The student representatives in the FR can be contacted at Student.fr@arch.leidenuniv.nl

Members of the Faculty Council (2014-2015):

  • Dr A. (Alexander) Geurds (chair)

  • Ms Anne van Duijvenbode (PhD candidate)

  • Suzan van de Velde (student member)

  • Roos Vlaskamp (student member)


There is also a student representative in the faculty board, where all the decisions are finally taken: the assessor. The assessor is responsible for ensuring that the voice of the students is heard in the board meetings. He/she does this in consultation with various bodies, including the OLC and FR, as well as with assessors from the other faculties (LAssO), study association L.A.S. Terra and of course the students themselves.

If a student has any questions/complaints/comments about the programme or the faculty in general and does not receive a response from the OLC or the FR, the student can contact the assessor.
The assessor is also available for urgent issues: in contrast to the OLC and FR, which may only meet once a month, the assessor has weekly consultations and can therefore often take action faster.

Assessor for the academic year 2014-2015:

Carlo Manuels
assessor@arch.leidenuniv.nl Einsteinweg 2
Room 2.13
Open door: Friday, 12.00 p.m. - 2.00 p.m.

Surveys and Cohort evaluations

Besides students approaching the above people directly, the OLC and the assessor also seek information from students relating to the education programme. The surveys which most students will be aware of are an important tool in this respect. The OLC receives these surveys and evaluates them, after which it advises the lecturer concerned.

Furthermore, at the end of each term, cohort evaluations are organised during which student representatives consult all the students from a particular study year to evaluate the education from the last 2 blocks.
The results are used to plan the next academic year. The results from the surveys and consequent action points are also discussed during the cohort evaluations.

In order to get a good impression of the students’ opinion, it is important that the surveys are completed seriously and by all students. If this does not happen, a distorted picture of the general opinion is created and the results cannot be used. The same applies to attendance at the cohort evaluations.

Panel discussions

In order to strengthen the contact between OLC and the students, panel discussions are regularly organised. These discussions address a specific theme to which a specific target group may be invited.

By organising these discussions, problems can be resolved in the short term. They also serve to find out the opinions of students on subjects which are not discussed, or not discussed in detail, at other meetings.
These might include student facilities, the university library, extra-curricular options, mentorate/tutorship, the composition of the new education units, etc.

The first panel discussion took place with students from the minor Human Osteoarchaeology. The participants brainstormed about the structure of a new Master specialisation Human Bones Studies (what is now Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology).
The students’ opinion is then taken into account when planning the final programme.

Panel discussions are announced by e-mail and in the newsletter.
Participants in the panel discussions include student members from the OLC and the assessor and the study advisor.

Last Modified: 23-02-2015