The faction

Our faction

The 2020-2021 SOG faction working with the University council to protect your interests and improve student life in Groningen

Their objectives and portfolios

Christopher de Bruijn - Chairman

In recent years, it has become harder for students to combine their studies with an active student life. Fewer students are becoming active, while experiencing more pressure to quickly finish their studies. This year, I want to combat this issue by ensuring that flexibility and academic freedom are achieved. Additionally, it is more important than ever to make sure that students’ voices are heard, and that the university sees us students as a top priority in its decision making. Finally, I want to ensure that the university creates concrete implementation plans about important topics such as sustainability, internationalization, and education. This way, their vision, approach, and the benefits for students should become crystal clear.

christopher@studentenorganisatie.nl

Portfolios

  • Municipality
  • Media Contact
  • Campaign Week
  • PR
  • Presidium (Vice-Chairs of the University Council)
  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Committees
    • Research & Education
    • Governance
    • Finance
  • UCO (University Committee for Education)
  • Hanze University of Applied Sciences
  • ISO (Interstedelijk Studenten Overleg)

Lotte Karsten - Vice-Chairman

I think it is very important to have the opportunity to lead an active student life. I want to achieve a better balance between general studying AND the freedom to develop ourselves alongside our studies. Why? Many students experience stress due to the overload of obligations and study assignments that discourages them from participating in committees, board years and/or becoming an active member of a student or study association. This is why I fight for the interests of the active student. Throughout my CUOS board year (organ of the UG), I understand how our university works, I have built up good contacts inside, and I know how we can improve the UG considerably, effectively, and harmoniously together.

lotte@studentenorganisatie.nl

Portfolios

  • CUOS
  • Office Business
  • Campaign Week
  • PR
  • Student Associations
  • USVA
  • Faculties
    • Theology and Religious Studies
    • Campus Fryslân
  • Committees
    • Research & Education
    • Governance
  • Steering Group Nestor
  • ISO (Interstedelijk Studenten Overleg)

Hannah Jelkmann - International Representative

Upcoming year I will make sure that a conscious effort made will be made for the inclusion of both international and dutch students into the lively community of the University. Furthermore, I will strive for the continuous improvement of facilities at the University to help incoming students settle down and obtain the guidance they need and require. The University of Groningen is a place in which everyone should feel welcome and heard. As the international representative of the SOG, I will make it my duty to hear and represent every student's needs, to help and continue the growth of our community. I will do my utmost best to guarantee a more stress free life as a student as well as an overall harmonious community. Let’s make it better, together.

hannah@studentenorganisatie.nl

Portfolios

  • Campaign Week
  • ESN
  • GISP
  • SIB
  • SSH Housing
  • Faculties
    • University College Groningen
    • Behavioural and Social Sciences
  • Committees
    • Research & Education
    • Finance
  • Digitalization
  • PhDs

Femke de Ruiter - Faction member

Schooling traditionally paved the way for individuals to achieve respective career-oriented goals. Educationary means, however, should not be perceived as solely instrumental. The academic framework provides guidance in an ever-changing world, whilst administering a platform to spread innovative ideas. Through integrating socially relevant themes, such as sustainability, in study programs, the university must aim to overcome the gap between static academic theories and realistic concerns. As a faction member for the SOG, I want to achieve more freedom for all students. Mobilizing talent to move beyond ad hoc solutions requires space for the student to prioritize, combine and intertwine within the of context academic possibilities.

femke@studentenorganisatie.nl

Portfolios

  • ACLO
  • GSB
  • Green Office
  • Faculties
    • Arts
    • Economics and Business
    • Spatial Sciences
  • Committees
    • Governance
  • Student voor Stad
  • U4 University Network
  • Career Services

Jordy Ossendrijver - Faction member

We all decided to study in Groningen for a reason. For me, it was for the city of Groningen and it's prolific student life. I chose to run for the university council to preserve that. Nobody should be burdened by study load to become active within an association or to do a board year. I believe that the UG could do more to help active students. The past time has shown how online education can be of help in courses. With a good use of online tools provided by the studies, students can reach their academic freedom. I will commit myself to reach this year in the faction of the SOG.

jordy@studentenorganisatie.nl

Portfolios

  • KEI
  • University Library (UB)
  • PR
  • Faculties
    • UMCG
    • Law
  • Committees
    • Finance
  • Quality Agreements
  • Center for Information Technology
  • Career Services
  • ISO (Interstedelijk Studenten Overleg)