Faculty and University


Programme Committee

The task of the Programme Committee is to give advice on all education-related matters in the relevant discipline. A Programme Committee can issue its advice to the Programme Director, Programme Board, Faculty Board (usually through the Programme Director) or to individual lecturers. The Programme Committee also handles the course evaluations. One-half of the members of the Programme Committee are students and the other half are staff. Members of the staff fraction are appointed by the Faculty Board on the recommendation of the Programme Director. Members of the student fraction can apply and are selected on an interview basis, normally within the month of September. 

For the Bachelor and Master of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, there is one Programme Committee.

If you need any additional information on the Programme Committee for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, such as its members or how to contact them on any issues regarding a certain programme you can look here

You can reach them via this email address: pcchemistry@rug.nl 

Programme Triangle (BSc. Meeting)

Triangle meetings are meetings in which the Educational Affairs of the board is invited as a student representative. They are held fortnightly. At these meetings the deputy programme directors (Wesley Browne and Ranjita Bose), academic advisors, programme coordinator and the programme secretary of the Bachelors Chemistry and Chemical Engineering are present. Besides the educational affairs of De Chemische Binding, two other student representatives are also present. Namely a board member from the study association G.T.D Bernoulli and the programme board student. During these meetings, subjects are discussed that are of importance to the entire Bachelor degree programmes. Points of significance from a student's perspective are brought up by the Educational Affairs, so if there are any pressing issues relevant to the BSc programme (course specific, scheduling etc.) please contact the Educational Affairs and they will pass it on in these meetings. 

Programme Quadrangle (MSc. Meeting)

The quadrangle meetings have the same principle as the triangle meetings, however deal with the MSc Chemistry programme. They are attended by the Educational affairs, academic advisor, deputy programme director (Wesley Browne), programme coordinator and the programme secretary. Points of significance from a student's perspective are brought up by the Educational Affairs, so if there are any pressing issues relevant to the MSc Chemistry programme (course specific, scheduling etc.) please contact the Educational Affairs and they will pass it on to these meetings.

Programme Directors 

Every programme has a Deputy Programme Director, Master and Bachelor programmes can have different directors, who are responsible for the curriculum of the programme in question. The deputy programme director for BSc and MSc Chemistry is Wesley Browne, the deputy programme director for BSc Chemical Engineering is Ranjita Bose and the deputy programme director for MSc Chemical Engineering is Peter Deuss. For more information on who these people are and how to contact them look here

Contact the board of De CB if you think you have something which could be relevant for the programme directors. 

Programme Coordinator

The Programme Coordinator is responsible for the content of the programme along with the scheduling. They make sure that the programme is running smoothly. They support the programme in a more general sense. 

Academic Advisor

The academic advisors are here to support the students. They help and support students in a multitude of ways, whether this be with planning issues, advice on courses or motivational and emotional support. If you have any issues with courses or professors you can also contact the academic advisors for help with this. To get in contact with them either email or book an appointment! Officially Geartsje Zondervan is the academic advisor for chemistry and Laura Comprido is the academic advisor for chemical engineering.

Contact Geartsje Zondervan via g.j.zondervan@rug.nl or book an appointment here.

Contact Laura Comprido via l.nunes.dos.santos.comprido@rug.nl or book an appointment here


The secretary of the programme has a large overarching role within the programme. They are present in all of the Programme committee meetings as well as all of the triangle and quadrangle meetings to take minutes. They are also responsible for scheduling in all of these meetings. When trying to get in contact with the programme, this is who you should contact! 

Contact the secretary via m.bueving@rug.nl 

Programme Board

The Programme Board is responsible for the content, quality assurance and organization of a cluster of degree programmes. This includes responsibilities like taking care of the TER (OER), staffing, proposing members for the Admissions Boards, Board of Examiners and Advisory Boards and advising the Education Management Team (EMT) and Faculty Board on things like policies.

Although these responsibilities are assigned to the entire Programme Board, in practice the associated tasks will, for the most part, be carried out by the individual board members.

The Programme Board consists of the following functions:

  • Chair, this person will chair the Programme Board and be a part of the EMT.

  • Programme Directors, each oversee one or more of the programmes within the cluster.

  • Educational Directors, each oversee one of the Research Institutes within the cluster. A person can be a Programme Director as well as an Educational Director.

  • Student member, this person will represent the students of the programmes within the cluster.

For the Chemistry cluster, the following programmes are involved: Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and BSc Life, Science & Technology.

You can contact the student member via student.pb.chemistry@rug.nl 

Board of Examiners

The Board of Examiners is responsible for ensuring the quality of assessment procedures, ensuring that examinations and final assessments proceed satisfactorily and judging whether individual students have fulfilled the requirements for the award of the degree certificate. The Board of Examiners is formed by three staff members and is appointed by the Faculty Board.

You can send in a request to the Board of Examiners to, for example,:

  • Change your study programme;

  • Be able to make a non-scheduled examination;

  • Make use of special facilities in case of performance disability, a handicap or illness.

To see more information on the Board of Examiners and/or to file a request, click here. You should always contact the Academic Advisor before sending in a request. The Board of Examiners can be contacted via this email: boardofexaminers.chem@rug.nl.

Faculty Council

The Faculty Council is there to check whether the Faculty Board executes their tasks well. The Faculty Council consists of 18 members; nine staff members who are elected biannually and nine student members who are elected annually. The Faculty Board needs the Faculty Council's consent on some topics, like the regulations of the faculty and the Teaching and Examination Regulations (TER, OER in Dutch). Faculty Council members also have the right to advise the Faculty Board on any issues that arise in the faculty. The Faculty Board meets with the Faculty Council once every six weeks to discuss any relevant issues. You can find any additional information here.

You can reach the faculty council at the following email address: facultycouncil.fse@rug.nl.

School of Science and Engineering

As of 1 September 2020, the Education Support Centre, the Undergraduate School of Science and Engineering, and the part of the Graduate School of Science and Engineering that is concerned with the Master’s degree programmes are merged into one institute, called the School of Science and Engineering (SSE). The SSE is responsible for organizing and running the 38 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes of the faculty.

If you find any information about the USSE or the GSSE, please know that this is outdated.

The board of the School of Science and Engineering is known as the Education Management Team or EMT. If you have questions for this body, please contact the board of De Chemische Binding, we will help you in getting an answer.


The Bètastuf is the overarching organization for all the student representatives in the Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE). The Board of the Bètastuf is a five-headed board which consists of a chair, vice-chair, secretary, treasurer and a commissioner of external affairs. You can contact the board via board@bètastuf.nl. On their website, they offer more information about student representation within the FSE.

Faculty Board Student Assessor

The student assessor has a full-time role as part of the faculty board. The assessor joins in on all faculty board meetings and is the portfolio holder of Student Affairs. The student assessor takes part in all discussions regarding faculty strategy and where applicable, contributes in developing and writing policy. The student assessor is the main contact person for the students, particularly those in representative functions such as the faculty council and the study association boards. They convey any worries the students have to the board. You can contact the assessor via this email address: assessor.fse@rug.nl

Faculty Board

The Faculty Board is responsible for the faculty as a whole. The board consists of three official members and two supporting members, one of whom is the student assessor. This student rotates yearly and has an advisory role within the board. The other members of the board are installed for a longer period of time. The board consists of the following people, aside from the aforementioned student assessor: 

  • Professor Joost Frenken - Dean/Head of Research

  • Professor Rob G.E. Timmermans - Vice-dean/Head of Education

  • Dr. E.M. Klop -  Managing Director

  • Dr. J.P, Timmerman - Secretary (supporting member)

If you have something you would like to communicate to the faculty board, it is best to contact a student organisation like us to take it up for you. You can send an email to board@chemische-binding.nl. More information can be found here



The university has much more going on than just a collection of programmes and research institutes. Here we’ve collected a short description of the important institutes within the university. For more information, you can always click the respective links.

Board of the University (College van Bestuur)

The board of the university is responsible for the university as a whole. This board consists of three people and a student assessor, as a supporting member. Like the student assessor of the faculty, the student assessor of the Board of the University is responsible for student affairs and is generally the point of contact for students and student organizations.

  • Professor J. de Vries, President

  • Drs. J.A.W.M. Biemans, member of the Board

  • Professor J.M.A. Scherpen, Rector Magnificus

  • Student Assessor, which is selected every year

More information can be found here

University Council

The University Council is a controlling organ for the University Board. They have to approve on some issues before the university can move forward and on other issues, they have the right to give advice. The University Council consists of 24 people, 12 of which are students and 12 of which are staff.

The student representatives are divided into multiple parties. The main ones (in alphabetical order) are Lijst Calimero, De Vrije Student (The Independent Student) Doughnut Party and SOG (Student Organisation Groningen). Previously, DAG also used to be a part of this, but they have been on hold since 2020. For more information on these individual parties, you can follow the respective links. For more information on the university council as a whole, click here

Every year, university council elections are held in May where you can vote for the party that fits you best. Want to get involved? The parties are always looking for more members!

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