Participation at the University of Twente for staff

Staff can help shape UT policy. Their influence is greater than, say, a company’s works council. UT staff can influence:


the course established by the Executive Board for the university as a whole via the University Council (UR) and for UT terms of employment via the labour unions (OPUT)


policy for their respective faculty, research institute or service via the decentralised councils.

University Council (UR)

The UR consists of nine elected staff representatives and nine elected student representatives. In many instances, the Executive Board requires the approval of the UR, for example, with regard to:


major reorganisations


establishment or termination of a programme course


research policy


personnel policy

In addition, the UR may offer both solicited and unsolicited recommendations. The Executive Board is obligated to respond to these recommendations. Elections are held every two years for the nine UR staff seats. All staff automatically receive a notice to vote electronically. Staff can put themselves up for election via a UR party’s list of candidates.

OPUT labour unions

Four labour unions participate in the OPUT, which meets with the Executive Board to discuss UT terms of employment and the social consequences of reorganisations.

P-NUT (PhD Network University of Twente)

As organisation serving the interests of all UT doctoral students, the PhD Network University of Twente (P-NUT) is member of PhD Network Netherlands (PNN) – the national organisation for doctoral students.

P-NUT aims to:


serve as a platform for communication between doctoral students, keep them informed of relevant issues and identify possible problems; P-NUT organises social events for this purpose


serve as a spokesperson for doctoral students with regard to UT-related issues

P-NUT represents doctoral students in discussions with the University Council and the labour unions (OPUT) about such issues as working conditions.

P-NUT contacts the University Council when decisions have to be taken regarding UT terms of employment.

P-NUT faculty representatives can respond to any questions you may have about your PhD.

For more information, please visit the P-NUT website (

Faculty Council (FR)

Each FR comprises staff and student representatives. Staff representatives are elected for two-year terms, student representatives for one-year terms.

The FR consults with the dean about faculty policy:


The dean cannot implement policy without FR approval.


The FR advises the dean about the use of financial resources for education and research.


The FR and dean must agree on the establishment or termination of chairs.

Institute Council

As a research institute includes the research activities of several faculties, the Institute Council includes staff representatives from the faculties involved.

The Institute Council advises the Scientific Director (WD) about:


the research programme and the strategic research orientations


the research institute’s budget

For more information about the UR, the UR representatives and the OPUT, as well as links to the websites of the faculties, institutes and councils, please visit: