We welcome any suggestions or issues you may have, and we take these seriously. We will do everything to keep improving. If you have a complaint about a course, we will send these to the course coordinator. However, we do not mention your name or any other things that may lead back to you, so we send these complaints or issues anonymously. We do this to ensure you can say anything about a course, without having to worry about possible consequences.
The midterm evaluation is an opportunity for lecturers to get an evaluation of the course in the middle of the block. This is ment to evaluate if something needs to be changed or improved right away, to finish the depending block. Quest is responsible to upload those evaluations on the nestor page so students can fill it in.
The minutes of the YR meetings are passed along to the PCs, and serve as input for their discussions. Therefore, you would be saying and discussing the same thing twice in the meetings. It is also to ensure that there is a wide range of students who give their opinion about the courses and the programme.
Do I need to be a Year Representative (YR) or Programme Committee (PC) member in order to be a board member for Quest?
No, this is not required. However, it does give you the advantage of knowing how the YR and PC are organised, and what a Board Member is actually involved in. It makes it easier to get into your Board position, because you would already know quite some things about the YR or PC.
However, do not be discouraged to apply for the Quest board if you haven’t been a member of the YR or PC! We do have a transfer day to ensure you, you get all the information you need, and you can always contact the old board members with any questions you may have. Your motivation to become a Quest board member is the most important.
To obtain the Certificate, the student has to meet the following requirements:
- The student must be present at all the YR-meetings of the year
- Fill in the end of the year survey that you will receive from Quest
The Board considers the student to be present when:
a) the student is present in person at the scheduled meeting, or
b) the student informs the Board that he/she cannot be present at the scheduled meeting and hands in a written evaluation 24 hours before this scheduled meeting takes place. (This respective written evaluation must conform to the points on the agenda)
Yes, this is possible. However, we prefer to not have complete groups of friends as the YR or PC. This would make the group not diverse enough, and not all issues would be discussed. For example, if you and your friends are all in the same workgroup, we would not get feedback about the other workgroups a course may have. So therefore we make sure that the group is diverse enough to get the widest range of feedback possible.
During the block, you should make notes of any issues you face in your courses and/or programme. Also, you should ask your fellow students if they experience any issues, and note them down as well. This happens quite organically, as you often notice from your friends, or working group colleagues if there are problems within a course.
Furthermore, you will have to read through the agenda points prior to the meeting and write down some discussion points. This ensures that everyone has thought about the points that will be discussed. For the YR, this preparation should not take more than an hour. The meetings on itself do not last more than 2 hours each.
Yes! You are a representative of your fellow students. Therefore, you should find out what your fellow students think of the courses. So, it is not only about your own opinions, but also about the opinions and thoughts of all the students of the programme. Since you are representing your fellow students.
The same thing here applies as with the YR: yes, it is possible. However, we are trying to get a diverse group of students for both YR and PC and that will not always be the case with a group of friends, but do not let that hold you back to apply!
Programme committee members will have some training days during the year, to give information about what they can expect as a PC member. You will also get more information about how the Faculty works prior to the actual meetings.
At the end of the academic year, in May/June, Quest will send an email to all BSc Programme Committees to ask them to indicate the required number of student members and the names of existing student members whose membership will be continued.
At the beginning of each academic year, in August, Quest will send an email to all Program Committees of MSc programs (chair and secretary) with the question to indicate the required number of students in their Programme Committees.
We kindly ask all the Programme Committees to reply to this email, since earlier indicated preferences might get lost.
Around the first of October, Quest will inform the Faculty Board and all candidates, which members are selected. The secretariat of the Faculty Board will send appointment letters to the new student members and inform the Programme Committees about their new members.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you still have other questions or remarks!