Without VeSte, there would not be ...
It is crucial that digital facilities are always operational and that a protocol is swiftly implementable in case of digital malfunctions, especially for when students cannot access their learning materials during self-study and examination periods. VeSte has initiated the creation of such a protocol in collaboration with the Education and Student Affairs (ESA) department, to ensure solutions for students when digital failures occur.
Investments in sustainability can be quite a big part of a budget of a student organisation. Therefore, VeSte proposed setting up the Sustainability Fund, a fund that should make investing in sustainability easier and more accessible for student organisations related to WUR. Student organisations can apply for this fund and receive financial support for investing in more sustainable options. Next to giving an opportunity to these organisation to become more sustainable, VeSte also strives create more awareness among the members of the association with this fund.
Library opening hours
On initiative of VeSte, the library opening hours during the weekends between the self-study and exam week were extended. The library now opens one hour earlier and closes one hour later. Seeing how busy it already is during these hours, this was a welcome change.
VeSte initiated the idea to promote more sustainable traveling for students by train and bus instead of flying. The university sometimes offers reimbursement for travel costs when these are necessary for your study. This is, for example, stipulated in the Vaccination and Travel Funding Regulations. This year, VeSte arranged within these regulations that students can receive a refund of 100% of the costs when they travel in a sustainable way, opposite to a refund of 75% when choosing to take an airplane.
The Career Centre was initiated by two VeSte members in the academic year 2014-2015, to help students with career orientation and to support students who are looking for a job. Nowadays, the Student Career Services are realised and running well.
WUR Goes Abroad
In 2017, the website VeSte Goes Abroad was launched. This platform allows students to use an interactive global map in which information about the city, university and general local lifestyle options are provided. This is based on the experiences of students and aims to support and improve the decision-making process for students to go abroad. Nowadays, the website is taken over and maintained by WUR and is called 'WUR Goes Abroad'.
Reviewing digital exams
In the past, it was sometimes impossible to review a digital examination days after the exam; students had to check their exam right after completing it. Moreover, only a supervisor and not a teacher would be present to answer questions. According to the Education and Examination Regulations it was allowed for teachers to work in this way. VeSte therefore initiated to change the regulations and make it possible for students to review their digital exam after the grade is put into the Student Information System. This change was accepted by the university and can be found back in the Education and Examination Regulations 2019-2020.
When a student has functional limitations and therefore needs for example more time for an exam, a student needs to request this at every single course, can be quite laborious. Therefore, VeSte created an initiative where the requirements due to functional limitations are digitalised on the new DLO ('Digitale LeerOmgeving'), which will be implemented in 2021.
Mandatory answer model
To prevent that different teachers grade students in a different way, VeSte initiated to make it mandatory for courses with written exams to have an answer model for the exam available. These answer models are also asked to made available at exam checking moments for students. The initiative is taken up by the Student Charter committee of the Student Council and is still under discussion with different stakeholders.
VeSte was co-involved in the appearance of microwaves on the ground floor on Forum. Now there is more opportunity to warm up your own meal!
VeSte initiated to have more structured course guides, so that students can easily find what they have to know for their course. Because of the implementation of the new Student Information System (SIS), the university is looking into the course guides. VeSte members gave input on what the course guide should look like and aims to standardize course guides between all courses.