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What is the Student Council

The Amsterdam University College Student Council (AUCSC) is the representative body for the students of AUC. We are the bridge between the student body and AUC’s Management Team, the faculty, the VU, UvA and other external parties such as DUWO, and hence are the facilitating body for bringing about change at AUC. This year we have been continuously involved in raising student voices in the construction of the new governance model for AUC.

We are concerned with student representation in all matters pertaining to academics, curriculum, student health and well-being. We have numerous Focus Groups created to tackle specific academic matters and the Tenants Association which deals with all matters pertaining to DUWO and residence at the dorms. In addition, the Student Life Officer (Vinika Porwal), the peer support team and the Resident Assistants all form the health and well-being team for you during your time at AUC. If you wish to approach any of them, their contact details are provided at the bottom of this page. We are also responsible for recommending and approving the changes made to the Academic Standard and Procedures manual and the Student handbook (accessible below).

Lastly, we are here as facilitators for any change(s) that you wish to see at AUC – academic or otherwise. If you have an idea for a new course, or wish to include more critical perspectives in your tracks here, or have suggestions to address any structural problems at AUC, or anything else – get in touch with us by sending an email to or by contacting us in person, and we will get back to you at the earliest and try to work together to see what we can achieve together and make AUC (and beyond) a better place.

What do we want to do

The 2015-2016 Student Council aspires to build on the remarkable work already carried out by the previous boards, as well as focusing on the points you, the student body, find important.

A few of the things we hope to work on this year are:


Making the Right to Education a reality at AUC: We recognize that AUC continues to be an exclusive institution and can be inaccessible to multiple groups because of a range of reasons. In an attempt to make the right to education a reality here at AUC, we are currently working on opening up AUC for refugees. ‘illegal’ immigrants, socio-economically underprivileged students. We have multiple working groups which include many AUC students in them that are tackling different topics to make this happen. If this is something that you would like to be involved in, send us an email and we would love to have you on-board!


Having a student-run canteen at AUC: This has been a long-running demand among the students at AUC. Currently, we are working in collaboration with students, management at AUC and UvA facilities to enable a student-run canteen to exist and thrive at AUC.


Masters’ Database: We are working on creating an extensive Masters’ database which can provide students with information on the choice of courses to make it to their desired Masters/ PhD programme(s), variety of programmes that are available to them after AUC, guidance from AUC alumni studying at various reputable institutions around the world.


Establishing and running Focus Groups that are more connected to the student body in order to give everyone a chance to participate in changing the academic and extra-curricular matters. If you would like to get involved, send an email to and we will get back to you with more information.


Reaching out to the community around AUC: This year, we are also trying to reach out the neighbourhood and community in Amsterdam around our study environment. We hope to collaborate with various bodies, organizations and movements around Amsterdam Oost to be better connected and less isolated from the neighbourhoods we live in. Again, if you have ideas concerning this, drop us an email and we would be very happy to hear from you.


Student-Teacher cooperation: For a majority of academic matters at AUC, students and teachers often have similar concerns. This year, we have been trying to better connect with the faculty at AUC and work in cooperation with them to strive for common goals. We will be organizing teacher-student meetings where we can discuss specific topics and draft proposals that can then be taken up by the management.


For a more extensive policy plan, feel free to pop us an email or drop by to our office.


We hope to achieve our goals through our Townhall meetings (where any student can come and bring up questions, concerns, suggestions etc. so we can raise them at higher levels), office hours (every Thursday lunch break at our office at AUC), and cooperating with the faculty and management. We also wish to extend support to the range of student initiatives and make them imbedded within AUC’s very structure. We wish to be as transparent and inclusive in our work as possible, so you should not hesitate to contact us personally or otherwise if you have any ideas or questions.

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*% of students in each major, as of 2015
Important Documents
The Council

Sofija Stefanovic

Sofija is a second-year Science student taking courses mainly from the Physics, Chemistry and Maths tracks. Although she believes AUC’s Student Council is already quite well-rooted in the student body, she wants to encourage more student participation and highlight the importance of effective agency of the student body as a co-chair of this year’s council. She sees participation in tackling relevant issues as not only an educational enrichment, but also a good attitude to nurture for any form of community and political action beyond and after AUC. Her tasks as the co-chair include, among other things, coordinating the council’s meetings, setting general goals and fulfilling various representative tasks. Some other specific projects Sofija is involved in include AUC’s Rights 2 Education and working on assessing and improving Course Evaluations (AUC’s main feedback mechanism). Apart from this she is supervising the Science Focus group and always willing to chat about improving AUC’s academic experience.


Ellen Ackroyd

Ellen is a second-year Social Science student, focusing on Human Rights but also Culture and Media. Within the Student Council she will be co-chair and working with students on the Academic Core and Community Project/Internship focus group. She will also be representing the Right2Education initiative and working with them to ensure the sustainability of the project. She will also be actively seeking to engage the student body and facilitate communication and transparency between students and teachers so as to ensure an enriching academic experience for all members of the AUC community. She also hopes to help any student wishing to start something new at AUC and is to take part in this creative process.


Sarah Stapel

Sarah is a second-year Social Sciences major, with a focus on Law and International Relations. Taking on the role of secretary, she will be in charge of documenting the progress as well as working on communication. She will also work as the Treasurer, to handle expenses, and be part of the Tenants Association, to enable good relations between DUWO and AUC. One of Sarah’s main goals within the Student Council is to establish a more active relationship between the council and the community at AUC, to fully grasp the potential for positive change that AUCSC has to offer.

Internal Communications

Rayan Vugdalic

From September 2016 onwards, he will be a second-year Social Science major. He mainly focuses on Law, but is also highly interested in Political Science as well as International Relations. He is glad he will get to represent the student body, and is notably excited to give life to the ideas and values he studies in class – such as notions of democracy and justice to mention only these. Moreover, he is particularly excited about being in charge of the Internal Communication role, and will do his best to better the visibility the students council has in AUC, not only with students, but with management and faculty as well. He is willing to diversify the means to reach such a goal, and is determined to find what works best with the AUC community.

External Communications

Fatiya Munkaila

Fatiya is a third-year Humanities major with a focus on Literature and Culture.
As External Communications Manager, she will be responsible for maintaining as well as improving the student body's/AUC's relationships with UvA, VU, other UC's, and other external parties. The coming year, she hopes to increase the network that AUC students can benefit from during and after their time at AUC. She looks forward to working with this year's team!

Contact Us

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Co-Chair Sofija Stefanovic
Co-Chair Ellen Ackroyd
Secretary Sarah Stapel
Internal Communications Rayan Vugdalic
External Communications Fatiya Munkaila