The results of last week’s Works Council elections, held at four UvA faculties, are in with De Amsterdamse Academie (DAA) securing its place as the largest party at the Faculty of Science (FNWI). The FNWI showed the lowest voting turnout at 26.5 percent while the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG) showed the largest at 51.2 percent.
Apart from the FMG and FNWI, elections were also held at the Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) and at the Faculty of Humanities (FGw). No elections were held at the Faculty for Dentistry (Acta), the Faculty of Law (FdR) and the service departments (GOR) because of a lack of sufficient candidates. The Faculty of Medicine (AMC) will hold its own election at a later time.
DAA was established in the aftermath of the Maagdenhuis occupation of 2015 and the UvA referendum of 2016, in which people could vote for a new governance model. The ‘blue model’ represented the status quo with the active participation of workers and students but no structural change. During the last Works Council election three years ago, the progressive and quasi ‘revolutionary’ movement UvARethink played a dominant role, with one of its members sitting as the president of the Central Works Council (COR). This year UvARethink chose not to participate.
For the first time this year there were no direct elections for the COR. Until now half of its sixteen members were directly elected, with the other half delegated from the decentralised councils. As of this year, all member of the COR are delegated by the seven faculty works councils and the works council of the service departments. As it is not yet known who will be delegated to the COR, it is not yet know who will be the new president of the COR. This will probably be known by the end of next month.