Committees often post when they are recruiting new board members. Make sure to follow/like their facebook pages and keep an eye out on UCU Events if they have open positions! Usually you apply to a committee by sending a short letter of motivation to the committee email address, whereafter committees usually invite you for an interview round. This differs per committee however, so make sure to properly read their application poster!
2. What is the role of Peer Support and do they work together with the Student Life Officer?
UCU Peer Support is an initiative set up by the UCU Wellbeing Team in response to increasing demand by the student body for UCU to improve mental health and wellbeing on campus. UCU PS is, simply put, a ‘peer-to-peer’ initiative which will enable students to seek advice, support and referrals from individuals similar to them in terms of age, social and educational contexts. Additionally, it allows them to simply be able to talk about any issues or concerns that may be on their mind and speak to someone outside of their immediate friend group, unitmates or family thus receiving an outside perspective that still closely understands issues specific to UCU.
You can start a new committee by sending in a committee request form to the UCSA board. The form can be found on this website under ‘documents’, and consists of a few practical sections that you will have to elaborate on in a meeting with the UCSA. There is already a big amount of committees on campus that cover basically all academic fields, so be critical if a new committee is needed to organise the event(s) that you would like to see on campus. Instead, there is also a multitude of funds available that you can apply for to host an event, without having to start a committee. Feel free to submit a committee request however: for example the newest committee on campus is ‘ScreenCo’ , a movie committee that was founded in 2019
Olympos is the official sports facility from the UU. This means that UU/UCU students can get a year subscription for a reduced price (usually around 140 euros, this differs slightly each year). With this subscription you can make unlimited use of the tennis/squash courts, gym and you can attend all the fitness classes they offer for free. A full list of all the classes plus more information on the subscription can be found through this link: https://www.olympos.nl/en-us/home.aspx .
‘The usual’ is often referred to when students ask for a small favour, such as borrowing a sleeping bag. To return the favour back, students are often willing to give something small such as a chocolate bar, a big hug or a beer in the bar. All three are often used to thank someone, meaning these could be what ‘the usual’ refers to.
6. Is it possible to buy UCU merch and if so, where?
Yes you can! Fraternities and Sororities in town usually recruit new members during the UIT-week, the UU introduction week. There are many different associations in town that all serve different interests. For more information, go to https://utrechtstudentenstad.nl/nl/studeren/studentenverenigingen or check our ‘associations in town’ page!