Lianne Schmidt, Master’s student in International Development Studies, has been appointed as student assessor at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), effective 1 September 2015. The Executive Board appointed Schmidt after she was nominated by a selection committee comprising the Central Student Council (CSR), the Executive Board and the Supervisory Board. The appointment is for a period of one year, the 2015-2016 academic year.
In her capacity as student assessor, Schmidt will take part in deliberations on centrally executed policy at the UvA, with a focus on teaching and student-related matters. She will hereby attend meetings of the Executive Board and advise the Board accordingly, as well as place points for discussion on the administrative agenda. Schmidt will liaise closely with students inside and outside of the representative advisory bodies, acting as a connecting link between management and the student community.
The selection committee praises Lianne Schmidt for her extensive experience in the process of participation in decision-making: ‘Both her CV and the interviews we had with her clearly illustrated her passion to contribute to the further improvement of teaching and learning and to involve others in this process as much as possible. Lianne is someone who is immensely proactive and is willing to engage in dialogue with each and every one. The selection committee is confident that she will execute her duties to the utmost.’
Schmidt: ‘As a member of the board of studies at the local level, I have in recent years channelled my efforts towards improving the quality of teaching and learning. During this time I was also exposed to policy at a central level, which is partly why, in my capacity as student assessor, I would like to bring the Executive Board and the student community closer together and reinforce the link to the representative advisory bodies. I will endeavour to put the issues at play within the academic community high on the Executive Board agenda. I will also make sure that all the relevant parties are consulted in the decision-making process at an early stage. As the link between the Executive Board and the students, my goal will be to bolster participation in decision-making and to contribute to the quality of and communication about UvA policy.'
In addition to her studies within the Research Master’s in International Development Studies, Schmidt has also been working as a research assistant since 2015. In 2014 she obtained – cum laude and ‘with honours’ – her Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. Schmidt has extensive administrative experience and experience with participation in decision-making. At the UvA she was a member and vice-chair of the board of studies for the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences programme, and has been a member of the board of studies of the International Development Studies programme since September 2014. From April 2014 to March 2015 she had a seat on the governing board of the Student Amsterdam Model United Nations (SAMUN). At her secondary school, the CSG Willem de Zwijger in Schoonhoven, Schmidt was chair of the student council and a member of the representative advisory board.