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For ALL Students!
Vote Bèta
15th & 16th May

For ALL Students!

Learn more about how Lijst Bèta envisions your education!


Lijst Bèta strives for effective and inspiring education, so that you can become a well-rounded Delft engineer. Furthermore, the university should provide excellent (educational) facilities for your needs as a student.

Growth & Well-being

It is our vision that education should  guide students towards independent and  critical thinking while also supporting their well-being and personal development during their time as a student.

& Social Safety

Since TU Delft offers world-class education, its community is very diverse. Thus, more attention should be given to the integration of all students. The TU Delft should insure a standard of social safety on it’s ground.

Campus & Curricula

Climate change might be the biggest challenge of this era. Today’s students can make a difference for tomorrow! That is why we call for more attention and transparency  towards sustainability in education, campus, and finance.

  1. healthy study climate
  2. Sustainability in courses and on campus
  3. Engineers who act conscientiously towards society
  4. A university where everyone feels safewelcome 
  5. The experience of a physical campus, especially in the era of digitalisation
  6. Educational innovation as the foundation of top-notch education
  7. Cultural integration as a two-way street
  8. More and better study places
  9. Flexibility to study on your terms
  10. TU Delft to lead on sustainability

Meet the candidates of Lijst Bèta!

What we've achieved...

“CSC*” means that we’re working on a project with the entire Central Student Council!

Click on the little arrows to read more about what Lijst Bèta has achieved!

Practice is essential when learning something new. Courses are no exception, so to be well prepared for your exams, you should be able to practice enough. Thanks to Bèta, lecturers have to provide practice exams (with answers!) for all courses.

Through you journey as a student you deserve to get professional help. At the TU Delft, student psycologists are provided to the student in order to give them the appropriate help if needed. Currently, you have to wait for months to use this service. One of the main reasons, that waiting lines are long, are the number of student psychologists available. Thanks to Bèta, 3 more student psychologists to increase the number to 12 in total. We are also working on increasing the number even more!

When coming to Delft to study, wanting to learn Dutch is a logical step for many students. But the study load is high during the semester and courses in the summer are expensive. Lijst Bèta and the language center have worked together to offer a free summer Dutch course with the same depth as the semester course, for free! Lijst Bèta also made sure that the courses during the semester are also free for ALL students!

For many students, LaTeX reports and group projects go hand-in-hand. Overleaf is a great tool for collaborating on reports, but the free accounts don’t always give you everything you need. Lijst Bèta made sure all students at TU Delft can now use Overleaf Premium! Click here to set up your account now!

Thanks to the input Lijst Bèta received from many students, we saw the opportunity to add extra study places in Pulse. Together with the Facility Management at Pulse, we looked at utilizing the available space more efficiently. Three years ago, 60 extra places were realized!

When you graduate, you should be able to find solutions for relevant societal problems, like sustainability. But unfortunately not all programs give much attention to this important matter. This is why Lijst Bèta has worked together with GreenTU to start up GreenTeams at each faculty which focus on making the education and faculty more sustainable. The students themselves are the closest to their own curriculum and know best where possibilities lie to make a meaningful impact at TU Delft and eventually in society. Currently, all faculties have their own GreenTeam!

Motivated lecturers should get the opportunity to see their innovative ideas realized. Therefore, thanks to Lijst Bèta, a total of €50.000 in grants are available to promote these educational initiatives. This year, Sjoerd van Dommelen, Timon Idema and Mauricio Aniche were awarded these grants.

When you give feedback on a course, it shouldn’t disappear into void as soon as you hit “submit”. Thanks to Bèta, you can now view old course evaluations on Brightspace. But we didn’t stop there. Lijst Bèta also secured funding to overhaul the entire course evaluation system.

Doing your minor abroad is a well-known option, but previously, you could only pick courses related to your field of study. Lijst Bèta thought this was a missed opportunity and arranged that students at various faculties are now able  to do a minor abroad in a subject they find interesting, regardless of their own field of study.

Diversity and inclusion remains an important but underfunded issue within the university. Thanks to Lijst Bèta a Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Grant open for all students has been created to give students and organizations the ability to apply for funds to support grass-root initiatives that intend to improve the overall state of diversity and inclusion within the university in whatever way possible.

As sustainability impacts all choices that we make as engineers, we can’t be taught about it in just one course in the bachelor; it needs to be an integral part of our education, woven through the curriculum like a green thread. That’s why we worked together with GreenTU this year to set up a project where student assistants work together with professors to make their courses more sustainable by adding green examples or giving more focus to the environmental impact of certain techniques. The first pilot has already started at Civil Engineering this year!

Many students follow a mechanics courses at some point in their study, and those courses are often quite difficult to pass. To make these courses more doable, we’ve set up a program called PRIMECH: PRogramme of Innovation in MECHanics education. This program will be combining the power of all the teachers in mechanics courses at the different faculties, in order to significantly improve the courses by using new education techniques such as blended learning and flipped classrooms.

As a society, we’ve grown a lot these past years. However, on some points there is still a lot of room for improvement. This is sadly also the case when it comes to our understanding of consent. At student parties, especially when there is a lot of alcohol involved, lines get blurred and personal boundaries are crossed or not respected. It is therefore important that everyone starts with the same baseline, and become conscious about how their actions can affect others. That is why Lijst Bèta has provided trainings on this right at the beginning of the Introduction Week, so everyone can feel safe and respected.

From 2021 onwards, FlexDelft had to choose a new pension fund. We have initiated a letter to the Executive Board in which we ask them to choose for a sustainable pension fund. Due to this letter and the conversations that followed, the new pension fund implemented sustainability requirements for the investments of the fund! This was not just achieved for FlexDelft, but also for the payrolling services of five other universities! Furthermore, we have talked to FlexDelft and they will re-evaluate their choice next year to see if there is an even more sustainable option. Finally, thanks in part to a letter send to the Executive Board by Lijst Bèta, ABP (the employee pension fund of the TU Delft) now no longer invests in fossil fuels and other business that are not in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, nor TU Delft’s own 2030 goals.

More and more associations are implementing a confidentiality person within their associations to help members that run into problems with for example transgressive behaviour or an unwelcome atmosphere. This is a really good development! To support this, Lijst Bèta has setup systematic trainings and supports for these persons so that they are well informed and taught for when a situation comes up where they will need to step in!

The issue of consent and social safety has been an increasingly important issue among students. That is why Lijst Bèta together with the university is organizing a large campaign in Delft to inform students on how to deal with transgressive behavior and inform them about practical information and tips regarding different kinds of harassment.

Since the TU Delft is an internationally well-known knowledge institution, our researchers and others travel around the world to share their insights and discuss possible ideas, theories or come to even better solutions. Furthermore, the university collaborates on many levels with institutions and researchers from abroad. This, however, comes with a downside. For this to happen, there is a need to travel. Often over long distances that can only be crossed by planes. According to many researches and the CO2-roadmap of the TU Delft, business flights account for 6.667 tCO2-eq or 13,9% of the total CO2-footprint of the university. Although many people are already aware about the consequences of flying on the climate crisis, it is often hard to come up with alternatives or other ways to compensate. Furthermore, it is too easy to choose the, often, cheaper, quicker and more comfortable option of flying. This is why Lijst Bèta, in collaboration with Green TU, has worked on financial compensation measures for sustainable traveling.

As Central Student Council we have brought up the issue of lack of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus despite the existent need among certain students. The Central Student Council has successfully lobbied for the introduction of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus and the Executive Board will introduce these types of bathrooms on campus in all educational buildings by 2025.

Lijst Bèta believes that you should have the proper equipped space to relax and reflect when you need to. Thanks to Bèta, there are two contemplation rooms on campus and three extra rooms in the development process for one to be ready by August 2024 at the library. Until this happens, we have also worked to provide currently a temporarily contemplation room in the library room 3.80 which you can already use!

We work hard to ensure every student will be welcome on campus and feel safe and accepted. Thanks to Lijst Bèta the flag protocol has been changed at the Aula to ensure that there will always be a progress flag waving at the heart of our campus. We also made funds available for study associations to organize Purple Friday events to celebrate sexual diversity and make people feel seen! We’re currently working hard to ensure all communication becomes gender neutral, from regulations, to lectures, to the Instagram page of the TU Delft.

Mental health is something a lot students experience problems with and can find challenging to handle during their study. There are a lot of facilities available to help them but students don’t always find them or have the courage to call a random number to ask for information.  To take this barrier away, Lijst Bèta is currently in the process of setting up a location on campus where students can go to ask questions, get more information, complain and even report incidents. In this way students will find their way to help more easy and be helped on time. Students can step up anytime to be pointed toward the right help they need without making appointments!

Revamping existing canteens with more sofas, board games, table-top games, and comfortable seating arrangements, giving it more of a chilling vibe instead of an area where you only sit down for lunch, can allow more space to students to take a break from their daily routine, grab a bite with their peers and take their minds off by engaging in some fun board games. Thanks to Bèta, the chill spaces at Pulse became like a shared large living room for all students. Lijst Bèta is also working towards realizing more chill spaces on campus at other buildings.

Implementing sustainability in education can be time and financially costly for professors. In some cases, even double work might happen where a professor on one end of campus is developing the same idea as another professor on the the other end of the campus. To prevent double work and the re-invention of the wheel, Lijst Bèta has created a repository where professors share their best practices and their ideas on how to implement sustainability in education in order to make it easier for them to get sustainability into YOUR education!

Lijst Bèta believes that facilities and buildings on campus should be accessible for everyone. This is why, with the help of Student Onberperkt & the Diversity and Inclusion office, Lijst Bèta has created a focus group that visits each building to check if it is accessible or not. The visits results in a report after which Facility Management of each building are advised to find solutions to increase the accessibility of their buildings.

Click here to read more about our achievements!

...and working on now

“CSC*” means that we’re working on a project with the entire Central Student Council!

...and working on now

“CSC*” means that we’re working on a project with the entire Central Student Council!

Various groups and individuals at the TU Delft, ranging from students to staff members and others, are working hard to implement Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) policies at the university and to improve the overall community regarding D&I matters. The Diversity Office, is essential for making and implementing D&I policy at all levels, including the highest organizational levels. However, like with sustainability, having a central office that is appointed for specific themes is not sufficient. D&I is a delicate topic that needs a unique approach for every situation. There is not one solution that fits all. Therefore, we are working to implement D&I teams at every faculty, just like the already existing GreenTeams. The D&I teams will consist of both students and employees to ensure sufficient representation.

Canteens at various faculties are quite pricey and often don’t offer food which is attractive to buy for the average student. Lijst Beta sees this as a missed opportunity, and we want catering in the future to be more affordable for the average students!

The TU Delft and other universities in the Netherlands offers a massive variety of Massive Open Online Courses. Since, it is possible for you as a student enrolled in a Dutch univeristy to freely take an offline course in these universities, Lijst Bèta is working for you to get a free certificate of completion for these MOOCs once you are done taking them. This insures that you have a proof of the knowledge and skills you gain up taking these courses, for you to use later for example when applying for a job.

Being a first generation student means that you are the first student within your direct family to go to higher education which can come with its challenges. Lijst Bèta is working on improving the support that the university provides for this group. For example, having more information about what studying entails in open days and decreasing financial stress through indicatives like decreasing study costs and laptop payment in terms.

Finding the right master thesis project can be overwhelming. Where do you start? What if you want to look beyond your faculty? To help, Lijst Bèta is working on a master thesis platform where you can search for available projects and find something that sparks your interest.

Grammarly is a writing assistant that many students and employees already use. The premium version offers a lot more features than the free version. Having a contract between the TU and Grammarly would not only provide Premium licenses for all students and employees, but the TU can then also make agreements on how the data of its users is being handled, which is important for an educational institution where a lot of research is being done.

At the TU Delft, in order to be admitted to a student psychologist, you need to fill a relatively long questionnaire. Lijst Bèta thinks that the length of this questionnaire can be a barrier for some students to use this service. That is why Lijst Bèta is working on evaluating and shorting the questionnaire so that it does its job without increasing the barrier for you to ask for help!

During the pandemic many students dealt with mental health issues and often did not have access to sport facilities due to the restrictions. The Central Student Council is working together with X to try and realize a free voucher for all students to give a discount on for example memberships of associations or a sport subscriptions!

Too often as a student you start in a minor program, but it’s not really what you expected it to be. Lijst Bèta is working on a system where students can evaluate their minor program. With this, other students can make a more informed choice, and the TU Delft can be consistently improving the minor programs.

Study Advisors are an integral part of the student journey at the TU Delft. Currently, there is no system to evaluate the meeting you have with your study advisor/academic counsellor. Lijst Bèta believes that in order for your experience with study advisors to improve they need to be evaluated. This is why Lijst Bèta is working on creating a survey which you fill in after your appointment with an academic counsellor. Lijst Bèta is also working on making this system to protect your privacy and making sure that study advisors are taking your evaluation into consideration.

Lijst Bèta believes that students should be able to make informed decisions about their study. That’s why we are advocating for transparency in all collaborations of the TU Delft. Any project, lab or thesis should specify their collaborations so that you, the student, can make an informed decision.

The university has a wide variety of (online) courses and training on offer to help you develop soft skills and academic skills. Unfortunately these are scattered around different locations and webpages which makes them hard to find. Lijst Bèta is working on improving the findability of these courses. Soon you’ll be able to find them all in the SkillsLab!

In the ideal situation the percentage of international TU Delft students is reflected by the same ratio in the Central Student Council. Statistically, at least 2 of the 10 seats should be taken up by international students. However, participating in TU Delft Central Student Council is harder for international students in comparison to their Dutch peers. Some international students pay very high tuition fees, which are not fully compensated. This is a big obstacle for them to candidate themselves for (faculty) student councils. Lijst Bèta strives for equal treatment of Dutch and international students. Voices of international students should be heard. For that reason we will continue our lobby for the position of international students at TU Delft and on a national level. We already accomplished more bilingual activities at the umbrella organization of Dutch student councils. We have also had international and diverse student representation in our party this year and in the past, highlighting the importance of sufficient representation in the Central Student Council. We have also stirred the Executive Board to work on a model this year to enable an international tuition waiver for 2 or 3 non-EER students participating full-time in the student council, thereby having to pay only the Dutch tuition fee. The final model is yet to be announced but the work is already in progress.

A big contributor to the carbon footprint of the TU is the food consumption: there is a lot of meat used by the caterers. When meetings or events are catered for, the food almost always contains meat, except for when asking explicitly for vegetarian options. Lijst Bèta wants to flip the situation: instead of having to ask for vegetarian, we propose to make the default catering vegetarian.

Many study and student associations currently do not have a policy regarding such actions, creating potentially dangerous situations during association events (both on and off of campus). Without adequate repercussions and a sense of community protection, incorrect behaviour is not dealt with and correct behaviour is not actively promoted. To properly tackle the issue holistically and ensure that it is safe within both study and social environments at TU Delft, Lijst Bèta has formed a specialised committee for policy writing with respect to social safety guidelines and consequences.

The size of your wallet shouldn’t play a role in the way that you follow your education. Right now students face a lot of course-related costs, especially for project materials. This puts students with less finances at a disadvantage. We want to give everyone an equal playing field and remove financial pressures by making sure that either free material is available for a project or by having budget made available for you. Students are already increasingly under financial stress with more and more benefits being stripped away from them. With these changes Lijst Bèta hopes to ensure that every student can still follow education the way they want to without being worried about being able to finance their project.

Privacy is becoming an increasingly important issue as more and more information is being recorded about what you do as a student. Especially in this year of online education and exams, this has become specifically relevant. From the start we’ve always believed that proctoring regulations should only be used when absolutely necessary. In part thanks to our efforts, proctored exams have become the exception, instead of the rule! We will continue to monitor the developments in this area. In addition we will work on ensuring only relevant information about students is recorded.

We are working on providing you more fair examinations!

We want to get a clear policy in place indicating what happens when an exam question is changed during the exam. This can happen due to a type, or that some clarification is required. There should be clear steps, like the question turning into a bonus question for example.
It should be indicated on every question how many points that question is worth, so that you can plan which question you’ll tackle during the exam!

Students go from one exam week to the next in a short period of time without a lot of rest. To make sure students have a good start of their next quarter we propose to introduce a small break between each quarter by extending the weekend, so that students have time to rest and get their minds off of things. Extending this idea to all quarters will then also add more structure to our academic year planning and give some breathing room in the second half of the academic year.

The TU Delft has become a diverse university that welcomes a lot of different groups. With this diversity also comes a lot of different religions being practiced by students. To make sure every student gets equal opportunity to pass their exams, even when they’re restricted due to a religious obligation, we’re making sure regulations are being set up that will give students with an exam during an important religious holiday an extra resit possibility, so that the chances you get to make an exam is not dependent on your background!

Click here to read more about our current work!

Sustainable campaign?

Lijst Bèta always strives to practice what we preach. That’s why for years we’ve been running a sustainable campaign!

One of the biggest sources of campaign waste were the flyers. They are only useful for one year, and it’s difficult to predict how many you will need, so we usually overestimated and then threw away hundreds each year.

Last year because of the crisis we had a fully digital campaign. This year, now that we can study on campus a bit again, we’re bringing back our seedpaper flyers! These flyers will grow into beautiful flowers if planted, instead of negatively impacting the environment as trash.

Now more than ever, it’s also important to look at our digital footprint. That’s why we use a fully green-energy powered web-hosting provider! You can click on the green button at the bottom of the page to learn more about Green Hosting.