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Vote for the Future. Vote Lijst Bèta on the 11th and 12th May!

Get the most out of your education

Learn more about how Lijst Bèta envisions your education!

Effective & INSPIRING
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.

PERSONAL
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. 

DIVERSE & INCLUSIVE
Community

Since TU Delft offers world-class education, its community is very diverse. The university provides international students with excellent education, but more attention should be given to the integration of students.

SUSTAINABLE
Campus & Curricula

Climate change might be the biggest challenge of this era. Today’s students can make a difference for tomorrow! That is why Lijst Bèta calls for more attention 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 welcome
  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...

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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 Lijst Bèta, lecturers are required to provide practice exams (with answers!) for all courses.

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!

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.

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!
When making posters, reports, videos or renders for your (design) project, the Adobe Creative Cloud applications are very useful to have access to. Moreover, often they are even essential, and teachers just expect you to have access to those programs, even though you have to pay for them on a yearly basis. Lijst Bèta believes that those essential programs should be freely accessible to everyone at TU Delft who needs it for their study. Thanks to Lijst Bèta IDE and Architecture students will have a free Adobe Licence starting from the next academic year (2022/2023).
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.
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!
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.

Thanks to Lijst Bèta, many readers are now available as PDFs on Brightspace, so you don’t have to buy them on paper.

When you give feedback on a course, it shouldn’t disappear into the void as soon as you hit “Submit”. Thanks to Lijst Bèta, you can now view old course evaluations on Brightspace. We also want to make it possible to submit evaluations halfway through the course, so you yourself can benefit from your feedback.

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.

It can be sometimes hard for (international) students to meet new people, especially when everyone was stuck at home because of corona measures. That’s why we have made sure that UniLife, the new app for student events, extended their functionality to give students more opportunities to meet each other face to face. By allowing individual students to post invitations to eat together, and creating chatgroups for people that want to run or bike together, we’ve brought students a bit more closer to each other, even in these isolated times!

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.

The university offers quite some support for students with questions, concerns or complaints. However, it is not always clear to whom they should go with their questions. When students cannot find the help they need, it could have a negative impact on their studies and their wellbeing. Therefore, we have been working in close cooperation with the entire Student Council and Career & Counseling Services to improve the findability and accessibility of the support. A roadmap highlighting the different support points you can access and where to find them, instruction videos and an online platform where you can learn anywhere at any time are some of the projects that Lijst Bèta has been involved with.

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.

Since the start of the pandemic all student council meetings have been held online which was a great opportunity to make them more public. In the beginning you were only able to attend these meetings by specifically asking the secretary of the student council. Together with the other parties we’re also working on becoming even more public by for example having a website or Brightspace page with important information about the student council.

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!

Unfortunately, there are too many students who encounter unwanted behaviour.  The TU Delft already has a formal complaint process in place. This procedure enables the victim of assault to make a formal complaint accusing the perpetrator of doing them wrong. This procedure is not anonymous, quite intense (it involves a lot of parties and time) and only can be initiated by the victim. This makes the threshold of filing complaints extremely high and many smaller incidents go unnoticed, even though they are of importance. 

We want the university to add an anonymous informal complaint procedure that’s anonymous both ways. This process enables anyone (the victim, bystander, friend etc. ) to anonymously report an incident without necessarily wanting any repercussions. This means that reporting an incident is much easier and more accessible to anyone. Bystanders are incentivised to help out more, if they know that they can do something to tackle the issue. They also have a higher chance of reporting the issue than the victim, since they are in a less vulnerable position. The bar is also lower for victims to talk about an incident, because they have the option to remain anonymous and don’t have to confront any person. This lower barrier enables the university to get a much better idea of the rate and nature of unwanted behaviour that happen inside the university.

Already several universities make a contemplation space (or quiet room) available for their students. A contemplation room gives students the opportunity to meditate, pray, reflect, or otherwise find peace. This promotes student well-being and the inclusiveness of the university. The Student Council has been pushing for more and better located contemplation rooms.      Thanks to Lijst Bèta the wishes and needs from students of all different kinds of background will be taken into account when creating these Contemplation Rooms.

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!

...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!
We have created a database of all the Entrepreneurship courses available for all bachelors and masters students studying in the university, highlighting the differences between the courses available in the different faculties and the opportunities available outside the curriculum to increase knowledge about intra- and entrepreneurship in education. We are busy with the Delft Centre for Entrepreneurship, YES!Delft Students and the TU Delft Valorisation Centre to see how more of these courses are made accessible to Bachelor students, investigating the possibility of introducing credits for these courses as well. We have also enhanced the Delft Entrepreneurship Journey by adding to the info available there with the added information about the faculties. We also launched the survey to learn about student demand for such courses and want to restart the discussion about integration of entrepreneurship in the existing curriculum to produce well-rounded Delft Engineers, allowing students to get the most out of their education!

Having a lecture in a different faculty can be quite the hassle and frustrating. To help students find their way around campus we’re making sure that the university now implements Buildings and Rooms on Google Maps so that students can easily look up where they need to be and even calculate when they need to leave to arrive on time!

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.

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. The chill spaces become like a shared large living room for all students. The Student Council is working towards realizing more chill spaces on campus.
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.

Sometimes it’s also needed to talk about harder topics in life; motivation, study life balance, perfectionism, fear of failure, you name it. The Central Student Council wants to create more space for these conversations by creating Meeting Groups on a program level that also allow students to exchange study information and meet new people. Guided by a professional trainer, students can have an open conversation about the less pretty parts of life.

Lijst Bèta is a progressive party and we recognize the necessity of an inclusive campus community. Biases exist and awareness is the first step to a more inclusive TU Delft community. For the first edition of our lunch series called Bèta talks we paid attention to intercultural communication. This is an important topic because students from all over the world are thrown into one classroom and are expected to work together smoothly. Some master programs spend time on this at their Master introduction program, but not all. It is our initiative to make intercultural communication a mandatory part of all master introduction programs.

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.

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 effect others. That is why we want to have training or workshop on this right at the beginning of the Introduction Week, so everyone can feel safe and respected.

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.

To attract students to come study at TU Delft, the university has an outreach program at high schools. Unfortunately, the university only focuses on a small group of high schools in this outreach, leading to a group of students that isn’t very diverse. In the past there used to be an employee that specifically focused on diversity in outreach, but unfortunately the role doesn’t exist any more. Together with the entire Central Student Council, we’ve been working on bringing this role back and setting it up in a long-standing and sustainable way!

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!

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.