Student Parliament Encyclopedia

Student Parliament

Student Parliament is the highest body of student governance at NMBU and consists of student council representatives from each department (according to the number of students in each department). Student Parliament approves the budget for student democracy, adopts policies, and has representatives to the SiÅs Board, the Academic Committee, and the Research Committee, as well as a number of other boards and committees. Three meetings are held each semester, and the Student Board is responsible for the daily operations of Student Parliament.

A constitutive Student Parliament is held at the end of each year. This is the first Student Parliament session for the representatives that are elected at the General Assembly in November. At the constitutive Student Parliament, the Welfare Office, International Officer, Marketing Officer, and a Board Member are elected to the Student Board, as well as the Election Committee and the Student Parliament chairpersons.

Election Committee

Election Committee are elected for one year at the constitutive Student Parliament. They are responsible for accepting proposals for and finding good candidates for the various positions which are selected by SP, the University Board, and the president and vice president of the AU.

University Board (Universitetsstyret, US)

Composed of representatives from management, academic staff, technical staff, an external member, and two elected student representatives; it is NMBU’s governing body. They work with issues of a strategic nature and have up to 10 meetings per year. Student representatives are elected by electronic ballot in the spring (where all NMBU students have voting rights) and report to Student Parliament.

Academic Affairs Committee (Studieutvalget, SU)

Works on issues concerning education at NMBU and has delegated authority from the University Board. Has representatives from NMBU and 5 permanent student representatives. Student representatives are obliged to report to, and will be elected by, the Student Parliament.

Research Committee (Forskningsutvalget, FU)

Works with matters concerning research and dissemination of research, and has delegated authority from the University Board. Has two permanent student representatives who are obliged to report to, and are elected by, the Student Parliament.

Learning Environment Committee (Læringsmiljøutvalget, LMU)

LMU has operational responsibility for quality assurance of the students' learning environment and has delegated responsibility from the University Board to make decisions on matters related to the learning environment. The total learning environment includes the physical learning environment, the psychosocial learning environment, universal design (accessibility) and welfare services. There are four students in the learning environment committee: chairman, deputy chairman, the AU Welfare Officer, and the chairman of SiÅs.

Working Environment Committee (Arbeidsmiljøutvalget, AMU)

This committee’s tasks are set out in the Working Environment Act under the regulations concerning "Safety representatives and the working environment", and shall ensure that NMBU has a satisfactory working environment. The AMU has delegated responsibility from the University Board to make decisions on matters related to the work environment. The AU vice president has the right to attend and speak at AMU meetings.

SiÅs Board

Has responsibility for the overall operations of SiÅs, both strategically and financially. The Board consists of student representatives elected by and reporting to the Student Parliament. One of the elected student representatives is the chairman of SiÅs, and the Board shall remain a minimum of 50% students.

NSO

The National Union of Students in Norway (Norsk studentorganisasjon, NSO) is an organization of about 220,000 students at universities and colleges. NMBU has a representative in the National Executive Committee. NSO works for students' academic, social and economic rights, and actively works with politicians, bureaucracy, media, study loans and the management of educational institutions. NSO has 44 member branches from universities and colleges across the country. Each member branch in NSO has a contact person in the executive committee of the central NSO office.

International Students’ Union

ISU is a sister organization to NSO, but works specifically for international students. The organization has a national office and more than 25 local branches. The board of each branch is chosen by international students at the corresponding institution. In Ås, ISU works with the NMBU Student Parliament and Student Board (AU).

Students’ and Academics’ International Assistance Fund (SAIH)

SAIH consists of students and academics in Norway's “solidarity and development” organization. SAIH works with educational assistance, information and advocacy. Through higher and informal education SAIH mobilizes young people toward participation and social responsibility. SAIH has a local chapter at NMBU which works with the NMBU Student Parliament.

Institute General Assembly (Insituttallmøte)

Each institute’s General Assembly is the highest student body at the corresponding institute. They elect a chairman and deputy chairman of the student council and have representatives to the Student Parliament, Institute Board, Education Committee and Research Committee at the department level. The institute General Assemblies take place in April and November

Student Council

Each department has a student council consisting of class representatives from each class in the department, as well as representatives to Teaching Committees, Research Committees, and Department Boards. In addition, student council members are the department liaisons to the Student Board. Student councils discuss current affairs and issues applicable to their departments, and determine which of these to bring up with the Student Parliament. Each student council elects representatives to the Student Parliament, who act as the link between local and central student democracy for their department.

Institute Board (Instituttstyre, IS)

Each Institute Board is the governing body of the Institute and consists of employees at the institute and two student representatives. Its charge is the strategic management of each department. Student representatives are elected at each institute’s General Assembly and report to the Student Council.

The Education Committee (Undervisningsutvalget, UU)

The UU is the institutes’ governing body regarding education. It provides advice and strategic suggestions for the institutes’ management in matters relating to education and dealing with matters delegated by the Institute Board. The UU has two permanent student representatives who report to the Student Council and are elected by the Institute General Assembly.

Appeals Committee (Klagenemda)

Examples of matters that the Appeals Committee handles are: complaints of procedural errors and annulment of examinations or tests; it also handles cases where there is suspicion that students have cheated on exams and assignments.

The number of meetings of the board varies from year to year, depending on how many cases there are.

Parking Appeals Board

This board handles appeals against parking fines on both campuses.

Ethics Committee

The Ethics Committee ensures that all business conducted at the university is ethically defensible. This is particularly important in a place of study such as this, with issues concerning biotechnology, animal welfare and other disciplines. NMBU is the largest multidisciplinary biological research and educational environment, and society demands that the university operates ethically and responsibly.

Committee for Best Lecturer

As part of efforts to increase the quality of studies at NMBU, students elect the best lecturer. The award "best lecturer" is highly regarded among the academic staff, and the idea is that the prize helps to stimulate lecturers to improve teaching. All students at NMBU can nominate lecturers. Recipients of the award will also receive a prize from NMBU at the August matriculation ceremony.

Central Admissions Committee

Members of the Central Admissions Committee consider primarily the applicants for admission that do not meet the necessary score calculated by score rules in high school. The Central Admissions Committee makes a judgment of the applicants and determines whether they should receive an offer of admission by NMBU.

The Committee consists of one representative from each of the faculties, one representative from the Academic Affairs Committee, and two student representatives. The committee usually holds about one meeting a year, in early July.

Class Meeting

One Class Representative is elected from each class and reports to the student council at the department. The Representative is responsible for informing their class and bringing cases from their class back to the student council. Class Representatives are responsible for arranging class meetings.

Published 11. August 2016 - 11:11 - Updated 8. February 2017 - 16:58