Who’s a part of it?
The Student Council (StuRa, short for Studierendenrat) is the supreme legislative body of the Student Body at the University of Heidelberg. It is made up of members from the student councils (including computer linguistics, yay!) and representatives from lists elected not far away (e.g. Jusos, RCDS, GHG, Liste…).
Our own computational linguistics student body provides one seat. The office is performed on an honorary basis by all of them, only the chair of the meeting and the minute-taker receive a small expense allowance.
What’s it about?
In its meetings, the StuRa deals with various (university) political questions: reform of the teaching profession, Occupy protests in Frankfurt, redistribution of quality assurance funds (QuaSiMi), etc.
In addition, the StuRa finances student projects and initiatives. It receives the money for this when you matriculate or re-register: A certain part of your semester fees (the so called “VS-Beitrag”) always goes to the StuRa.
When does the StuRa meet?
The StuRa usually meets every two weeks on Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m. in the physics lecture hall in Alfred-Überle-Straße. The StuRa office is located in the same street next to the Institute of Ethnology.
The best way to get to these buildings by public transport is via the Brückenstraße or Bergstraße stops.
Whom should I contact?
If you have a request that you think should be discussed in the StuRa, please contact the current representation of Computational Linguistics in the StuRa or the Student Council (for Computational Linguistics), so that a proposal on your topic can be worked out. This will then be submitted to the chair of the meeting up to six days before the next meeting and, if it meets the formal requirements, will be included in the agenda.
Furthermore, it is then submitted to the plenum for discussion in the session and voted on in the following session, unless urgency for the proposal is requested beforehand.
Further information can be found on the StuRa website.