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Thanks to Bèta...

For 13 years, Lijst Bèta has worked tirelessly to make your education the best it can be! 

Here’s a sampling of the things we have accomplished for students at TU Delft. 

We have been also working on many new initiatives, more information here!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

When you give feedback on a course, it shouldn’t disappear into void as soon as you hit “submit”. Thanks to Lijst 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.

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

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.

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!

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!

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.

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. Thanks to Bèta, you can find these courses through the career and counseling services.

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!

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 had the idea 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! Currently, this project have been handed to the Education & Student Affairs with a get to go and fund secured, so that a pilot of at least one spot would start in the academic year 2024-2025.

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!

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!

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.

Student Psychologists are an integral service in the TU Delft to provide mental help to the students. Currently, a student has to wait for months to get the required support. Lijst Bèta looked into why is that the case, one of the issues was that the building for psychologists does not have enough rooms for appointment to be carried out by the psychologists. Thanks to Bèta, 300,000 € have been given to renovate the psychologist building so that by the academic year 2024-2025 there should be extra 2 rooms available.

The issue of consent and social safety has been an increasingly important issue among students. That is why Lijst Bèta together with the university has organized 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. This campaign is going to be repeated in June 2024 and hope to be done yearly!

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.

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.

Lijst Bèta has brought up the issue of lack of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus despite the existent need among certain students. Lijst Bèta 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.

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.

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 full offline courses can be hard to follow. Lijst Bèta and the language center have worked together to offer a Dutch MOOC to give you a good start in learning Dutch, for free!

The TU Delft campus is becoming more diverse by the day, and the more diverse it becomes the harder it is to make it inclusive to every group. Lijst Bèta has created an advice group to help integrating diverse students by voicing their needs higher up in the hierarchy. To make sure that equitable tools and treatment is there for ALL students!

Lijst Bèta believe that the TU Delft should embrace its queer community and provide help to create awareness across its campus for them. Thanks to Bèta, structural funding is now available for Purple Friday for study associations to use to provide activities making the campus LGBTQI+ friendly.

The diverse our community at the TU Delft gets, the harder it is to know what is inclusive to which group especially in communication. Lijst Bèta strives for inclusive language and believes that we all need to be guided on how to be inclusive to each other. This is why, with the help of the Diversity and Inclusion office, Lijst Bèta has created an inclusive language live document. This document has the ways on how to address different groups in an inclusive way. The document is also alive meaning that it can be updated frequently to include more information on how to make the campus a safer environment for everyone!

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.

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 Green TU to start up Green Teams 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!

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.

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.

Lijst Bèta believes that sustainability should be a part of our daily life as students and future engineers. This is why Lijst Bèta has provided you with sustainability guidelines and instructions in you lab manuals to know how to work sustainability.

To promote awareness around the carbon footprint that traveling has and to encourage employees and students of the TU Delft to travel sustainably. Lijst Bèta has provided a carbon emission calculation tool that allows you to know how much emissions are there for each travel option when booking a trip via the TU Delft financing system.

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!

In the context of sustainability, currently in each faculty different groups of students & employees work on the same ideas and oftenly lack communication which results in double work or the re-invention of the wheel. To improve the communication between different groups, Lijst Bèta with Green TU has initiated Sustainability Task Forces in each faculty which is a group of people from each group who meet regularly to share updates & best practices and collaborate for a more sustainable faculty.