Starting and Union recognition
Does your association not yet exist? And you are convinced that more students are looking for a club like this? Then it's time for you to think about founding a new association. If you are still in the orientation stage, it can be useful to get in touch with us. As there are already more than 100 associations and foundations connected to us, we can provide you with useful tips during this process. Moreover, we would like to explain what the procedure look like and what the conditions are for becoming a Union participant.
Why connect with the Student Union?
Most of the student organizations of the University of Twente decide to become Union recognized. We help you continuing your association in many ways. Next, we also find it very important that we can represent your association’s interests. We do this within the organization of the University of Twente and the municipality of Enschede. The only thing we ask from Union participants is their input. Only with your opinion we are able to know what’s up in the student community. In this way we can make Twente’s student life better and unforgettable.
Advantages for Union participants
- Possibility to participate in the Board Improvement Program;
- Possibility to participate in the Annual Board Weekend;
- Financial support through the More Than A Degree Services funds;
- Financial support through the More Than A Degree Initiatives funds;
- Financial support through the FOBOS policy of the UT;
- Office room in the Bastille with possible rental subsidies;
- Free reservations and use of meeting rooms in the Bastille;
- Subsidies for Instruction, Materials and Accommodation for sports associations in accordance with the Facility Allocation Model (FAM);
- Reduced rental rates for halls for culture associations with a Unioncard obligation;
- Discount on renting lecture halls through the Booking Office
- Possibility to participate in the Kick-In to recruit new members;
- Exposure on the Kick-In Give-it-a-Go platform
- Participate in the PCM of the SU to give input on all matters related to student life at the UT
- Possibility to subscribe to board news letter
- Possibility to share information about your association in the Board News Letter
- Possibility to post information on the LED Screens (Vrijhof and Pinetum)
Once your association has chosen to become a Union participant, you will ultimately have to comply with the conditions in the recognition regulations. To receive recognition, the following steps must be taken:
- The new association establishes a policy and budget. It is important that the policy does not conflict with the recognition regulations, that the policy and budget are coordinated, and that the budget is conclusive. On the basis of these documents an evaluation can be made about the success of the association to be recognized.
2. The new association contacts the Student Union and sends the policy, budget, and statutes. If the new association has no statutes, it is recommended that the policy and budget will first be shared with the Student Union. The association will then hear if these two comply with an SU recognition. Thereafter the association can set up the statutes. If the association is eventually recognised (step 3), the costs for making statutes will be covered by the Student Union.
3. The Student Union goes through the documents, after which the board decides within six weeks to (temporarily) recognize the association.
4. After a trial period the temporary recognition is evaluated and converted into a definitive recognition in the case of a positive evaluation.
It is always possible to ask questions before, during, and after the process. The Student Union can always advise the best approach per association.