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The New Democrats is a student movement born out of frustration with the current party system at the UvA. From radical, megalomaniac leaderships, to abusive membership fees, student political parties have lost touch with the everyday problems of students. That is why a rethink was necessary. Thus, the NDU was born, its ranks swelling with disillusioned members from all major parties, looking to make a real change. Now is the time for students to hold old parties to account for their lack of transparency and inefficiency. Furthermore, the NDU acknowledges that the decision-making power of the UvA’s faculties is currently insufficient, and thus pushes for a model of decentralization, by which each faculty will best be able to tackle the unique problems of its students.


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The UvA should offer free menstrual products at each campus
Agree

The examination of curricula goes hand in hand with decolonization and should be prioritized within the diversity approach of the UvA
Disagree

The UvA should invest more accessibility for students with functional limitations as well as sensitivity towards these students
Fully agree

First-year students should be able to pay per study point at the UvA (flexible studying)
Disagree

All board members of study associations should receive equal encouragement and financial support from the University
Fully agree

The Numerus Fixus (a limitation in the number of students admitted) may only be implemented when there is a capacity limitation
Fully agree

All lectures should be available online, independently of COVID-19 cases or quarantine regulations.
Fully agree

Programs can decide for themselves whether teaching in English will improve the quality of education
Disagree

More investment is needed in interdisciplinary education (providing students with more than just one perspective on a particular subject, such as honors, PPLE or IIS programs)
Agree

The UvA should address problems such as systemic overwork and bad working conditions among its teachers by giving out more permanent contracts
Fully agree

Students wishing to take honors courses should be able to do so based on their motivation, regardless of their grades
Agree

The university needs to be clearer about its plans regarding internationalization and needs to take the factor of increasing internationalization into account in all its policies
Agree

The UvA should make long term plans for study spaces and teaching facilities according to the expected growth in student population
Fully agree

The UvA should support the mental health of students through investing in new initiatives and long-term uniform university-wide support
Fully agree

The Binding Study Advice (BSA) should be abolished
Fully disagree

The number of international students in a council should be representative of the number of international students within a faculty, or the University (same for Dutch students)
Fully disagree

Political diversity (including both left- and right-wing perspectives) should also be included in the diversity approach of the university
Fully disagree

The University should provide its students more aid with housing
Fully agree

The University must prioritize active diversification, including decolonization, as mentioned in the 2016 Diversity Report
Fully disagree

Student psychologists should be available at each campus
Fully agree