Committees and Boards
Representatives from the Group Representation of Academic Staff are also in the following committees and boards:
Committee for Quality Improvement in Teaching and Learning
The Committee for Quality Improvement in Teaching and Learning was created in the Examination Council with the quality improvement funds. The committee advises university management regarding tasks related to the use of funds for improvement in teaching and learning conditions. The examination of the statements of accounts rests, as it has until now, on the Quality Improvement Committee, QVK for short. The committee also votes on the progress reports, which must be submitted to the ministry every two years and report on the measures and their success.
Members: Wolfgang Bettray, Kathrin Heinzmann, Simon Völker
Deputy Members: Dirk Thißen, Julia Meul, Andreas Schreiber, Martin Müller, Uwe Kahlert, Marion Kalde
Elders Advisory Council
The Elders Advisory Council supports the Rectorate and the Chairperson of the Senate with preparations for Senate meetings. Additionally, it advises the Rectorate on urgent decisions and during the lecture-free period. The Elders Advisory Council also advises the Chairman of the Senate with unpostponable affairs. The council consists of members of the Rectorate, the Chairperson of the Senate, the Deputy Chairperson, the Speakers of the Groups, and the Equal Opportunities Officer.
Member: Wolfgang Bettray, Julia Meul
The Constitutional Committee prepares resolutions on the constitution, framework regulations, and other regulations of the university for the Senate. It is composed of ten members from various groups and is headed by the chair of the Senate.
Members: Wolfgang Bettray, Mathias Wien
Deputy Members: Julia Meul, Kathrin Heinzmann, Marion Kalde, Ute Müller
Committee for Structural, Financial, and Construction Affairs
The committee for structural, financial, and construction affairs advises the Senate on topics relating to this area. It prepares the foreseen approval of the Rectorate’s planning principles, as well as the foreseeable recommendations and statements for the Senate. Typical topics include:
- Development of the University's infrastructure
- Economic plan/budget of the University
- Allocation of funds within the University
- Coordination of proposals for large-scale equipment
- Establishment or comprehensive transformation of central academic institutions
- Projects that have an impact on the structure of the University, such as the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance (JARA) of the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments.
Members: Wolfgang Bettray, Götz Heßling
Deputy Members: André Stollenwerk, Ute Müller, Simon Münstermann, Andreas Schreiber
Election Evaluation Board
The Election Evaluation Board consists of five members from various groups and is only called upon in particular times of need. This applies when an objection arises against the validity of a completed council election and the election adminstration has not remedied it. It is then the responsibility of the Election Evaluation Board to examine the validity of the completed election.
Member: Julia Meul
Deputy Members: Mathias Wien, Marion Kalde
Equal Opportunities Committee
The Equal Opportunities Committee is appointed to ensure equal opportunities for men and women at RWTH Aachen. It advises and supports the university in equal opportunities affairs as well as within the framework of the requirements of the NRW EQual Treatment Act. The committee also oversees the implementation of the Plan for the Advancement of Women as well as the distribution of funds in accordance with the requirements of the State Equal Opportunities Act. The committee is composed of two members – each from the individual groups – to form a total of eight members. The Equal Opportunities Officer also belongs to the committee, as to all other committees, without voting rights.
Members: Iris Reimann, Sarah Heinemann
Deputy Members: Marion Kalde, Peter Uciechowski, Thomas Kreß, Knut Wormstädt
Allocation Committee (Funding for Junior Researchers)
The Allocation Committee determines the allocation of scholarships for graduate funding based on the Guidelines for the Promotion of Young Researchers at RWTH Aachen, RFwN for short. Members of the committee are nominated by the Senate and appointed by the Rectorate. The committee meets once a semester and advises on funding requests from candidates in all academic disciplines at RWTH. The requests are evaluated and ranked in advance by the Graduate Support Opportunities Committees in the individual faculties to support the Allocation Committee.
Member: Thomas Hieronymus
Deputy Members: Iris Reimann, Marion Kalde
Teacher Training Council
The Teacher Training Council deals with the safeguarding and development of teacher training at RWTH. In particular, it is responsible for structural agreements and changes to teacher training across the faculties. The representatives of the individual faculties raise subject-specific issues to the Council and report their solutions to the faculty. All six faculties involved in teacher training and all groups are represented in the Teacher Training Council.
Members: Isabel Helbing, Björn Meißner, Aljoscha Merk, Martin Müller
Deputy Members: Ingeborg Heil
RWTHextern Citizens’ Forum
The RWTHextern Citizens' Forum informs citizens in the so-called three-country-point about RWTH's activities. Its goal is to provide the most comprehensive image of the University possible. Initiatives from research, teaching, and academic life address these citizens in an entertaining way. The Forum thereby assumes an important intermediary function between the University and the surrounding areas of the city.
Member: Götz Heßling
Deputy Members: Nadja Binz, Sabrina Grübener
Commission for Quality Management in Teaching
The University views the targeted, transparent implementation of different instruments aligned with participants for improving teaching and the controlling of the respective measures as the primary tasks of quality management. The strategic goals and the resulting fundamentals of teaching and learning appear in RWTH's Mission Statement, which builds an orientation framework for the University’s development. The assurance of these strategic learning and teaching goals in the mission statement outlines the main tasks of quality management in learning and teaching.
Deputy Members: Claudia Kruschwitz, Julia Meul, Marion Kalde, Achim Knepper, Holger Ketteniß, Janne Wirtz, Simon Völker, Christopher Schmidt, Nicolas Kleinschmidt
Commission for the Safeguarding of Good Scientific Practice
The Commission for the Safeguarding of Good Scientific Practice was established to ensure the principles of academic integrity at RWTH. Cases of academic misconduct include making false statements knowingly or negligently in an academic context, not acknowledging the intellectual property of another person, or harming how another person’s research is perceived. The Commission comprises six members, including one academic staff member. The Investigative Committee can also call on other suitable individuals for advice if deemed necessary.
Member: Ute Müller
Deputy Member: Peter Uciechowski, Corinna Mescherowsky
Language Center Advisory Board
The Language Center is a central operational unit of the University. The Center’s function is to offer foreign language courses for students. The extent of the Center’s courses on offer is determined in accordance with the requirements of the faculties and institutes, and in agreement with the Advisory Board and the Rectorate.
The Advisory Board establishes user interests, proposes suggestions for user regulations, and acts as an intermediary where there are conflicts of interest. It advises the Language Center management and receives information on budget management and staff appointments. Based on this, it gives recommendations regarding the Language Center’s work and development, as well as planning and use of resources.
Member: Sabrina Grübener
Deputy Members: Andreas Schreiber, Marion Kalde
Advisory Board for the Center for Teaching and Learning Services
RWTH's Center for Teaching and Learning Services provides a range of services for those persons involved in teaching at the University. It can create videos and it is responsible for the further development and hosting of the tool for electronic assessments (Dynexite), for example. It develops further training courses and resources for teaching staff and supports the mentoring program. In short, the CLS combines all the services that the RWTH offers its teaching staff.
Members: Simon Völker, Julia Meul
Deputy Members: Uwe Kahlert, Andreas Schreiber, Dirk Thißen, Daniel Kastner
Interfaculty Ethics Commission
In the area of conflict between scientific freedom and the responsibility of research, the Ethics Commission provides assistance by advising and issuing votes on ethical aspects. The Ethics Commission acts upon a written request for a vote. It reports its activities to the Rectorate and the Senate once a year and on an ad hoc basis.
Member: Marc Syndicus
Deputy Members: Knut Wormstädt, Marion Kalde
Steering committees form the direct contact between the central institutions and RWTH groups, which it provides services for. In these committees, representatives from the groups discuss topics such as services and performance as well as strategic set-ups with representatives from the institutions.
Overview of the Steering Committees
For the University Library
The steering committee for the University Library discusses the following topics:
- All aspects of IT supply at RWTH – journal subscriptions, online access to journals, databases, University documents, research tools, e-books, and much more
- Infrastructure and budgeting affairs
- Structural matters – adapting internal organizations to suit new frameworks, expanding Bib 2, increasing the number of study spaces, supporting students in publishing their work, and encouraging the move away from a magazine focus.
- Strategic aspects – introducing a comprehensive RWTH catalog, integrating the many institute-specific and departmental libraries into one concept, encouraging Open Access, and working toward the transition to fully digital sources.
Members: Uwe Kahlert, Thomas Eifert
Deputy Members: Andreas Schreiber, Marc Syndicus, Ute Müller
For the IT Center
RWTH’s IT Center supports RWTH employees in the planning, operating, supply, and usage of central data, computing, visualization, and communicationmechanisms, and all services related to this. In addition, the IT Center supports the University in strategic decisions regarding the planning and operating of the core University network, as well as the development of IT solutions that can be applied across the different institutes.
Members: Uwe Kahlert, André Stollenwerk
Deputy Members: Denise Degen, Stefan Lankes, Markus Küppers, Andreas Nowack
For University Sports
The University Sports Center (HSZ) is a central operational unit at RWTH and organizes a comprehensive sports and exercise program for the universities in Aachen. The Rector’s Office appoints a steering committee to advise the University Sports Center management. The committee meets at least once per semester to discuss general queries on university sports in Aachen, the sports facilities, as well as HSZ events.
Members: Matthias Gehnen, Simon Münstermann
Deputy Members: Andreas Schreiber, Andreas Nowack, André Stollenwerk, Iris Reimann
For the Central Facility for Electron Microscopy (GFE)
RWTH’s Central Facility for Electron Microscopy (GFE) is a central operational unit that looks into microanalysis, and the modelling and analysis of microstructures, with a particular focus on electron beam technology. The steering committee for GFE is formed of users and appropriate parties from all RWTH Groups. During the meetings – which take place at least once per semester – all matters regarding GFE’s development in human and technical resources will be discussed. The committee supports GFE’s management in fundamental issues and advises on future developments.
Members: Simon Münstermann, Michael Noyong
Deputy Members: Thorsten Tonnesen, Götz Heßling, Marion Kalde, Markus Könemann