The faculty student representatives (FSR)

1. The faculty student representatives; who we are.

In order to achieve this goal, there is not only the FSR, who campaigns primarily on the faculty level for your interests, but also various other representatives located amongst the different governing panels of the university's administration (Student Council or the Center for Teacher Education, Formal and Professional Education Research (ZLSB)), who are ready to take your side and represent you, the student body of the Dresden University of Technology.

In order to fulfill their representative duties, the FSR is finance primarily through the tuition for by the students registered under the Faculty of Linguistics, Literature, and Cultural Studies. With roughly 3500 registered students (Data: Nov. 2007), each paying 0,90 Euros to the FSR per semester, the faculty student representatives have a strong financial basis with which to carry out the various programs to further support the student body.

2. Legal basis

According to the current state law for higher education institutes in Saxony, the faculty student representatives have the following responsibilities:

2.    to support any economical and/or social self-help groups for students,
3.    to advance volunteer sport programs for students, outside the jurisdiction of the university,
4.    to support and create trans-regional and international student networks,
5.    to advance the political education and the civic sense of responsibility amongst the student body.

The FSR represents the professional interests of all students in all affairs affecting the educational programs of their university in their field of study.''

These tasks, which equally affect all students amongst the various faculties, are the primary concern of the student representatives of the Dresden University of Technology. We, as the faculty student representatives of the Faculty of Linguistics, Literature, and Cultural Studies, see ourselves as better equipped to represent the students of our faculty and students of humanities as well.

3. What exactly does the FSR do for us?

The work of the FSR can be divided into three groups.

Under the term 'general work' can be found the tasks of organizing and sorting problems, answering emails, managing incoming calls, personal inquiries, meeting and conversations with the teachers of the faculty, and the implementation of public meeting.

The FSR also sends student-representatives to various meetings amongst the faculty, in order to maintain and uphold the participatory nature of our university's democracy. Under this concept fall the institutional representatives of our faculty as well as the various members of the student council (StuRa). Despite current pressure from the Ministry of Education and the Arts to reduce the presence of the FSR in faculty councils, contact with the individual faculty members has been maintained. By working in small groups alongside the university's teachers, the FSR is still able to influence daily life at the university as well as influence the formation of study regulations and their implementation and interpretation in everyday student-life.

The various projects organized by the FSR are there as a means to enrich the lives of the students amongst our faculty and our university. To help in the organization and implementation of these projects, the FSR has divided them amongst the various work groups which are made up of the individual FSR members. Whenever new problems appear, a new work group is created and assigned to this issue to find a possible solution and/or carry out a plan to realize it.

4. FSR elections.

News in brief:

FSR elections always take place once a year in November and are often located in the main hall of the HSZ.

Every student who is registered under the Faculty of Linguistics, Literature and Cultural Studies is eligible to take part in the FSR electoral process. Students who are registered under multiple faculties are only allowed to vote in the field of their registered major.

Initially, Lehramt students should vote in whichever subject first appears on their student ID forms, but can also request to vote their second field by filling out the appropriate forms and presenting them to the election officials. In addition, Lehramt students are able to vote for the student-representatives within the Center for Teacher Education, Formal and Professional Education Research (ZLSB), which coordinates the university's pedagogic program.

For each voting group (i.e.; FSR & ZLSB), students are given three votes with which they can either bestow on a single candidate of their choice or spread them amongst the group as they see fit.

In recent years, the percentage of voting participants amongst the student body has fluctuated greatly. In 2007 participation went from 6% to 16.63% and continued to rise in 2008 as the percentages of voters went to 21%. During the last few years however, voting participation has unfortunately sunk to a meager 12%.  More information to voting participation amongst the previous elections can be found on the Stura's web page under 'voting'.

In addition to voting, you can support the FSR by distributing fliers, or better yet by mangaing voting booths, as the candidates themselves are only allowed to work behind the voting booths under supervision. Even just a few hours of voluntary work would be a great relief to us. Contact us through our Work Group: Election.
Any criticism, suggestions, and wishes pertaining to FSR elections are also greatly appreciated.

5. Criticism

Problems with the FSR? Then write us an email and let us know! Constructive criticism is always appreciated.

Due to a lack are participating members, the FSR has been forced to neglect certain matters for several years now. Despite this, we are still attempting to revive and improve on forgotten projects so that we may continue to provide educational and advancement opportunities for the student body.

Complaining and letting of steam can be appropriate in the proper doses, but please remember that the FSR is primarily comprised of a group of students, and as such we hold the same weaknesses as any other; sometimes motivated, sometimes unmotivated, or even sometime under their heads. Please note that in addition to working with the FSR, many members need to partake in their university courses as well as need to work to make ends meet. Personal affairs such as these are often overlooked by spectators looking in, and therefore we kindly ask to have a bit of understanding that everything cannot always be perfect.

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