The Western Norway Student Council
The Western Norway Student Council (Stundenttinget på Vestlandet, or STVL) is a statutory body led by students at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (Høgskulen på Vestlandet, or HVL). It is the highest student political organ within the institution. To best promote and protect the students’ interests, STVL is organised in the following manner:
The Student Council (Studenttinget)
In many ways, The Student Council and its 20 representatives can be compared to the Norwegian Storting (parliament) as the “legislature”. A secret ballot election is held in each region during the late autumn, and representatives are chosen for one year at a time. The Student Council normally gathers six times a year to process hearings, pass motions, and reach resolutions in cases regarding the students’ interests. The Student Council also elects student representatives for various boards, councils and comittees. Click the box below for an overview of the current Student Council representatives.
The current elected Student Council representatives for 2018.
- Celin Stordahl (Sogndal)
- Camilla Hatland (Sogndal)
- Emma Wolden Bersagel (Sogndal)
- Paulina Zaremba (Sogndal)
- Malin Hassum (Sogndal)
- Marita Helland (Sogndal)
- Ida Grønstøl Hauge (Førde)
- Helene Sylvarnes (Førde)
- Benjamin Johan Madsen (Bergen)
- Tommy Steindal Tobiassen (Bergen)
- Pedram Sabzehie (Bergen)
- Anna Sæbø Nøstbakken (Bergen)
- Helene Aarrestad (Bergen)
- Lilly Veim Eikje (Bergen)
- Kristin Svanholm (Bergen)
- Maren Gullvåg Aasen (Bergen)
- Israt Jahan Begum (Bergen)
- Yannick Alexander Broese van Groenou (Bergen)
- Thomas-André Dahl (Bergen)
- Thomas Reite (Bergen)
- David Wefring Osen (Bergen)
- Line Dale Fonnes (Bergen)
- Bettina Henriette Strand Vik (Bergen)
- Alexandra Jellestad (Bergen)
- Morten Nordvik Hovland (Haugesund)
- Morten Knoph Svestad (Stord)
- Vilde Andrea Knutsen (Haugesund)
- Martin Dragland Granum (Haugesund)
- Johannes Ellingsen (Stord)
- Alexander Selsvik (Haugesund)
- Petter Haukaas Dyngeland (Stord)
- Sigmund Stokken (Stord)
The Executive Committee
The Executive Committee is to the Government what the Student Council is to our Parliament. The Student Council is the determining, elected body, while the Executive Committee works to implement the motions that are passed. The Executive Committee consist of seven students who work full-time to accomplish the goals set by the Student Council. The Executive Committee has offices in each region to maintain contact with all of HVL’s campuses.
Councils, boards and committees at HVL
Student representatives must make up a minimum of 20% of the voters in all councils, boards and committees with a decision-making authority at HVL. The Student Council organises and elects all student representatives for these associoations, such as the HVL Board of Directors, The Learning Environment Committee, The Research- and Education Committee, The Suitability Committee, and The Appeals Committee among others.
The Western Norway Student Council represents the student’s interests not only internally at HVL, but also externally to other organisations. The Student Council is a member of both The Western Welfare Council (Velferdstinget Vest) and The National Union of Students in Norway (Norsk Studentorganisasjon).
Velferdstinget Vest (The Western Welfare Council)
The Western Welfare Council focuses on on welfare politics for all students in the west of Norway. Most of the higher education institutions have chosen to organise their welfare services through the student welfare organisation Sammen. Because of this, the students themselves have united and formed the Western Welfare Council. The focus is to advocate for the students’ welfare needs and communicate this to Sammen, the municipalities, and counties. Click here for more information about The Western Welfare Council.
The National Union of Students in Norway (Norsk Studentorganisasjon)
The National Union of Students in Norway (NSO for short) is the largest organisation for students in Norway. NSO is politically independent and maintans and important voice for the students in Norway. NSO works with politicians, administrative officials, the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen), and the managements of higher education institutions to improve the conditions of students financially, academically and socially.
STVL is a local branch of NSO, and we send delegates to their management meetings and the annual general meeting. More information about NSO can be found here.