Models of Student Representation and Participation: The Case of Spanish Universities

By Irene Martin and Javier Lorente.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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In the context of recent reforms within the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), institutionalized
student participation has become crucially relevant for the Spanish system of university
governance. Nevertheless, little is known about the different models of representation,
their way of functioning, as well as the mechanisms and levels of student participation in the
university. Not much is known either about the impact of different models of representation
on levels of participation. This study tries to contribute to this field. Data are presented coming
from a survey carried out amongst all representatives of the recently created State Council of University Students (CEUNE) in Spain, as well as from young people’s surveys. The greater students’ participation
will be, the more legitimacy their representatives will have, and the stronger their role in
the making of university policy.

Keywords: Student Participation, Models of Representation, University Governance, Spain

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.73-90. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.259MB).

Irene Martin

Lecturer in Political Science, Vice Dean of International Relations, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Faculty of Law, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

is lecturer in the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM). She obtained her Ph.D., at the Juan March Institute and UAM. Her main research interests include political attitudes and behaviour in Spain and Greece, the relationship between young people and politics and education for citizenship. She has participated in international research projects such as Citizenship, Participation and Democracy (funded by the European Science Foundation), Attitudes and Values in New Democracies or the European Social Survey (funded by the European Commission). She is member of the Spanish research team of the European Social Survey.

Javier Lorente

Student Representative, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

graduated in Law and Political Science and is MA on Democracy and Government from the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM). Currently he is Ph.D., candidate in the Department of Political Science and International Relations of UAM. His main research focuses on comparative politics, mainly political culture and behavior of the European youth. He has been student representative at the board of governors of the Autonomous University of Madrid, as well as representative and member of the Permanent Commission of the State Council of University Students (CEUNE).

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