The Research Committee of the Groninger Studentenbond focusses on relevant studentproblems or interesting questions. The committee members conduct research by doing interviews or by spreading questionnaires. The collected results and advices are then published and presented to for example the University of Groningen, Hanze University of Applied Sciences and/or the municipality.
In February 2016, the Research Committee published a report that stated that, on average, international students pay 75% more on rent for their rooms than Dutch students. This news was in the national media and was taken very seriously by the municipal administration and councelmembers of the municipality. Since then, the local administration has kept a closer eye on the necessities and needs of international students. Click here for the report.
In September 2017, the Research Committee published a report on the by them conducted research on stress among students. This showed, among other things, that 62% of students see stress as a constant presence in the student life. Besides that, the research focusses on the different ways that students cope with stress, the accessibility of student psychologists and on how educational institutions work on these issues. This research can be found here.
In October of 2018 the Research committee published a report on the Anglicization of higher education in Groningen. It was found that there were still significant gains in quality to be made regarding the current Anglicization of education, both students and educators think more attention should be given to which studies ought to be studied in Dutch, English or both. The study included an advice for the educational institutions in Groningen.
In Oktober 2018 publiceerde het Onderzoeksbureau een rapport over de verengelsing van het hoger onderwijs in Groningen. Hieruit bleek dat er nog veel te halen viel omtrent de verengelsing van het onderwijs, beiden studenten en onderwijzers vinden dat er meer aandacht moet worden gegeven aan welke studies in het Nederlands of Engels worden gegeven. Met een advies aan de onderwijsinstellingen in Groningen. This research can be found here.
The Research Committee in 2020 has been working on a study into the integration of (International) students in Groningen.
The Research committee of 2018 (from left to right, upper row first):
Sebastiaan Manders (Responsible Board-Member)
Tess Beukema (Coordinator)
Nienke de Haan
Teie van der Hoek