Student Democracy


Do you have questions regarding the student democracy on MF? Send us an e-mail or visit us in our office on the library on the 2nd     floor at MF.

Student Democracy

All institutions have different ways of organizing a student democracy. At MF the General Assembly is the highest organ, which is held once per semester. Here all MF students have the right to attend, speak and vote. The General Assembly decides the budget, annual report, action plan and accounting. Furthermore, the statute may change, the election of representatives to student organs will take place and other matters affecting the students will be discussed.

The Student Council is the body that is the supreme governing student body of the day. The Student Council is elected by and among MF students. The Student Council is the link between administration, students and external student organizations, and meet regularly during a semester. The Student Council consists of Leader, Deputy Leader/Politically Responsible, Environmentally Responsible, Internationally Responsible, Member for Theology and History,Member for Religion and Social Science and Member for Religion and Pedagogics. Students are represented through the Student Council through all the governing bodies at the MF.

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Additionally, MF also has The International Student Union-MF (ISU-MF), which is committed to the social, academic and political interests of all international students.

The Student Council

Studentrådet høst 2018

The Student Council

The Student Council (SR) at MF works for the students' welfare and rights, locally, regionally and nationally. SR consists of eight different positions (and persons), and represents the students in all important councils, committees and boards at MF. SR also arranges social, academic, and political events in the students’ interests.

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Apply for Funding


Apply for Funding

Do you have an idea for an event, association, club or other initiatives that can in favour for many MF students? Then the Student Council would like to assist financially. As part of a larger commitment to volunteerism among the students at MF, the Student Council released NOK 30,000,- in the budget for 2018    which students can apply for.

Here you will find everything you need to know about who can apply, what you can apply for, what you cannot apply for, and the link to the application form.

Who can apply for funding?

All students that have paid the semester fee at MF can apply. Applicants may be either one student or a group of students. Student associations related to MF are also welcome to apply for funding; however, the Student Council currently encourages student associations to seek financial support first from The Board of Cultural Affairs

For more detailed information see the    Student's Allocating fund criteria (pdf - only in Norwegian  for now)

What can you apply for?

Students can apply for funding for:
1 – Project support to an event, a concept, or an activity.
2 – Investment support: for instance sports equipment (soccer, table tennis, volleyball, etc).

The student council will prioritize applications that will have an impact on a larger number of students.

What can you not apply for?

This funding is not normally granted to applicants who are already receiving support from the present budget of the Student Council. Applicants who, without a valid reason, exclude or in another way make discrimination against some students cannot be granted support whatsoever. The Student Council also does not allocate the funding to the applicant's own travel expenses, or to applicants where the money will be used to pay fees and/or salaries. Any appeal of a Student Council decision must be made within two weeks after the date it was made.

Application Deadlines

The application deadline is normally  7 working days before the next Student Council meeting.

You will find the application form here.

What does the application consist of?

The application must include:
a) Applicant's name, telephone number and address
b) Contact person for the project with address, telephone number, e-mail and study extension. The applicant and contact person can be the same person.
c) Applicant's purpose with a justification of how this is relevant to MF students
d) Presentation of the measure for which support is sought
e) Budget of the project

After conducting the project, the applicant must also submit a simple report with accounting. The report should describe how the project was conducted and what experiences resulted from the project.

Student Politics

The General Assembly

Responsible for student
politics 2018/2019: 

Mia Cecilie Welten

Student Politics

What are Student Politics about?

As a student, you are in a very special situation in your life. You must go to lecture, read thousands of pages from the curriculum, maneuver through subject plans and timetables, and eventually take the exam. While all this takes place, you should also live, be social, attend leisure activities and maybe need healthcare. All this within completely unique economic conditions compared to other groups in society. How should your education be organized? What welfare programs should students have access to? These are two overall student policy issues that are important for students to a part of the decisions making.  

The Student Council works for the students' best interests in education quality, economics and welfare, learning environment, social measures and internationalization, across and through management at MF, The Student Welfare Organisation of Oslo and Akershus (SiO) and The National Union of Students in Norway (NSO).


External Organizations

The Student Council works with organizations outside MF, on the regional (Oslo and Akershus) as well as national level:

The National Union of Students in Norway (Norsk studentorganisasjon, or NSO in Norwegian)

The general assembly at MF, together with the student democracies from most schools, colleges, and universities in Norway, is a member of the National Union of Students (NSO). This is our common organization working politically on behalf of all member teams with politicians and interest groups, and also with support and development of student democracy locally. NSO consists of a number of positions, and as an MF student you can run for many of them in the yearly, including disciplinary committees and organizational committees. If you have any questions, please contact the NSO on or take a look at their website.

Financial support and the Student Association of Oslo and Akershus - SiO (regional)

All universities and colleges that receive public funding must be linked to a student union, which focuses on students' welfare needs on campus. MF is a member of the Student Association of Oslo and Akershus (SiO). Therefore, students at MF pay a small fee so that you can take advantage of the deals that SiO offers to their members. Those advantages include: student housing, health and counselling services, sports, the bookshop Akademika, student preschools, and cafeterias/cafes. Read more about SiO on website.

The Welfare Council (regional)

The Welfare Council (Velferdstinget, abbreviated VT) is a student council founded in 2004 which consists of student representatives from the different institutions of higher education that are members of  The Student Welfare Organisation of Oslo and Akershus​ (SiO). Our mandate is to communicate the students’ wishes and demands towards SiO and the services they supply. VT is also the electorate for students in the various boards of SiO. Read more about this council here.


Student Democracy at MF

All academic institutions have different ways of working with the student democracy. Here at MF, the General Assembly is the highest governing body for the student council, and that takes place once per semester. In this assembly, all students at MF may speak, give their opinion and proposals. The general assembly also deals with matters such as the budget, annual report, plan of the respective year, and accounting. In those meetings, the regulations may also be changed, representatives to student bodies are nominated, and other issues that concern students at MF are addressed.

The Student Council is the highest governing body for the daily needs of students. This council is chosen by and among of the students at MF. It is the link between administration, the students, and external student organizations. The Student Council holds frequent meetings throughout the semester.

Get Involved!

Get involved!

Get Involved!

There are many ways of getting involved in the Student Democracy, from being a representative member for a certain study area to being a candidate in the Norwegian student organization.   You will find more information about the variety of ways you can get involved below:

Course Representative

Each semester MF offers courses within the following areas: Theology and History, Religion and Social Studies, Religion and Pedagogics. Each of these areas has a representative member; and within these areas each course has a  Course Representative, who has to be a student in the respective course, and put together information about course literature, assignments, and exams.  

Each semester the Student Council works to have one Course Representative for as many courses as it is possible. A Course Representative is a student, and his/her role is to care for the rest of the students in regards to that course. It is not always easy to contact a teacher to complain, to ask questions, or to provide additional feedback. The Course Representative is also a resource for the representative member in the respective area; it is nice to have one student so that the representative member may get suggestions and contributions from the students for a certain course.

A Course Representative can also be a contact person for the Student Council. Through the Course Representatives the Student Council has contact with the students at a deeper level and in as many subjects as it is possible.

A Course Representative is, therefore,;an intermediary. On the one hand, he/she is an intermediary between the students and the representative member/teacher; on the other hand, they are an intermediary between the students and the Student Council.

Different positions in the Student Council

Are you wondering the different position in the Student Council are and what are they all about? Then you are in the right place. Here you will get a short introduction of the different positions:

Leads the work of the Student Council and is part of the general board at MF. The Leader is responsible for preparing the Student Council meetings, helping with the inquiries of all students, leading the members of the council, and is also responsible for information and promotion of the work performed by the Student Council, and is responsible for the General Assembly.

Deputy Leader/Academically Responsible
Deputy Leader acts as the Leader in his/her absence.
The academic director coordinates the work with the representative member, has responsibility for the academic arrangements as well as the evaluation of subjects. The Academically responsible also has the responsibility for the Course Representatives’ nomination.

Politically Responsible
Coordinates the student political work of the Student Council. He/she is responsible to contact The National Union of Students in Norway (NSO), The Student Welfare Organisation of Oslo and Akershus (SiO) and The Welfare Council​ (VT).

Environmentally Responsible
Coordinates the environmental work of the Student Council. Is the main person responsible for the Student Council's allocation of funding, contact with the Cafeteria, and ensuring that all events at MF are performed under a good social environment.

Member for Theology and History
Represents the students from Theology and History and is also part in the council for the department of Theology and History.

Member for Religion and Social Studies
Represents the students from Religion and Social Studies area and is also part in the council for the department of Religion and Social Studies.

Member for Religion and Pedagogics
Represents the students from Religion and Pedagogics area and is also part in the council for the department of Religion and Pedagogics.

In additional to these duties, there is also an exchange of miscellaneous tasks between the Student Council members.

The Election Committee

Would you or someone you know could like to run for a position in the Student Council? Then the election committee would very much like to talk to you! The nomination committee has been appointed by the General Assembly and is always looking for candidates for the Student Council elections.

There are elections every semester; In the autumn, the positions available for elections are Deputy Leader/Academically Responsible, Environmentally responsible, Member for Religion and Social Studies and Member for Religion and Pedagogics, while in the spring these are available: Leader, Politically Responsible, Internationally Responsible and Member for Theology and History.

A - Z Student Democracy

The General Assembly

A - Z Student Democracy

General Assembly
The highest governing body representing the students at MF. In this assembly, all students at MF may speak, give their opinion and proposals. This assembly also deals with matters such as budget, annual report, planning of the respective year, and accounting, as well as the nomination of representatives to student bodies, and other issues that concern students at MF.

Advisory Board for the Departments
This group decides matters related to disciplines and study programs.

Course Representative
Selected among students for each subject, and is an intermediary between the students of the respective subject, the lecturer, and the Student Council.

The Help Fund
NOK 40,- (voluntary) of semester fee goes to MF's student help fund. The General Assembly elects a new project every Spring in order to apply this fund.

The Controll Committee
Has the supreme authority for interpretation of rules in general assemblies, and makes sure that the general assembly, elections, and the Student Council's work are done correctly.

Learning Environment Committee
Body responsible for everything related to the study environment at MF.

The National Union of Students in Norway (NSO)
Works on behalf of the student's interests  before politicians and other relevant bodies.

Solidarity and development organization that works with educational assistance, information, and political advocacy. NOK 10,- (voluntary) of the semester fee goes to this organization.

The Student Welfare Organisation of Oslo and Akershus, which focuses on students' welfare needs on campus and in region of Oslo and Akershus.

The Student Council
The highest governing body working on a daily basis on behalf of the students at MF and is chosen in the General Assembly. It consists of eight different positions, which are filled from students at MF. Every semester half of the members of Student Council are chosen by the students at MF.

The Board
The highest body at MF.

Academic Affairs Committee
Makes overall decisions regarding studies at MF. It also coordinates the work going on in the Studies Department Council/Academic Board.

Each semester an election is held to choose the representatives of the Student Council. The students that pay the semester fee at MF have the right to participate in this election.

Welfare Council
A student council founded in 2004, which consists of student representatives from the different institutions of higher education that are members of the Foundation for Student Life in Oslo and Akershus (SiO).

About Us

About Us

The Student Council is the highest representative of the student body at MF. 

The members of the Student Council Spring 2019 are:

Johanne Norum Hansen
95 94 04 36


Deputy leader / Academically Responsible
Birgitte Kessel
99 25 52 21


Politically Responsible 
Mia Cecilie Welten


Environmentally Responsible 
Tom Toshio Kagge









Internationally Responsible

Olivia Lowenberg


Member for Theology and History
Simon Eikill-Moen


Member for Religion and Pedagogics

Lina-Viktoria Hovden Standal


Editor of Ung Teologi Ole Gustav Klevberg                                                                              

The Student Council's employees

Øystein Parelius






Visiting Address:
The Student Council has its office in the library on the 2nd    floor.
Gydasvei 4, Majorstuen Oslo
Phone: 22590506

You can also send us an e-mail!

Teacher of the Year

Teacher of the Year

Every year, the students select the MF Teacher of the Year. According to the Statute, recipients of the award Teacher of the Year must be: "(...) one academic employee teaches at MF. The recipient must have demonstrated commitment to teaching, academic expertise, ability to create independent reflection among the students and have excellent ability to communicate."

To nominate candidates for the Teacher of the Year 2018, send an e-mail to, along with a reason why you think that they should win the Teacher of the Year prize.

Winners previous years:
2017 - John Kaufman
2016 - Glenn Øystein Wehus
2015 - Hanne Birgitte Sødal Tveito
2014 - Arild Romarheim
2013 - Kjetil Fretheim


International Student Union

International Student Union

The International Students' Union is committed to the social, academic and political interests of all the international and Norwegian students studying at MF. You are always welcome to contact us if you have any queries or curiosities. 

Mobile: +4746386893

You are welcome to join our Facebook group!

Click here for more information about ISU-Norway.