The elected AStA
We are the democratically elected, political student representation at the University of Mannheim.
In accordance with the State University Act, the General Student Committee has an executive board that represents the constituted student body.
At the University of Mannheim, this therefore includes all 12,000 students.
The elected representatives work in six departments and the executive board to improve your everyday study life and to create new opportunities for you on campus.
Board and departments
Melina Arnold (she/her) & Marco Haupt (he/him)
As chairpersons of the AStA and the VS, we represent the student body vis-à-vis the university and externally vis-à-vis the city and the state.
We decide on the content of the AStA’s work. This includes, for example, the staffing and distribution of the departments, the decision on which events are planned by the AStA and the implementation of major projects. For example, the cooperation with nextbike, the culture ticket and our campaign against compulsory attendance.
We also have a lot of administrative work to do: As a public corporation, the VS is a state institution and therefore bound by many guidelines and regulations that must be adhered to. Ultimately, however, the administrative work also serves to ensure that we can offer you an active student body and a wide range of activities on campus!
External Affairs officer & officer for Equal Opportunities
Frederik Blank (he/him)
My name is Freddy (Frederik), I study economics and maths, I was born in NRW and I am 25 years old.
After almost 6 years of active university politics and most recently a good year as AStA chair, I would like to tackle some issues as a speaker for equality and external affairs, which have unfortunately been somewhat lost in the chaotic day-to-day business, but which are very close to my heart.
My goals can be summarised quite well as:
1. equal opportunities, 2. justice, 3. networking, 4. creating awareness (students, university, country, public) and 5. creating real (!) compensation for the disadvantaged and minorities.
In detail, this means, among other things, that during my term in office I would like to stand up for and advocate for students with disabilities and chronic illnesses and their rights and equality. This includes, in particular, new regulations in the State University Act and improvements in compensation for disadvantages.
Furthermore, I will advocate for equality and equal rights for all genders and people of all origins, religions and sexual orientations, especially towards the university and at the state level.
In the course of this, I would like to create structures that ensure more non-male professors, for example.
I would also like to put a special focus on cooperation with other student bodies and in the state student representation, because together we are stronger!
One more thing is very important to me: As a speaker, I see myself as being totally at the service of the students. So if you have any input, questions, ideas or constructive criticism, I’m always open and grateful. In addition, the door is always open for you to actively participate in my department and work together to make our beloved university a better place.
Groups and projects
A look at the half-yearly statement of semester fees reveals: not all of the €194.30 goes to the university. 14€ of your fees end up in the AStA’s finance department, which manages the overall budget of the student body (i.e. the AStA, the student parliament, the doctoral students and the departmental representatives).
The main work of the Finance Department is unfortunately not very public, but it is all the more spectacular because, in addition to the everyday processing of applications, the negotiation of contracts with Nextbike or VRN, for example, or the preparation of a new budget for the following year are also assigned to this department. The Finance Department keeps things running and makes the work of the AStA departments and the student councils possible.
And who sits in this finance department? According to the state university law, it needs at least two people: on the one hand, the elected honorary finance officer from the ranks of the students and a full-time budget officer (BfH), who advises and supports the work of the finance officer and the AStA chair with a lot of experience. Karin Schaab is our budget officer. I, Clara Schünemann, hold the office of Finance Officer. Tim Köhler is also currently employed by us and supports us. In addition, there are several other student volunteers who deal with individual topics of the department and enrich the work. We also work closely with the student body financiers, the university and, of course, the AStA chair and the AStA departments.
If you are interested in working in the finance department or have questions about our work, please contact us directly at finanzen[at]asta-uni-mannheim.de.
Clara Schünemann (she/her)
Public Relations Department
Officer for PR
Ioana Paul (she/her)
What exactly does the General Students’ Committee do?
The Public Relations Office was created to answer this question for the students.
The main task of the Public Relations Office is to prepare information and work for the students and to keep them up to date.
To this end, the Public Relations Officer looks after and maintains the website of the General Students’ Committee, the AStA Facebook page and the AStA Instragram account.
In cooperation with other departments of the AStA, the Public Relations Office also takes care of the further development of the UNIMALENDER so that in future students can receive all the information about the events of the constituted student body easily and without a flood of flyers.
Another important component of public relations is the bASta.
The bAStA is the student newspaper of the General Students’ Committee and reports on university politics and student life at the University of Mannheim.
If you would like to help us with public relations, please get in touch via Facebook, Instagram or by email to oeffentlichkeit[at]asta-uni-mannheim.de!
Niklas Beller (he/him)
As campus officer, I would like to make life on campus more pleasant for you students. This includes creating offers, accepting wishes, suggestions and comments, organising and communicating.
So far, our bicycle repair station in front of the refectory and our bicycle workshop, which will soon be reopened, offer you help with small and large repairs to your bike. Following the motto “Sharing is Caring”, a public bookcase has been set up next to the Campus Shop.
Furthermore, I am the contact person for all initiatives and take care of their concerns and questions, the accreditation and reaccreditation process, as well as the initiative market and the pub crawl during freshers’ week.
In addition, I coordinate and organise projects that have a significant impact on campus life. At the moment, the “Cup-to-Go” project is in the starting blocks and has the goal of abolishing all 400,000 disposable cups (p.a.) at the University of Mannheim. This and many other projects are being promoted by the Campus Office in cooperation with the Sustainability Department of the Campus Office, the Studierendenwerk, the Service und Marketing GmbH and the University Administration.
If you also have cool projects or ideas, don’t hesitate to write to me. I look forward to hearing from you!
Groups and Projects
Social Affairs Department
Social Affairs officer
Umut Avci (he/him)
The Social Department primarily tries to support students with social problems that can occur both during and outside of their studies.
Social problems have a broad definition: from BAföG to the threat of exmatriculation to housing problems, you can contact the Social Office at soziales[at]asta-uni-mannheim.de. If you need additional support, you will be provided with free legal advice.
We are there for you from the beginning of your studies.
If you are still looking for accommodation and your studies are about to start, please visit our AStA Couchsurfing Facebook group.
Do you want to earn some extra money while studying?
Then take a look at our AStA Job Exchange, where new job offers are uploaded regularly. It’s also worth visiting the scholarship exchange organised by the Social Department.
Here you can talk to current scholarship holders, get an overview of different scholarship offers and get tips for your own application.
The Social Department is also working on being able to support you financially in emergency situations in the future through the introduction of the emergency scholarship.
During your studies, problems can arise that place an additional burden on you. The Social Department deals with these issues and will not leave you alone. You are always welcome to contact us, even if we don’t immediately have the right answer to your question, we often know who we can refer you to.
Groups and Projects
Paula Schmelzer (she/her)
Everything that has to do with culture can be found in the culture department. We work in many different ways to make cultural events accessible to all students, regardless of their budget.
We organise readings, band evenings, exhibitions and take you to Mannheim’s cultural venues on our visit day. For those who like films on the big screen, we offer a weekly cinema in the lecture hall. And so that you can get a taste of Mannheim’s cultural offerings for free, we regularly give away free tickets.
If there is something missing from the list, you are cordially invited to join the KulturAStA and enrich the programme with your ideas. The KulturAStA is the heart of the cultural department, where we brainstorm and plan all our events. We are open to everything. We love creative ideas!
To make sure you don’t miss any of our offers, follow us on instagram @kulturasta_unima or send us an email.