The provisions of the State Employees’ Representation Act in North Rhine-Westphalia (LPVG) require universities to establish staff councils for academic staff members. The academic staff council at the Heinrich Heine University advises and represents staff members in all faculties at the university.
On 16th July 2011 a revised LPVG came into effect. The Staff Council for academic staff now also represents the interests of public servants employed for a time, academic assistants, and lecturers with at least 4 course hours. In addition to those duties defined by law, the staff council is especially important as a point of contact for all questions related to tariff regulations and labour law.