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University Committee for Education (UCO)

University Committee for Education (UCO)

The University Committee for Education is an independent advisory committee of the Board of the University.

The committee is composed in the following way. Each faculty is represented by one member. Besides that, the University Council is represented by one member. To properly promote the interests of students, the committee has four independent student members. The committee is supported by a secretary from the Department of Educational Strategy and Quality Assurance of the Central University Office.


The committee has three main duties. Firstly, it advises the Board of the University on educational matters within the RUG, both on request and independently. For this, the Board of the University invites the committee at an early stage to join them in considering important (new) issues in educational policy. Secondly, the committee plays a role in the monitoring and evaluation of policies. A part of this is also the encouragement of the sharing of best practices. Thirdly, the committee monitors the quality of education through providing support in the PDCA-cycle, for example by advising the Board of the University on matters regarding the self-analysis reports (such as Critical Reflections and Education Monitors) that programmes compile for the QANU assessment visitations, as part of the preparation process for NVAO accreditations.

The UCO regulations are available online.

Current Members

Name On behalf of / Role Email
Dr. A. van den Assem (Arjan) Faculty of Spatial Sciences a.van.den.assem
Drs. M.M. Blaauw (Marieke) University of Groningen Honours College marieke.blaauw
Dr. A.M. van Trigt (Anke) Faculty of Medical Sciences a.m.van.trigt
Dr. E.K. Wilson (Erin) Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies e.k.wilson
Dr. P.P.M Smid (Peter) Economie en Bedrijfskunde p.p.m.smid
Dr. H. Steenbergen (Hilde)

Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences


Drs. F. Hemelaar (Femke)

Faculty of Philosophy


Dr. B. van Hoven (Bettina) University College Groningen b.van.hoven
Mr. Dr. J.J. Dijkstra (Jaap) Faculty of Law j.j.dijkstra

Dr. ir. C.J.G. Onderwater (Gerco)

Science and Engineering


Ir. C.T. Vrijhof (Chantal) Campus Fryslân c.t.vrijhof
Student members

Lara Ann van Burgsteden


Lisl Miedema


Lennard Pierey


Robert-Jan Makkinga



Christopher de Bruijn

Student, University Council

Teun Havinga

Student assessor of the Board of the University

J.E. Schijf (Jennifer) Secretary j.e.schijf

A.A. Veenkamp (Arnold)



R.C. Klein Nagelvoort (Rutger)

Director Education


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