University Teaching Qualification (UTQ)
The University Teaching Qualification (UTQ or in Dutch, BKO) is a proof of pedagogic competence for teachers in academic education. All employees who teach courses at the University of Groningen are required to obtain this qualification. As it is a national requirement, lecturers with the UTQ certificate are considered to be qualified for academic teaching by fourteen Dutch research universities.
The UTQ certification enhances and assures the quality of academic education by focusing on four main 'competencies' of teaching:
- Design and redesign of courses
- Teaching and supervising students
- Testing and assessment
Steps of the UTQ
Step 1 - Register for an intake meeting
Though a national certification program, varied pathways exist towards obtaining your qualification based on how much experience you have in the four competencies of teaching. Therefore, it is important to first register for the UTQ and have an initial intake meeting with one of our university 'Teaching Coaches' in order to map out your UTQ plan.
Exceptions Faculty of Science and Engineering and Faculty of Medical Sciences
If you are employed at the Faculty of Science and Engineering, please contact Ferdinand van der Graaf (fse-utq rug.nl) to register for FSE’s UTQ process, rather than using the registration link below.
If you are employed at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, please contact the Institute of Medical Education (firstname.lastname@example.org), before using the registration link below.
After registering for the UTQ you will receive an invitation for an intake meeting. Due to the summer holidyas, this meeting will be scheduled not earlier than the first weeks of September. In preparation of this conversation, the invitation will also include instructions about sending your teaching CV and an 'intake form.'
Step 2 - Enroll in the UTQ modules
After the intake meeting, 'regular' UTQ candidates will fill out their 'Action Plan' which contains their personal learning goals for the UTQ. Furthermore, you will enroll in three separate modules based on the UTQ competencies. Each module consists of 2 half-day workshops that include discussions with fellow teachers, educational content, and reflective UTQ assignments. These assignments from all three modules will eventually be compiled into one final ‘Teaching portfolio.’
You may register for each module separately under the 'UTQ regular' tab at the bottom of this page, but please note that you must have an intake meeting before doing so.
Step 3 - Compile your Teaching Portfolio
Throughout the program, your individual Action Plan and reflective assignments from the modules (such as teaching observations, student evaluations, etc) will be saved in a Google Drive folder that will be shared with you. These files will be arranged into your final Teaching portfolio which will be housed in a digital format. For instructions and an overview about how this works, please view the video below.
Once completed and assessed, you will have a mandatory final meeting with your Teaching Coach and possibly your department supervisor. After that, you are done with the UTQ and will receive a certificate at one of our bi-annual ceremonies.
Questions about the UTQ? Please contact Staff Development (email@example.com).
At the University of Groningen there are two variants of the UTQ trajectory:
1. UTQ Regular trajectory (<5 years of academic teaching)
2. UTQ-registration (>5 years of academic teaching)
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