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Senior University Teaching Qualification (SUTQ)

SUTQ – Science

This is the overview page for all faculty regulations and references to the Senior University Teaching Qualification (SUTQ). If you wish to get your SUTQ, you can use this page as a start off point. Here, you will find the necessary documents, hyperlinks, and people.

What is SUTQ?

SUTQ stands for Senior University Teaching Qualification and is sometimes called the Senior Teaching Qualification (STQ) at other universities. The competences needed for the SUTQ are in addition to the ones required for the UTQ. In the document [SUTQ teacher profile Science] the differences in the competences is explained and highlighted what is expected in addition to the UTQ qualification.  A SUTQ teacher is usually highly skilled in a number of the competences.

The Faculty of Science asks all assistant professors to qualify for the SUTQ and highly recommends all programme coordinators to get one as well.

Procedure of testing

You are expected to show your skill in the competences required from a SUTQ teacher. If you need any help with this, please contact Sven Vrins from the Education Support Department (s.vrins@oo.ru.nl and www.ru.nl/oo/SvenVrins). He can help you get a personal coach to advise you, for example, on compiling your portfolio for the SUTQ qualification.

Assessment for the SUTQ testing occurs by a testing committee on the basis of your digital portfolio and an additional meeting.

Step 1: Prepare your digital portfolio

Place your SUTQ portfolio on the faculty server and be sure to make a clear distinction between the UTQ and SUTQ in the files. Should you not have access to the servers yet, please send an email to bko@science.ru.nl.

The portfolio consists of:

  • An up-to-date education CV, updated in respect to the UTQ CV (if applicable). For a template please check [Template for education CV];
  • A self evaluation in relation to the competences and achievements. For a template check [Template for self evaluation] (docx, 23 kB);
  • Examples from multiple sources. For example, student course evaluations, documentation on innovation, and improvement plans.

Step 2: Apply for assessment

We recommend you first ask Sven Vrins to check your portfolio to see whether it meets the requirements for testing. Doing so before applying for testing will save both you and the members of the testing committee time and effort.

When the digital portfolio is all set, you can apply for assessment, please send an email to bko@science.ru.nl.

Step 3: Manner of testing

The SUTQ testing committee for your education institute is the same as for the UTQ: check [ UTQ assessment committees ]. External advisor for each of these committees is Sven Vrins (s.vrins@oo.ru.nl).

After your application, the members of the committee will study your portfolio and assess it on the basis of [ Test criteria SUTQ Science ]. Check [SUTQ teacher’s profile Science] for an overview of the criteria for both the UTQ and the SUTQ.

Then, you will be invited over for a meeting with the committee. The committee will discuss with you whether or not they can give a positive recommendation to the dean right after the meeting Perhaps you will need to meet some additional requirements or gain more experience before qualifying for the SUTQ.

Step 4: Result

In the case of a positive recommendation, you will receive a SUTQ certificate, signed by the dean and along with it the recommendation of the committee. This usually takes a few weeks.

Supporting documents

SUTQ coaching

The Education Support department also offers SUTQ coaching. All teachers at the Faculty of Science can apply for this (for free). This offers the possibility of going through your SUTQ process in an efficient and effective way, since you will not have to reinvent the wheel.