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University Teaching Qualification (UTQ)

Overview of all faculty regulations and references to the UTQ (in Dutch: BKO) of the Faculty of Science.

If you are working on your University Teaching Qualification (UTQ), please use this webpage as your starting point.

Here, you will find the required documents, hyperlinks, and contact persons. You are advised to study the documents in the order as described below.

UTQ procedure

  • Visit the RU lecturer page for general information about the UTQ and the three steps plan for getting your qualification. 
    An important first step is attending on of the monthly UTQ meetings that are organised by Team Education & Teacher Development (part of Academic Affairs). During this meeting, more will be explained about what a UTQ entails, how you can develop in preparation, how you are assessed, and which support is available.
  • Next, you can make choices that suit your own development towards the UTQ, such as attending education-inspiration sessions, seminars hosted by the Radboud Teaching & Learning Centre, and the Radboud Education Days. It is expected that a lecturer is largely self-managing in this process. More experienced lecturers, who would like to put together their UTQ portfolio together with colleague-lecturers (from several faculties), can partake in a UTQ-community.
  • Your UTQ competencies are assessed with a self-evaluation portfolio and an assessment meeting with your education institute (see below). During this meeting, you will discuss your development as a teacher in light of the UTQ. This means that, on the one hand, the committee will assess your UTQ competencies, and on the other hand this meeting allows for (for example) further discussion of relevant educational themes, but also your initiatives for further developing your teaching abilities. 
    Practical: the portfolio consists of several elements and must be created on the faculty UTQ server: \\bko-srv.science.ru.nl\bko (see https://wiki.science.ru.nl/cncz/Netwerkschijf for more information on linking your network drive). If there is not a folder with your name, please contact bko@science.ru.nl.
  • Once the portfolio is ready for assessment, you can request an assessment meeting at the UTQ committee of your education institute (via bko@science.ru.nl). 
    Before the meeting, there will be a check whether your portfolio is complete (are all documents included?) and can be assessed (are all UTQ criteria met?). This check is not a assessment of quality, as only the UTQ committee assesses the quality.
  • Finally, based on the portfolio and the assessment meeting, the committee will decide whether they will send a positive UTQ advice to the dean of the Faculty of Science, who will officially award the qualification. In case of a positive advice, you will receive a UTQ certificate, as well as a copy of the UTQ advice. In case of a negative advice, you will be requested to provide additions to the criteria concerned.

UTQ Assessment Committee

Biosciences institute

  • Prof. Ad Ragas
  • Dr Richard Bartfai
  • Dr Sven Vrins (external advisor)

Molecular Sciences institute

  • Prof. Elias Vlieg (Director of Education)
  • Dr Dennis Löwik
  • Dr Sven Vrins (external advisor)

Physics & Astronomy and Mathematics institute

  • Prof. Uli Zeitler (Director of Education)
  • Prof. Bert Kappen
  • Dr Sven Vrins (external advisor)

Information Sciences and Computing Science institute

  • Prof. Lejla Batina
  • Dr Sven Vrins (external advisor)

ISIS institute

  • Dr Luca Consoli
  • Dr Sven Vrins (extern adviseur)

Additional documents


  • In order to be able to construct a complete UTQ portfolio, you will need to have gained experience in all UTQ-relevant educational tasks. Please discuss your UTQ ambitions before you start with your managers, and check with them if your educational resume is sufficient (or will be within a reasonable period).
  • All forms of educational support (for example, Teaching Information Point FoS, Radboud Teaching & Learning Centre, UTQ communities) are free of charge.
  • English Language proficiency: for both the UTQ as well as the UKO, English proficiency is required: you need to show you are proficient in English on a C2 level of CEF/CEFR. Unless you are a native speaker, you will need to do a language test (Oxford Online Placement Test: OOPT) at Radboud in'to Languages.