With pleasure we can announce that the first SUTQ generation of the University of Twente has started in May 2016!
SUTQ is the follow up of the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ/BKO), and fits in a policy of continuous development for teachers. In this attachment the background and principles of SUTQ are described, and here you can read more about SUTQ and the HR policy.

Core of SUTQ

The teacher does research to improvement/innovation of (the own) education practice
Designs innovative education within the area of the (own) education practice.

For about one year during 160 hrs the participant works on a (-individual-) educational question. The participant determines his own personal learning path. During this period the participant receives supervision, advice, expertise etc in order to gather the necessary information and answers. In the links below you can read more about the SUTQ competence, criteria and deliverables.

For whom?

SUTQ is designed for experienced teachers (> 5 years experience), who achieved their UTQ (or exemption), have the ambition to improve the/their education and are nominated by their (or most obvious) program director. The SUTQ application procedure therefore runs through the program director.
Read more about target group & conditions for participation.

The SUTQ Project

After the application via the program director the SUTQ intake interview is the first step in the SUTQ process. Next, the participant determines his education question, which is the core of the SUTQ project. This (complex) education question which lies within the (own) education practice. Read more about the education question.

Subsequently the participant writes a SUTQ proposal with support of his supervisor in which he elaborates on the chosen topic, research question (="education question"), his time schedule, needed facilities etc. Check here for the requirements of the proposal 
Click here for the proposal format.   

In this flow diagram you'll find the visualization of the SUTQ steps & procedure.

the SUTQ pilot & program

In May 2016 we started the SUTQ in a pilot with 16 participants distributed over the 5 faculties, during one year. Organizing departments of the SUTQ are CEE and CELT. A wide and interesting variety of chosen SUTQ topics has arised. A small selection:

  • How to define wicked problems (in the context of projectbased education), also with regard to assessment? 
  • How to compile a reliable/valid digital summative test for a math course? 
  • How to implement video in the intervision/reflection part of teacher training in a practical and effective way?
  • How do cultural backgrounds influence the adaptation of students to activating teaching methods?
  • How to engage/activate all students in large classes (n=125)?
  • How to educate students skill to rewrite formulas to acquire better insight?

Article (in dutch) in UT news about SUTQ pilot

Design process and stakeholders

The SUTQ is developed in close cooperation and consultation with several stakeholders: the target group (UT teachers), program directors, deans, rector, HR and educationalists by the principle of “co-creation”. 
This means: although a lot of steps and aspects of the SUTQ are determined so far, during the pilot the joint further development of the SUTQ takes place. Along the way together we (coordination team, supervisor, participants) will experience how the SUTQ goes; what goes well and what might be improved. 

Next to the principle of co-creation also the evaluation aspect during the SUTQ and in the end will be of importance. At the end of 2017 an evaluation report will be delivered.

program and Support

The pilot program we offer is based on a Student Driven way (the participant as director of it's own learning process).
Nevertheless there are also some supporting facilities:

Every SUTQ participant is connected to an SUTQ coach (an educationalist of the CELT department), for support and consultation during the research and design process. The group of 16 SUTQ participants is devided in 4 subgroups for intervision/reflection meetings with peers. Participants are self-responsible for the organisation of these sessions
For support we also offer a series of seminars; the educational research and design seminars (ERD) and inspiration seminars (on content topices as suggested by participants).
During the SUTQ track we also started with offering SUTQ lunches for informal exchange of knowledge and questions. 

The initial SUTQ program was set up as shown in the attachment, but along the way it has been adapted to the needs and specific circumstances of participants. 
Also this program is important topic of the evaluation; how can we connect better to participants needs?


Opting and participating in the SUTQ goes through the own (or most obvious) program director.  
The intention is to start with a new SUTQ group in Spring 2018. A call for participants will be spread among educational directors around February 2018. 


At the end of the SUTQ the results of the work of the participants are to be reviewed. 
The review is based on the ideas about the assessment procedure, the assessment committee and the assessment deliverables and assessment criteria and the Competence Profile of the SUTQ.  All this is described in “Het SUTQ plan for University Twente” (CELT, March 2016). During the pilot some insights have been adjusted with the following procedure and demands as result.

 Review procedure:

  1. The participant receives final feedback from the SUTQ supervisor on the deliverables.
  2. The participant informs the SUTQ coordinator that the deliverables are ready to be reviewed.
  3. The SUTQ coordinator organizes the review committee.
  4. The committee comes to a preliminary substantiated judgement based on the review criteria.
  5. If necessary the committee will ask the participant for a supplement within 6 week after receiving the deliverables.
  6. Within 6 week after receiving the deliverables the committee will invite the participant for a review meeting/interview.
  7. During the meeting the deliverables are discussed and the participant receives the final judgement.
  8. In a festive meeting the participants will receive the certificates and they may be asked to give a short presentation concerning the SUTQ (to be decided)

Review committee

  • The director of CELT or CEE
  • The program director of the participant
  • A peer staff member, expert on (disciplinary) content.
    [This member will only review the documents and doesn’t attend the review interview]

 Obligated Deliverables:

  • A SUTQ product in which the educational question is answered, e.g., research article, design, advise. 
  • An overview / summary / abstract of the product in a poster format (A4) for showcase purposes.
  • A reflection report (see review form).
  • At the sole discretion, the participant can also add other deliverables to show the SUTQ competence

Review criteria

This review form will be used by the review committee for assessment and can be used for self diagnosis by the participant.

Contact & information

SUTQ coordinator: Marije Hahnen, m.e.hahnen@utwente.nl