Shaping Expert Groups final reports

At the end of January the SEG’s presented their final reports and advice to the executive Board and We are happy to inform that the board granted discharge to all SEGs and their advice will be followed-up.

During the past two years six Shaping Expert Groups were formed to connect initiatives and support staff in reaching our Shaping 2030 goals. These themes were chosen based on the need for an integral and bottom-up approach and effort. In every SEG colleagues and sometimes students worked together to share knowledge, experience, and best practices in order to move the UT forward in their Shaping2030 Strategy.

Innovation of Education
The SEG IoE was active in several domains of education and functioned as a sounding board function on subjects like Lifelong Learning and Challenge Based Learning. With the end of the SEG, this function will also not be present at UT. Therefore, the SEG advices to start with a UT-wide platform to support policymaking on education at UT; The educational Innovation platform. The platform is advised to be connected to the UCOW.

(Citizen) Science
The current societal changes require dynamic and open innovation with cooperation between universities, other knowledge institutes, companies, citizens and society. The SEG did research in how UT can optimise its’s impact in the field of Citizen Science. Based on the results of a survey held by the SEG, which stated that there is a strong need for coordination, facilitation and communication, the SEG advices to establish a core team Citizen Science at UT, accommodated at Designlab, which is already approved by the EB. This helps UT and Designlab expanding its expertise of co-shaping societal changes and designing the future.

Individuals and Teams 
The SEG operated in line with the national program Recognition and Rewards and organised several round tables to get a feel with of whether everyone feels recognizes and rewarded within UT. Overall the SEG concluded that UT is doing well, but thinks that UT can accomplish much more and the work is not done yet. The SEG advice to start with a R&Rteam has been approved and is already in place. In close collaboration with the service department HR, they focus on:

  • formulating UT policy on talent development
  • Transferring criteria and ideas throughout employee workflow processes
  • Develop R&R policy for the support staff

The SEG created a vision on digitalisation for UT that will guide the university for the next years and steer the Digitalisation Roadmap. The roadmap has goals per domain as well as activities to reach those goals. With the end of the SEG the IT-strategy board will be put in place to take over the strategic tasks the SEG had.

Inclusion is something we do together. In that spirit the SEG organised several round tables on the subjects: Internalisation, disability, first generation students, ethnicity, Religion, women equity, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. This gives a wide sense of the current state of inclusion at UT and what could be improved. In the final report all the findings are presented and per subject concrete suggestions are given. In brief, the improvements concern

  • Individual awareness and skills, behaviour
  • Interpersonal communication and interaction
  • Findability and quality of support
  • Structural barriers
  • Organisational culture

The report has been given to the DE&I office and they will follow-up on the actions.

Climate change is one of the most urgent and wicked challenges of the 21st century and is a matter that many students and staff is concerned about. In absence of a wide initiative and commitment, staff and students have been self-organising in different ways to contribute to climate change. In order to maximise impact of UT on this subject, the SEG focused on bringing all the different initiatives together to get a sense of overview. The advice of the SEG is to make ‘climate’ an embedded priority of UT forming a UT Climate Initiative. With this UT Climate Initiative there is a coordinating lead team that has funding and an advisory board to secure climate as a long-term commitment for UT.

The EB thanks everyone who contributed in any way to the SEGs. Whether it was as a member or if you participated in research, round tables, sounding boards etc. For more detailed information and every final report please visit the Shaping2030 topic page.

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