Individual University Teaching Programme (i-UTP)

The individual University Teaching Programme (i-UTP) programme gives you the skills you need to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ), which is recognized by all Dutch universities as proof of the ability to develop and teach courses at university level. You start by compiling your own teaching portfolio, which should demonstrate that you possess the teaching skills corresponding to the achievement levels laid down in the UTQ. 

Who is this programme intended for?

The individual UTP is intended for teaching staff at universities in Holland who have at least ten years’ experience of teaching at university level, or who have a first-level teaching qualification for secondary schools and less than five years’ experience of teaching at university level. 

Teaching staff who have a first-level teaching qualification for secondary schools and five or more years’ experience of teaching at university level can take a first-level teaching variant of the individual University Teaching Programme.

The individual University Teaching Programme for teaching staff at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is also available in Dutch, see individueel BKO-traject for further details.

For teaching staff at universities who have less than ten years’ experience of teaching in a university context and do not have a first-level teaching qualification for secondary school teaching, there are other UTQ variants available, see University Teaching Programme (UTQ).

Content and method

In this individual programme, the way you work towards your University Teaching Qualification is tailored to your personal situation. You can plan your time flexibly and you will receive individual feedback.

Brief description of programme
On enrolment, you compile a teaching portfolio on the basis of an intake questionnaire. It must include a video recording of yourself teaching. You email this portfolio, which represents a record of your teaching practice and course design skills, to your staff developer for discussion in an intake interview. Your staff developer will also explain the role of the tutor from your own faculty. You will decide jointly on the form the programme should take leading up to the final assessment interview. If you can demonstrate during the intake interview that your teaching skills are already up to UTQ level, you can skip the rest of the programme and set a date for the final assessment interview.

Faculty tutor
We would advise you to choose an experienced member of teaching staff from your own faculty or department for this purpose. This tutor should preferably already have the UTQ certificate, though this is not absolutely essential. The tutor will fill in the UTQ Assessment Tool on the basis of the assignments you have completed, observation of your teaching and other relevant factors, and will also be present during the assessment interview. Fulfilment of these duties will take approximately three hours in total. When you have found a tutor, you should email him or her the Instructions for the tutor, the UTQ Assessment Tool and the contact details of the staff developer in charge of the programme.

Assessment and final assignments

Your staff developer, your tutor and you yourself will be present at the assessment interview. You tutor will have inspected your entire portfolio, including the video recording. Both the tutor and your staff developer will fill in the UTQ assessment tool with reference to your portfolio. Your teaching practice and course design skills will be evaluated with reference to the criteria laid down in this tool. They will discuss their findings with one another, and then with you.

UTQ Board of Examiners
If you pass, you will email a number of documents to the UTQ Board of Examiners as proof that you have mastered the required teaching practice and course design skills. The Board of Examiners reviews the documents it receives ten times a year. On approval, the UTQ can be registered in the staff database. Members of teaching staff who have successfully completed the programme receive their UTQ certificate at a ceremony held twice a year (in October/November and in March/April) at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. If you are unable to be attend the ceremony, the certificate will be sent to your work address.

Practical information

Programme durationVaries from one candidate to another, depending on their teaching skills, the amount of time they have available and the documentation required.
Date and time sessionsTo be agreed
Study load10-15 hours on average; 1-5 hours on average for candidates with the first-level teaching variant of the individual University Teaching Programme
Staff developersLiesbeth Neeskens, Liesbeth van Well-van Grootheest, Anne de la Croix, Stef Spoelder, Anja Swennen, Mary Herboldt-Soudant
LocationA location that is suitable for the candidate, or the premises used by the staff developer:
VU LEARN! Academy
Main Building, 10th & 11th floor, A wing
De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam
PriceTeaching staff at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam: € 50.00 (administration costs) 
VUmc staff: € 2,300.00 
Standard price: € 2,500.00 
EnrolmentPlease fill in the UTQ Registration Form. The UTQ coordinator will check your application if necessary and refer you to a staff developer who will supervise you during the individual UTQ programme.
ContactLucretia Prade, learnacademy@vu.nl for information on enrolment, planning and payment.