The Educational Resources Pool (Educatieve Middelen Pool, EMP) was established by the Executive Board of Utrecht University and encourages faculty initiatives aimed at quality improvement and innovation in education. The EMP provides support with regard to a single course, a study component, method or instrument as well as a complete curriculum, educational organization or quality assurance.
Each faculty receives EMP-hours yearly, based on the amount of students, for educational support. Ten percent of the available hours per faculty are reserved for professional consultation for academic staff.
Transition to new EMP-providers
Since the academic year 2018-2019, for 10% of the EMP-hours all faculties can choose besides the usual Educational Consultancy & Professional Development Department of the Faculty of Social Sciences, of three new EMP-providers: The Centre for Research and Development of Education, the Freudenthal Institute and USG consultancy. This percentage rises to 30% in 2019-2020 until 100% in 2022-2023. To be clear, faculties can still opt for the Educational Consultancy & Professional Development Department within this free space of EMP-hours.