Skills for new students (TCS)

In this project, lecturer/researchers integrate skills training for new students into their specialised programme. Students learn how to read, summarise and annotate academic texts, as well as compare them and produce verbal and written reports on them. Students also learn how to deal with the standards required for writing about academic research.

  • Duration: 2012 – 2015
Interdisciplinary core subjects (LAS)

LAS students are introduced to the concept of inderdisciplinarity from the first year of their programme. Dr Ria van der Lecq and a team of colleagues developed four specialised courses for this very purpose, in which students learn how to deal with the similarities and differences between various academic disciplines. They do this using a step-by-step plan for interdisciplinary research. This equips students with the skills needed to finish their Bachelor's programme with an interdisciplinary final paper.


In this project, the TCS study society ALIAS pairs students with graduates. The pairs meet together several times throughout the academic year to discuss how the programme is preparing the student for various professions. This enables students to discover the various skills they have acquired subconsciously, such as writing skills, flexibility, creativity and independence. These equip the students to make conscious choices, both during their degree programme and after. It also allows students to benefit from the contacts they make within the network of graduates.

  • Duration: since 2011
Tutorship and portfolio

Support to students in the broad LAS and TCS Bachelor's programmes is provided through the tutorship programme, in which the portfolio plays a major role. For their portfolio, students are required to complete reflection assignments at regular intervals, to discuss their choices and share their learning experiences. Working on the portfolio enables the student to gain experience with the multiple roles of the academic: those of researcher, specialist, professional and intellectual.

Personal and academic development of students

The portfolio is not only a supervisory instrument but, first and foremost, a place in which the student reflects on his or her personal and academic development. In 2014 LAS initiated an evaluation of the extent to which LAS students are able to demonstrate in their self-reflections that they are equipped with 21st century skills, and in particular self-authorship.