17 January 2019

Nominations for teacher awards 2018/2019 announced

Winners teacherawards UU 2017/2018

Utrecht University has awarded the Teacher Awards since 1994, to encourage academic teachers to continuously improve their teaching and to show them appreciation. For new lecturers (up to five years of experience) the Teaching Talent Award and for experienced lecturers the Outstanding Teacher Award. Every year, student associations in Utrecht can nominate a lecturer for these prizes and this year, a record number of 37 lecturers have been nominated: 22 for the Outstanding Teacher Award and 15 for the Teaching Talent Award.

A jury comprising Utrecht lecturers and students has selected four nominees for the Outstanding Teaching Award and four nominees for the Teaching Talent Award from the nominations. Criteria include the educational vision of the lecturer, the creation of student interaction and the students’ learning experience.

The nominations

Teacher Talent Award:

  • Laurens van Meeteren (teacher in biology, by study association UBV)
  • Jillis van Maaren (teacher in veterenary sciences, by study association DSK)
  • Marij Swinkels (teacher in public administration and organization science, by study association Perikles)
  • Patrick Wijchers (teacher at University College Utrecht, by the Academic student council)

Outstanding Teacher Award:

  • Liesbeth Bijlsma (teacher in farmaceutical sciences, by study association UP)
  • Kees van den Bos (teacher in psychology, by study association Alcmaeon)
  • Niels Bovenschen (teacher in biomedical sciences, by study association Mebiose)
  • Bouke van Gorp (teacher in human geography and spatial planning, by study association V.U.G.S.)

The winner will be chosen from this nominee shortlist. To decide, the jury will speak with the study associations that nominated the lecturers. The winners will be announced during Utrecht University’s annual education day: the Onderwijsparade on 7 March. The official prize ceremony will take place during the University Dies on 26 March. Are you eager to know who will win the much-coveted prizes this year? Visit the Onderwijsparade or keep an eye on intranet on the day.

The jury consists of Ronald Bleys, Maud Groenewoud (student Dutch language and culture), Margot Koster, Sigrid Merx, Haza Rahim, Bernadette van de Rijt, Ruud Schotting (chair), Ella Schunselaar  (student biology) and Arjen Vredenberg and is supported by the Centre for Academic Teaching.