Use of Quality Funds (Faculty of Science)

Financial funds for investing in quality of education

Because of the introduction of the student loan system in the Netherlands, financial funds became available to enhance the quality of higher education. In 2019 the Faculty of Science received these Quality Funds and invested the majority in small-scale and more intensive education. The remaining financial funds are used to improve student guidance.

You can read about the improvement plans in the tabs below. Some of these plans have been finished and implemented, some are still being worked on.

Are students actively involved with the improvement plans?

Of course. Since 2018, the student members of the Faculty Council and Education (Advisory) Committees have been actively involved in thinking about the improvement plans. The improvement plans are based on students' own ideas and additions from lecturers. This ensures that the Quality Funds are spent in an effective and well-considered way.

Annual monitoring progress

The departments report annually on how the Quality Funds are spent. The Education Council and Education (Advisory) Committees comment on these reports and are consulted if plans change due to circumstances.

The faculty report is drawn up with delegates from the Graduate Schools (usually the chairs from the Education Committees) and the Faculty Council (usually students) advising the Dean on progress. Each year, the Executive Board receives a faculty progress report including a financial justification so that they can incorporate this information in their annual report.

Lastly, like other courses, courses developed from Quality Funds are evaluated and fine-tuned.