The UCU Futures Team

The UCU Futures Team is led by Student Life Officer, Mark Baldwin. He has a background in university careers guidance and employability, and oversees the UCU Futures project.

The Career Development Officer, Dr. Bas Defize, has an advisory role for students in planning their future.

Other members of the UCU Futures Team include Exchange Officer, Carla Kist, a variety of tutors and other support staff.

Together, they can help students to develop their readiness for further study, find information on post UCU opportunities, explore internships, and become better networked.. The team is not an unlimited source of information about each and every study program or employment opportunity, but will gladly assist you in finding the right people to contact for specific information, such as fellows, teachers employers and alumni. In the Futures Centre you can find a variety of books, flyers and brochures on universities, PhD programs, traineeships, scholarships, summer courses, links to relevant websites and other information that can be of assistance if you are orienting yourself on your future options. 

The Career Development Officer

The Career Development Officer, Dr. Bas Defize, has an advisory role for students in planning their future. His office is located upstairs in College Hall. He assists students in finding information on post UCU opportunities, such as Master’s but also internships. A Career Development Officer is not an unlimited source of information about each and every study for each and every student. However, he can assist you in finding the right people to contact for specific information, such as fellows, teachers and alumni. When it comes to information on Master’s, a small library is located next to his office containing flyers and folders on the most popular post UCU studies and on all the international masters of Utrecht University. In the Career Development Officer’s office you can find a variety of books, flyers and brochures on universities, PhD programs, traineeships, scholarships, summer courses, links to relevant websites and other information that can be of assistance if you are orienting yourself on your future options. The Career Development Officer also has a book with all grants and scholarships in the Netherlands.

Your tutor

Your tutor is a good first step if you do not know who to go to for advice. The tutors will be able to redirect you to someone who can help you, such as a fellow, a Head of Department, and alumnus or a connection they have in a specific field. They might not always be able to help you when it comes to the details of a certain Master’s program, but they are there to help you during your stay at UCU and guide you in the right direction.

One of the fellows

The fellows are appointed to oversee the various tracks UCU has, the aim is to have in the future a fellow for each track. A talk with one of the fellows can be of great benefit as they are specialists in their field and have connections at the faculties at the UU as well. They are aware of the Master's possibilities in their field, as well as what different universities have to offer. You can make an appointment by e-mail or drop by their office to see if they have time for you.

Useful Links

  • www.mastersportal.eu
    Mastersportal offers an overview of many European masters. You can select your field and subfield and see what is on offer in European universities.
  • www.studyinholland.nl
    Studyinholland is the website of Nuffic, the Netherlands organization for International cooperation in higher education, targeting Internationals. Here, you can find information especially for internationals about what programs in English are taught were, what scholarships are available and more.
  • http://gradschool.about.com
    This website is designed by a college professor in psychology, it should be mentioned that the website is especially useful for applications to American universities.