UTQ Supervise

Course schedule

Dates Start time End time Location Coordinator registrations
05 and 12 April 2024 09:00 16:00 ATLAS Office TLC 27 / 28 Registration ended at 05/03/2024
14 and 21 June 2024 09:00 16:00 AURORA Office TLC 26 / 26 Add to waiting list
3 and 10 September 2024 09:00 17:00 On Campus (Wageningen) Kroon, Hubertie 14 / 14 Add to waiting list
15 and 22 November 2024 09:00 17:00 On Campus (Wageningen) Vreekamp, Marloes 14 / 14 Add to waiting list
7 and 14 February 2025 09:00 17:00 On Campus (Wageningen) Kroon, Hubertie 1 / 14 Apply
4 and 11 April 2025 09:00 17:00 On Campus (Wageningen) Vreekamp, Marloes 12 / 14 Apply
26 May and 2 June 2025 09:00 17:00 On Campus (Wageningen) Kroon, Hubertie 7 / 14 Apply

Course description

Target group

The teachers in the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) trajectory and/or teachers who have some experience with supervising students, preferably both individual and group supervision, but at least with one of these. Because the course is mandatory for the UTQ trajectory, priority will be given to UTQ participants.

Tip: if needed, follow the course: 'Start to Supervise BSc & MSc Thesis Students' 

Pre-requisites for this course

Participants taking this course should have experience with preferably both individual and group supervision, but at least with one of these. Because the course connects real-life supervising experiences to educational concepts, models, theories, and practices with peers, you need to have experience with several supervision trajectories with MSc. and/or BSc. students, individually and/or in groups.

Time investment

Self-study/preparation 5 hours
In class  (2 days from 9.00 to 16.00) 14 hours
Certification/assessment 2 hours
Total 21 hours

UTQ competences

The teacher:

  • Has a vision and method for supervision of students over a period of time, including essential milestones.
  • Has investigated objectives and needs of students, and is capable of using different and appropriate supervision styles, catered to the situation and the student’s needs, as well as referring students to professionals within the organization if necessary.
  • Gives effective student feedback in meetings with individuals or groups of students.
  • Demonstrates behavior that supports the (group) process.
  • Enhances initiative, independence and autonomy of students and knows how to stimulate this.
  • Supports students in their development of academic skills.

Learning outcomes

After the successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Display a clear vision on supervising students which you substantiate with relevant theory/models
  2. Reflect on real-life case descriptions of both individual and group supervision, substantiated with relevant theories
  3. Reflect on alternative ways of handling and its supposed effect
  4. Summarize your lessons learned, focusing on your role and behaviour as supervisor
  5. Identify your strengths, blind spots/learning points, and skills to develop further
  6. Name concrete and specific steps/actions you intend for further professionalization as supervisor

Course activities

This course is designed as a blended course with different activities, both individually online and collaboratively face-to-face. 

1. Learning online in Brightspace: the goal of this online environment is to share products and ideas, discuss and give feedback to help fellow participants. You carry out pre- and post-class assignments, download/upload material, read information, watch knowledge clips and give feedback to the other teachers in this community.

2. Live meeting. In the two course days will build on the online activities you’ve executed in Brightspace. We will add theory and you will deepen your knowledge and skills by applying, sharing, giving feedback, and working together.

Because of the blended set up of the course, both course days consist of pre-class activities, activities during the live course days and post-class activities. Be aware that you will need to schedule preparation time around the course days! 


For your certification, you describe your learnings, your insights, and your reflections concerning the UTQ Competence "Supervising students, individually and in groups". The certification assignment consists of two parts, which build on each other. The scoring will be pass/fail. The build-up of the UTQ Supervise certification assignment is:

  1. Share your availability for a Peer Learning Conversation (1 hour, 1-3 weeks after the course). Peer groups of three are made, based on your availability.
  2. Written assignment: Your vision on supervising students, individually and in groups (certification part 1). Share with your 2 peers and trainer via email before day 2 of the course.
  3. Exchange of peer feedback in your peer group of 3, using a single-point rubric, before the Peer Learning conversation.
  4. Oral assignment: Peer Learning Conversation (certification part 2).
  5. Upload your final version of your vision in the UTQ Trajectory Brightspace. The trainer will grade the vision with pass/fail.


Participation is free for Wageningen University & Research staff involved in teaching in a Wageningen University Degree programme.


We consider registration as final. When cancelled within three weeks before the activity starts, your chair group will be charged all costs of your subscription (€350,-).

If there are less than 6 participants in the course, Teaching and Learning Centre may cancel the course and notify you at the latest 2 weeks before the start of the course.