January 28, 2013
CoRPS: ZonMW grant for gallbladder research
ZonMW granted a subsidy of euro 415.000 for the project ‘Scrutinizing (in)efficiënt use of cholecystectomy: a randomized trial concerning variation in practice’. Cholecystectomy is the surgical removal of the gallbladder. This project is a collaboration of the Amsterdam Medical Center (AMC), UMC St. Radboud and St. Elisabeth Ziekenhuis/Tilburg University. For the Elisabeth Ziekenhuis and Tilburg University Anne Roukema MD PhD (co-applicant) and Brenda den Oudsten PhD (co-applicant and projectleader) are involved in this project. The focus of the research project is the issue of inefficient use of care concerning cholecystectomies in patients with gallstones and stomach complaints. The research evaluates a step-by-step selection for an operation to improve the outcome and reduce the number of cholecystectomies. This restrictive strategy will be compared to the present care. In addition to clinical outcome measures (e.g. complications) cost effectivity and budget impact will be analysed.
January 21, 2013
Review Committee CoRPS impressed
On Friday 18 January 2013, the review committee End term CoRPS conducted a site visit to evaluate the first five years of this multidisciplinary research center (2008-2012).
The committee members, prof. Hanneke de Haes (AMC-UVA; chair), prof. Johannes Siegrist (Heinrich Heine Universität, Düsseldorf), prof. Ad Kaptein (LUMC) and dr. Robert Braam (secretary), spent a full day meeting with research staff members and the Board of TiU and TSB. In preparation, the committee had received an extensive and thorough report of the center’s activities during the past five years.
The committee expressed their sincere appreciation for the results CoRPS has gained since its establishment and was impressed by the way research is carried out. The committee also referred to the well organized structure of the center and the enthusiastic attitude of its staff and junior members, and was very positive about both the quality and quantity of the research output. The final report of the review committee will be ready within the near future.
October 24, 2012
John Raesen temporarily replaced by Hilde Verbraak
As of November 1, John Raesen, Head of HRM Office TSB, will be absent most of the time due to health problems. The coming six months John will focus on his recovery and occasionally be present at our School. Hilde Verbraak will replace John during his absence. Hilde has been appointed for a year and will assign her tasks to John again as soon as he will be recovered sufficiently. Hilde is currently working as a policy advisor to the HR Policy department of our university.
October 12, 2012
UTQ versus Certificate of participation in teaching modules
On January 1, 2012 Tilburg University decided to establish new requirements for obtaining the UTQ (University Teaching Qualification, in Dutch: BKO: Basis Kwalificatie Onderwijs). At the same time a new manual for UTQ participants was published. A candidate must fulfill three criteria to acquire the UTQ-certificate. The three criteria are:
- Criterion 1: The starting points of education have been established.
- Criterion 2: Learning goals, learning activities and assessment have been described according to the guidelines and in relation to each other.
- Criterion 3: The evaluation of the didactic process and that of the teacher’s own performance give rise to a practical improvement plan.
- a candidate (co)coordinates a full course, including assessments; and
- a candidate mentors students, either individually or in small groups.
As a result of this new policy, it is likely that most PhD students will not be able to acquire the full UTQ Certificate during their PhD program. It is, however, still possible to participate in the centrally organized teaching modules. If a module is successfully concluded, a Certificate of Participation can be awarded.
These new regulations apply from January 2012 onwards. For UTQ candidates who started prior to January 2012, the former agreements remain in place. More information about TSB’s new regulations, the UTQ and the Certificates of Participation can be found here. For more information please contact Maaike Adams or Marjan Pollemans.
October 3, 2012
Preliminary Announcement Teaching Meeting 2012
Following up on the success of last year’s Teaching Meeting 2011, Tilburg University is organizing a university-wide teaching conference this year as well, on 17 December 2012. This year’s theme is: What makes a good teacher?
Which lectures do students remember long after graduation? Most probably, these will be lectures in which we got students motivated and passionate about learning. The best teachers know their subjects inside and out, but they also know how to engage and challenge (large groups of) students. You can see and experience how your colleagues go about this during the Teaching Meeting.
The Teaching Meeting 2012, like last year’s, starts off with a keynote address followed by parallel sessions in one of the following tracks:
Track 1: What makes a teacher good at getting students engaged?
Track 2: What makes a teacher good at lecturing to large audiences?
Track 3: What makes a teacher good at teaching multicultural classes?
If you are interested in attending the Teaching Meeting 2012, please reserve the following time slot in your diary: 17 December from 1.00-5.30 p.m.
The Teaching Meeting is free of charge. An overview of all the sessions and details for subscription will be made available by the end of October.