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Programme standards

The Programme Standards project sets out guidelines on how to structure the education offered at the Faculty of Humanities. The project aims to distribute the teaching effort in a transparent way and to organise the programmes so that the best possible teaching can be provided in an efficient manner, making the best possible use of our (finite) resources. This will also free up time for research. The Faculty Board adopted the Programme Standards memorandum on 4 March 2020. Additions were made to the memorandum on 27 April 2020 and 26 May 2020 and it is currently being discussed with the Faculty Council. The memorandum provides more detailed outlines of the three coherent models for how to structure the education at our faculty.

The project distinguishes three models, which together make up a coherent framework:

1. Curriculum model: the reference framework for the structure of the study programmes.

2. Lecturer-education-time model: indicative calculation of hours per subject or teaching activity to make more transparent the time commitment required of teachers for their teaching activities, and also to make clearer the scope of the teaching activities in the different institutes.

3. Task assignment model in the field of education research and management and operations: model for distributing the available hours of the academic staff, where the interwovenness of teaching and research is clearly defined. The model establishes that academic staff on the one hand can also conduct research alongside their teaching, and on the other hand researchers (by which we mean recipients of research grants) can also teach alongside their research activities.

The Programme Standards project follows on from the policy themes previously implemented to improve the faculty organisation (the ‘It takes two to tango’ and matrix discussions). The FAQ section gives you more information about the background to this project.


The Faculty Board wishes to have an effective dialogue with those involved within the faculty.

In the spring of 2020, the proposal, including the advice of the sounding board group was discussed in various faculty bodies.

This was followed by the analysis phase of the Curriculum model that sets out the guidelines for teaching programmes. The programme chairs compared the programmes with the model curriculum, after which programme reports were drawn up and submitted before 15 June.

The Teaching Advice and Quality Assurance (O&K) team analysed these reports and in mid-August the programme boards received the team’s feedback.

The programme boards will submit an action plan for each programme, based on the feedback, and maintaining the current quality level, before 1 November 2020,

The Faculty Board will continue the dialogue with the Faculty Council. Decision-making is expected to take place in November 2020.

Small-scale programme changes arising from the action plans can be implemented with effect from the 2021-2022 academic year. Large-scale programme changes will first be apparent in the curricula in the 2022-2023 academic year.

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