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Core vision Bachelor's programmes

On this page we will keep you posted on developments and updates within the advisory group Core Vision Bachelor's Programmes towards future-proof education.

Future-proof education in bachelor’s programmes; An interview with Ton Liefaard, Vice-Dean

Our faculty held a mid-term review of the law degree programmes on 19 January 2022. This was done via an online symposium with various break-out sessions and inspiring speakers, in which input was collected by a review committee. In February, the Faculty Board received the review committee’s report. We interviewed Vice-Dean Ton Liefaard who explains what actions are to be implemented in response to this critical and constructive report. Ton Liefaard: ‘We can be very proud of our degree programmes. At the same time, changes need to be made within the programmes if we want to respond to the demands of a changing society by providing future-proof education.’

What stood out in the report?
'The report shows that if we want to remain leading nationally and internationally, we need to make a number of choices and prioritise our goals. In concrete terms, it means that our faculty must tackle the high student numbers and we must also look at how we can increase our impact in society.’

'If we want to remain leading nationally and internationally, we need to make a number of choices and prioritise our goals.'

What is the Faculty Board’s response?
‘We found the review committee’s report very useful and helpful. We fully agree that if nothing changes, we’ll not achieve our objectives. In addressing the recommendations in the report, it’s also essential that we alleviate the workload of staff. So the innovations and changes we will initiate must give staff energy, ‘breathing space’, as well as support them and help reduce their workload. This is also reflected in the University Strategic Plan 2022-2027.’

What will the Faculty Board focus on now?
‘There are parts of the report that we can start working on already and we intend to do so. Besides determining a core vision for the faculty, which we will use in the coming years to develop further and improve our degree programmes, we can also achieve results in the short term.

We agree with the review committee that the high student numbers in the bachelor’s programmes is something that must be addressed. The numbers must become more manageable and cannot simply continue to grow in the coming years. Other important themes are academic attainment, activating students, alignment with labour market needs and diversity and inclusiveness. We will have to choose carefully what we will focus on first, and what can wait till a later stage.’

Consulting and working with a broad representation from faculty community

How will you do that?
‘To ensure that we can set to work with the recommendations from the mid-term review, the Faculty Board has drawn up a plan of action. As part of this plan, a number of working groups will be set up.

First, before summer, a Kernvisie Bachelor advisory group will develop a core vision and a work plan for the bachelor’s programmes. This group has already set to work.

In developing a core vision, this advisory group will involve a broad representation from the faculty community. It will consult and work together with bachelor’s course coordinators, programme coordinators, study advisers, the faculty examination board, small programme committees and students from the faculty. The advisory group will make use of all knowledge and experience built up over the past years, including what we learnt during the Covid pandemic.

Then, after summer, an Implementation and Development (I&D) working group will be set up to flesh out and implement the work plan.

Finally, a Long-term Vision working group will be set up to serve mainly as a think tank. It will look at developments on the labour market and in society and what this entails for our degree programmes, the students and our research. This working group can also proceed with themes that the advisory group does not have time to deal with fully.’

How will students and staff be informed about developments?
‘We would like to share the progress we make towards the core vision and its implementation with staff and students. On this page you’ll find all interim developments, FAQ and results. We’ll also keep everyone informed via the LTC and the faculty newsletter. If you have any questions or comments for the Advisory Group, please send an email to Adviesgroep@law.leidenuniv.nl.’

Many thanks for this interview Ton!

Who are the members of the Kernvisie Bachelor Advisory Group?

Chair: Professor Jan Adriaanse (Academic Director Tax Law and Economics)
Vice-chair: Professor Ton Liefaard (Vice-Dean Education)

Members of the Advisory Group:
Professor Bastiaan Rijpkema (Programme Director BA Law)
Professor Armin Cuyvers (Programme Director MA Law)
Professor Jan van de Streek (Tax Law)
Dr Sigrid van Wingerden (Programme Director Criminology)
Dr Stijn Voskamp (Private Kaw  – Civil Law, chair programme committee)
Dr Daniëlle Chevalier (Law & Society)
Professor Jean-Pierre van der Rest (Leiden Law Academy)
Dr Pauline Memelink (coordinator tutoring, language test)
Julie Külsen (Assessor)
Professor Bart Custers (Head of eLaw Dept.)
Dr Annemarie Drahmann (Public Law – Constitutional & Administrative Law)

Adviser: Ghislaine Voogd, MSc, educational adviser (ICLON)
Project secretary: Esther Poort and Annemarie Venemans, De Onderzoekerij

Support:  Departments: Study advice, OIC, Education Policy, Diversity & Inclusion, FEZ, M&C, LTC & Management support
Process supervision Plan of Action: Dr Gerda Korevaar (Senior Adviser Education Policy) and Nard Willemse (Policy Officer Education)

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