28 September 2018 • LSVb (Dutch National Student Union)
LSVb is looking for the best thesis about higher education
For the second year in a row the Dutch National Student Union, LSVb, will award the Higher Education Thesis Award to the most original and relevant thesis in the field of higher education.
“It’s a shame that the theses often land in a drawer instead of being actively read and distributed,” says vice-chair of the LSVb, Carline van Breugel. “With this award, we want to motivate students to think critically about their education and ensure that something actually happens with the results.”
Each year, numerous students write a thesis in which they research higher education itself. These studies are about, for instance, selection in higher education, the mental health of students or the organisational structure of a research university of applied sciences or research university. “The theses often provide an extensive analysis of state of affairs on a specific theme in higher education,” says Van Breugel. “As students go so in-depth in one subject, they have valuable ideas about improving education and it’s a real shame that nothing happens with them.”
Four experts from higher education assess the theses. The jury consists of Anka Mulder (Saxion), Johannes van der Vos (Inholland), Sicco de Knecht (ScienceGuide) and Carline van Breugel (LSVb). Sicco de Knecht is the chair of the jury and has been the chief editor at ScienceGuide since 2016. Johannes van de Vos is policy advisor and team leader at Inholland and is focused on improving Inholland’s education, innovation, internationalisation and science policies. Anka Mulder is chair of the Executive Board at Saxion University of Applied Sciences. As chair of the board she is responsible for the accessibility and quality of education at the university of applied sciences. Carline van Breugel is vice-chair of the Dutch National Student Union, LSVb, and has been committed to improving education for years.
The prize will be awarded during the VVD-LSVb education cafe that will be held on 15 February in the Dutch Senate. Furthermore, the winning thesis will be published as an essay on ScienceGuide and the winner will receive a tablet. And it doesn’t have to stop there. The winner of the first thesis award, Yvonne Rouwhorst, met with the minister to discuss her research results. Yvonne Rouwhorst: ”It was a good and open discussion. And I have already received more invitations to speak about the content of my thesis.” Van Breugel: “With her thesis, Yvonne has got the field of education thinking. We are looking forward to this year’s entries and to see what effect they are going to have on higher education.”
Students can take part by mailing their thesis by 5 November 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org, accompanied by the grade and a summary of the thesis. The thesis must be completed in the 2018 calendar year.
You can find more information about the thesis award on the LSVb website.