teaching cultures survey
The Teaching Cultures Survey (TCS) is a global collaboration of universities aiming to explore the status of the recognition and rewards of university teaching. This year’s TCS is the second survey conducted on the topic. The first one was held in 2019 and the third and final survey is expected to take place in 2024/2025.
The University of Twente was one of 16 universities participating in the TCS 2022. Almost 650 UT academics from all career levels completed the survey in May 2022.
Based on the findings, academics are generally positive about the teaching and learning environment at the UT. Most significantly, UT respondents are ‘more likely than global peers to view the university’s learning environment as supportive’. This is true for 70% of academics at the UT, and only 57% at other institutions. Almost half (49%) of UT participants are satisfied with the amount of time they spend on university teaching.
The survey also shows that COVID-19 restrictions had a less significant impact on academic workloads at the UT than at other universities. Around four in ten (37%) of UT participants reported that their workload increased, compared to 43% at all TCS 2022 institutions.
Overall, survey findings suggest that views and experiences at the UT have not changed significantly since 2019. However, there have been some small signs of change. Compared to three years ago, fewer UT academics see time spent on university teaching as limiting their career. This number dropped from 21% to 14%. Respondents also indicate that there is still room for improvement when it comes to rewards and recognition of university teaching.