In Autumn 2019, NOSTER was assessed as part of the research assessment of the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies of Radboud University. The final version of the committee’s assessment report has recently become available. NOSTER is pleased to learn that, according to the Committee, NOSTER offers “a significantly valuable contribution to PhD education in the field of theology and religious studies” and that NOSTER “sufficiently monitors the quality of the courses and seminars”. The Committee recommended NOSTER to prioritise its ambitions more clearly and address the question of ownership towards the participating institutions.
NOSTER’s previous assessment took place in June 2014, when the Research School Accreditation Committee (Erkenningscommissie Onderzoeksscholen; ECOS) of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) granted NOSTER re-accreditation for six years, based on both the evaluation period 2005-2012 as well as its future plans. It was later decided that the quality assessment of research schools would become part of the research and teaching assessments of the Faculties that act as host institutions (penvoerders). Although the Utrecht Faculty of Humanities has acted as host institution for most of the period covered in the self-assessment report, NOSTER has been assessed as part of the research assessment of the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies of Radboud University.
The focus of this assessment has been on NOSTER’s training of PhD candidates and its work on fostering research collaboration and innovation among senior scholars in the field. The assessment of NOSTER’s training of ReMA students will be included in the assessment of various ReMA programmes at local institutions.
NOSTER’s Self-Assessment Report 2013-2018 and the Report of the Assessment Committee can be found on the NOSTER website.