A support kit for experts by experience

A support kit for experts by experience, supporting them to be co-lecturer.

University of applied sciences KdG and UCLL, Belgium



In work package 4

The University College Limburg-Leuven (UCLL) and the Karel de Grote University College (KdG) work together on the development of a toolkit for the support of service users and students to integrate their experiential knowledge in Higher Education.



We started in the spring of 2022 with focus groups of experts by experience and students with experiential knowledge to identify the conditions and opportunities for working with experiences in Higher Education. We did an exploration of some good practices in Flanders and the Netherlands: the Education for people living in poverty and with experience in social exclusion (De Link – Belgium), the Education for people with experience in mental health care (UCLL), the programmes for experts by experience in social work education (Utrecht – Windesheim). Based on this knowledge, we will develop a first draft of an educational/training program for experts by experience, that we will present in Spain. We organise a try out in UCLL and keep developing this further.



Kristel Driessens kristel.driessens@kdg.be
Saskia de Bruyn saskia.debruyn@ucll.be
Caro Birdts Caro.bridts@welzijnszorg.be
Lien Frissen lien.frissen@ucll.be
Vicky Lyssens-Danneboom vicky.lyssens-danneboom@kdg.be


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