PREMIUM Coaches and Mentors

Consult the Competence Coach and Project Mentor handbooks, download the necessary documents for coaching, or contact Central Management.

Thank you for joining our PREMIUM community.

PREMIUM is an honours programme for excellent master’s students. This extracurricular programme provides an extra challenge for talented students and prepares them for the labour market, aiming to effectively bridge the gap between study and career.

PREMIUM students work on a project for an external client under the guidance of a project mentor and participate in master classes and workshops. Another important element of the programme is the competence coaching. All students work and reflect on the development of their competences with their competence coach.

On this website you will find the handbook for Project Mentors and Competence coaches, which provides you with useful information about the programme. You will also find more information about the PREMIUM training programme for coaches and mentors.

We wish you an inspiring PREMIUM experience!

Handbook & Documents

2017-2018 PREMIUM Handbook

Project Mentors & Competence Coaches

Download Documents

Find everything you need to fulfil your role as PREMIUM Mentor or Coach.

Training Programme Coaches & Mentors

Throughout the past couple of year,  we have experimented with a set up of the training programme for coaches and mentors.

Taking all the provided feedback into consideration, we have decided to maintain last year’s setup of the programme for coaches and mentors. We would like to point out that we highly appreciate everyone’s attendance to these events, since it brings coaches and mentors together to share thoughts and experiences.

Contact between the coach and mentor of a PREMIUM team is something we encourage and wish to stimulate and facilitate through these events.

We will award an official PREMIUM certificate to all coaches and mentors that have attended all parts of the programme (in case they have not received this certificate last year).

We believe that the mandatory workshop is necessary for all new coaches and mentors to create an effective and enjoyable PREMIUM experience for coaches, mentors and students.

For current coaches and mentors there are no longer any mandatory workshops but of course we hope to welcome you all at the non-mandatory PREMIUM meets sessions and the workshop.

Mandatory introductory meeting

As always, we organize an introductory meeting, prior to the PREMIUM kick-off (or Mix&Match as we call it), to meet all this year’s coaches and mentors and explain any new parts of the PREMIUM programme.

We also highly recommend the attendance of our coaches and mentors during the PREMIUM kick-off, to guide students and clients in the process of team formation.

When: Tuesday, January 9th, 16.30-17.30 hrs. (location: Van der Valk Hotel Maastricht)

We will send you an Outlook invitation in due time.

Mandatory introductory workshop

All new coaches and mentors are requested to attend this afternoon in which they will participate in a workshop on introduction to coaching techniques (for new coaches) and a workshop on project based working (for new mentors), as well as a workshop on team dynamics (for new coaches and new mentors).

During these workshops, new coaches and mentors will be handed the tools they need to perform their tasks within PREMIUM.

When: Wednesday, January 17th, 09.00-15.00 hrs. (location: TAPX)

09.00-09.30 hrs:              Reception
09.30-12.30 hrs:               Introduction to coaching (coaches)
09.30-12.30 hrs:               Introduction to Project-based working (mentors)
12.30-13.00 hrs:                Lunch
13.00-15.00 hrs:                Team dynamics (coaches and mentors)

We will send you an Outlook invitation in due time.

Non-Mandatory “PREMIUM Intervision Session”

We kindly invite all PREMIUM coaches and mentors to these sessions, which are aimed to exchange experiences, ask questions, discuss team issues and network.

Wednesday February 28th and Thursday, April 19th (location: TAPX).

17.00-19.00 hrs:                Intervision techniques
19.00-19.30 hrs:                Informal get-together
(drinks and snacks will be provided)

We will send you an Outlook invitation in due time.

Non-Mandatory workshop for coaches and mentors

We kindly invite all PREMIUM coaches and mentors to this afternoon seminar where the possibility will be offered to attend a workshop to broaden and deepen your knowledge of coaching or mentoring.

For this session,, we have invited trainers from Barcavela to give a workshop on “Dealing with Resistance”, for which we kindly invite you.

When: Wednesday, March 28th, 13.00-17.00 (location: TAPX Common Room & 1.014).

  • 13.00-13.30: Walk-in & lunch
  • 13.30-16.30: Workshop
  • 16.30-17.00: Drinks & Catching up

Workshop Dealing with Resistance

Resistance of participants may trigger the group, the mentor and/or the coach. It is particularly useful to recognize resistance and to have a repertoire of responses available, keeping a  positive effect on the final results and on the group dynamics in mind.  In this workshop, we will discuss recognizing resistance, reflect on, and practice with various ways of dealing with resistance.

One of the underlying goals of the workshop is to promote interaction between mentors and coaches. That is why the workshop has an interactive design, and welcomes the exchange of practical experiences and the sharing of intervention options.

 Please note that this workshop has only limited available seats. We kindly request that you sign up before March 21st by using this link.

Questions regarding coaching?

As a competence coach or project mentor, you might sometimes be in need of some collegial advice. Are you not sure how to handle a certain issue in your PREMIUM team, suggestions on how to get that student to open up or tips on how to organize your team dynamics meeting.

For those questions, our certified trainer and coach Renée Speijcken is more than willing to be your soundingboard and sparring partner. Feel free to contact her.


Renée Speijcken

Educator, Coach, Senior Policy Advisor, Senior Project manager, Evaluator (MGSoG)

Why being a PREMIUM coach or mentor is awesome!

Besides of the compensation of hours and the appreciation of the students, being a PREMIUM competence coach or project mentor is awesome! Don’t just take our word for it. See what previous coaches and mentors thought of participating in PREMIUM.

Lijsbeth Bruens – Competence Coach

“I enjoyed most that the students dared to open up with me and trusted my coaching”

Dominique Waterval – Competence Coach

“The personal conversation which students appreciated and were used by them as a source of reflection”

Robert Ciuchita – Project Mentor

“I would be happy to take part in PREMIUM again as a mentor.”

Questions for PREMIUM Central Management?

Please feel free to contact PREMIUM

Are you interested in being a PREMIUM Competence coach or Project mentor?

For the coaches: please inform the central programme management for PREMIUM by using the contact button, if you are interested in becoming a coach (in the period January-June). Please also inform us about the number of students you are willing to coach.

For the mentors: please inform your faculty coordinator if you are interested in mentoring a PREMIUM project. And, if you would have a great idea for a PREMIUM project, this is of course also possible. Please contact your faculty coordinator to discuss your ideas.