Utrecht University attaches great value to the quality assessment of its research. All research at Utrecht University is therefore periodically assessed by external teams of experts. Most (97%) research is assessed from good to excellent. In the event of negative assessments the University will act accordingly.
The assessments have been carried out on the basis of the Standard Evaluation Protocol for Public Research Organisations (SEP). This SEP protocol is drawn up by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and the Dutch universities. In conformity with this protocol Utrecht University ensures that all its research institutes are assessed by external expert assessment committees once every 6 years. This protocol is set up in 2003 and has been tightened. Read the SEP 2009-2015.
It is common practice for Utrecht research institutes to be assessed together with one or more (inter-)national research institute(s) in the same field. The Executive Boards involved usually request QANU (Quality Assurance Netherlands Universities) to coordinate such joint assessments. The assessments are public: the reports can be found on the QANU site. A research group is evaluated separately when it is not possible to carry out a joint assessment. An overview of individual reports can be found below or study an overview of all assessment scores 2003 - 2009 (in Dutch).
SEP research assessments
Assessments 2011, not yet available
- Arts (Uil OTS)
- Religious Studies and Theology
The asssesment reports will be published on this page shortly.