Utrecht University attaches great value to ensuring the quality of its research is assessed effectively. All research at Utrecht University is therefore periodically assessed by external teams of experts. On November 1 and 2nd, an assessment of ICON took place during a site visit. The report containing the assessment and findings has now been published (pdf).
Three main criteria were considered in the assessment: research quality, relevance to society, and viability. Five out of six ICON research groups scored ‘very good’ on research quality, meaning the research unit conducts very good internationally recognized research. The quality of the Gender Studies group was even rated ‘excellent’, meaning the group is regarded one of the few most influential research groups in the world in its particular field. In terms of societal relevance, three research groups scored ‘very good’ and the societal relevance of the three other groups was found to be excellent, making an outstanding contribution to society.