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External communication tools

Leiden University is proud of its research and teaching, its staff and its students. This is why we are keen to inform society of what goes on at the University.


Our most important channel is our public website: www.universiteitleiden.nl. If you wish to make use of this channel, or if you need more information about our editorial organisation, technical facilities or writing for the web, please consult the web editorial section.


The University also has a number of digital newsletters, which we use to draw attention to the University’s achievements:

  • External relations

    Every Tuesday more than 7,000 alumni, journalists, partners and other interested parties receive a newsletter containing the latest news from and about the University. Register now >
  • Students

    Around the 15th of every month, all students receive a newsletter in their mailbox.
  • Alumni news

    Every third Thursday of the month – with the exception of August – approximately 35,000 alumni with a subscription receive the digital newsletter Alumni News
  • International audience

    Around the 15th of every month approximately 50,000 people receive an international newsletter. This newsletter is sent to universities abroad and the University’s international partners, international students in Leiden and international Leiden University staff members. Register now >
  • Yearly publications for a wide audience

    Every year, we publish our corporate brochure 'About us'. This brochure can be downloaded or ordered via the website.


The University’s editors write and publish news articles and announcements for the website and the newsletters. Faculty editors also create content. For more information, see here.


Responses and suggestions for topics are always welcome at nieuws@leidenuniv.nl.

Social media

We are active on a number of social media:

Since social media plays such an important role in modern-day communication, we have formulated some guidelines and tips for safe and effective use.

Publications in print

University magazine Leidraad

Three times a year, staff members, alumni and external contacts receive the University magazine LeidraadLeidraad can also be downloaded from the alumni website.

Annual publications for general audiences

Every year we publish brochures such as ‘About us’ (facts and figures) and ‘Impressions’ (an overview of the year in photographs). These can be downloaded or ordered via the website. 

University weekly Mare

Mare is the information and opinion magazine of Leiden University. Every week Mare reports in journalistic style on developments within the University and in the field of higher education and academic research. The editorial team is independent and consists of professional journalists. The editorial policy is marginally tested retroactively by the editorial council, consisting of representatives of the University community. This is done on the basis of an editorial statute listing the magazine’s objectives.

You can also read Mare online.


The website agenda contains all PhD defences, inaugural lectures, lectures, conferences and other (publicly accessible) Leiden University activities.

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