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Research assessments

Leiden University frequently reviews the quality of its research. We do this by means of both internal and external assessments. Below you can read how we monitor and assess the quality of our research.

Leiden protocol for research assessments

To monitor quality, every six years an external committee is invited to assess the research of all Leiden University research institutes and units. In addition, half-way through this cycle research institutes conduct a midterm (a kind of self-assessment) in order to prepare for the external assessment. The Leiden protocol for research assessments functions as a guide for all faculties and institutes both for midterms and for external assessments.

Standard Evaluation Protocol

Leiden University research assessments are based on the Standard Evaluation Protocol (SEP). The SEP is set by the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

More information

For more information on SEP, external assessment reports or planned assessments, please consult the research assessment section on the University website.