Quality assurance of research
Leiden University aims to strengthen its international position as a European research university. To realise this ambition and to further improve research, it is important to evaluate the quality of research on a regular basis.
The quality of research at Leiden University is periodically assessed in accordance with the Standard Evaluation Protocol (SEP). The SEP offers guidelines for assessing and improving research and research policy. The SEP was established 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).
Every three years, the research institutes and units of Leiden University conduct a self-evaluation. In addition, every six years research is also assessed by an external committee. The interim auto-evaluation is conducted under the guidance and supervision of the Department of Academic Affairs (Academische Zaken, AZ).
The assessment includes an evaluation of both the quality and the social relevance of the research. The quality of supervision and education of the PhD candidates is also assessed. The comments provided in external assessments act as an important guideline in formulating the research strategy of the university.