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Colour palette

the original coat of arms
the original coat of arms

The principal colour of the University house style is a specific red (PMS 186), which is referred to as ‘RUG red’. ‘RUG red’ can be combined with the colours from the primary colour palette. In principle, the secondary colour palette must not be used. It has been developed for special applications (e.g. gold for degree certificates) and future house style features.

If you want to use any of the colours from the secondary palette, you must request the approval of the Communication Office.

The colours in the palette of the University of Groningen are a ‘translation’ of the colours in the original 1614 coat of arms.

colour palette
colour palette

Colour systems

The primary and secondary colour palettes have been specified for several colour systems:

  • PMS Pantone for printing in spot colour in one or more print runs
  • CMYK for full-colour printing
  • RGB for screen-viewing applications
  • RAL colours for paintwork
  • 3M Film colours for stickers, etc.


The colours specified have been selected ‘by hand’. They have not been created by means of software conversion. The CMYK value for ‘RUG red’, for example, is different from the value generated by Adobe Photoshop through PMS-CMYK conversion.

If one or more of the colours are used in a non-specified colour system, the PMS value must be approximated as closely as possible.

Last modified:02 August 2018 12.27 p.m.
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