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Faculty of Arts research evaluated very positively

05 September 2017

The research in the Faculty of Arts has been described predominantly as "very good" by external evaluation committees. This assessment concerns both the quality, the societal relevance and the viability of the research carried out in 2010-2015.

The positive assessment is the outcome of a review by four separate committees - a committee for each research institute within the faculty: the Groningen Institute of Archeology (GIA), the Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG), the Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG) and the National Research School for Medieval Studies (of which the University of Groningen is secretary).

Quality and relevance of the research

Overall, the Faculty of Arts provides research of very high quality, according to the reports of the committees. It is found that all institutes perform at a high level. This is reflected in the quantity and quality of publications, but also in the large number of prestigious research grants that have been acquired. Much of the Faculty’s research also links to important issues in society. Through collaboration with companies and organizations, the research and the knowledge resulting from that is used to contribute to solving social issues.


Moreover, the committees conclude that organizational changes that have been implemented in recent years have yielded their benefits. The redevelopment of both CLCG and ICOG - and the shift in research focus associated with it – has strengthened the viability of these institutes. GIA is now also facing the challenge of redefining its research focus in order to strengthen internal cooperation, thereby strengthening the institute.

'Pleased and proud'

Prof. Gerry Wakker, Dean of the faculty, welcomes the committees' judgment. "The result of the assessment confirms that the faculty as a whole is performing well in research. Of course, recommendations have been made for further enhancement. We have already started to act upon the committees’ advice.” Wakker commends the commitment of the staff members involved, both directors, researchers and support staff: "The very good reviews make me very proud. Compliments are in order for anyone who contributed to this."                                                                                                               

Background information

The quality of research at Dutch universities and the KNAW and NWO institutes is assessed every six years by independent peer review committees. These reviews are conducted in accordance with the Standard Evaluation Protocol (SEP) 2015-2021, as determined by the VSNU, NWO and KNAW.

The research institutes within the Faculty of Arts have been individually assessed by different visitation committees. The four committees have recorded their findings in separate final reports. These reports as well as the administrative response of the Faculty Board are available on the RUG website .

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