19 December 2018

We wish you a bright and inclusive 2019

We would like to take this moment at the end of the year and offer sincere thanks to our students. By jointly integrating various disciplines and sectors in our education and research, we are able to expand boundaries together.

Utrecht University benefits from a diverse and inclusive community of students and staff. Such a community makes the learning environment more challenging, stimulates academic debate and encourages close cooperation with social partners. To emphasise the importance of this aspect, we will present the first university-wide Diversity and Inclusion Award in January 2019.

We wish you happy holidays and a dazzling New Year!

The Executive Board of Utrecht University,

Anton Pijpers, President
Annetje Ottow, Vice-President
Henk Kummeling, Rector Magnificus

* Belle Derks (professor of Social and Organisational Psychology) and Ruth van Veelen (post-doc at the Department of Social, Health and Organisational Psychology) study the consequences of the stereotyping that women and ethnic minorities face in work and educational settings. In their research, they identify the factors which decrease stereotyping.

For instance, by more explicitly rewarding stereotypically feminine qualities in performance evaluations (qualities such as being a team player who focuses on team science rather than on individual publications), departments can change the perception that academic success depends on masculine rather than feminine traits only.