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Newsletter Diversity
Foreword by Vice-President of the Executive Board Annetje Ottow

"I'm proud to say that diversity and inclusion have been firmly put on the UU map. The Stimulation Fund Diversity receives an increasing number of exciting student and employee initiatives, such as the buddy programme for primary schools.

Behind the scenes, we're working on more inclusive selection procedures for students and on awareness training for academic and non-academic staff. Thir year, UU will also participate in the Nederlandse InclusiviteitsMonitor (Netherlands Inclusivity Monitor) created by Professor Dr Naomi Ellem

Much work remains to be done indeed, so I will be presenting the first ever UU Diversity Award during the New Year's ceremony to even further stimulate the creation of an inclusive UU."

Student initiative Platform Onbeperkt Studeren awarded

Platform Onbeperkt Studeren has been awarded second place in the Accessibility Award, granted by the city of Utrecht annually since 2015. The Platform is a student initiative which empowers disabled students regarding their own facilities and support. Congratulations to all involved!
Read more about the initiative and the Accessibility Award (Dutch) »

Festive Conclusion to first year of Honours Trajectum Utrecht (HTU) pilot

Faculty of Humanities' vice-dean Peter Schrijver (pictured) presented the first cohort of HTU participants with certificates in the Utrecht University Hall on May 30. The HTU aims at mentoring middle school students towards talent programs in higher education, in collaboration with the successful Brede School Academie Utrecht. During the first year of the three-year pilot, 16 students attended extra-curricular classes at the UU weekly to strengthen their Dutch proficiency and general knowledge.

Several courses focusing on the internationalisation of higher education available

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The new Pandora is out! Click the cover to read the latest edition online (hard copy and subscription available).


Pilot with gender neutral toilets in three UU buildings (Dutch)

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Applications for Diversity Stimulation Fund welcome
The UU Diversity Task Force allocates €50.000 on a yearly basis to support projects and activities that improve diversity and inclusion among students and employees. The Stimulation Fund has already supported a number of exciting initiatives. Do you have an idea for a project of activity that could use financial support? Take a look at the website for more information regarding the criteria and procedure and submit your application through

Diversity Award 

In order to stimulate initiatives improving diversity and inclusion at Utrecht University, the Diversity Task Force has created the Diversity Award. The winner(s) will receive an award and an amount of €2.500,-. The first Diversity Award will be presented by vice-president Annetje Ottow during the New Year’s ceremony in 2019. Further information regarding the procedure and criteria will be announced shortly (mail to for more information).

Annetje Ottow in Science Guide: "Positive discrimination or the end of privilege?" (Dutch)

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UU joined Utrecht Canal Pride (Dutch)

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5 UU students nominated for ECHO Awards (Dutch)

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Introducing: new project assistant Diversity Task Force

Hi, my name is Eline Pollaert and I recently started as a project assistant for the Diversity Task Force. I was previously employed as a workshop coordinator at Leiden University, where I also finished a BA in Religious Studies and a ResMA in Ancient History.
Over the years I committed myself to creating a more inclusive environment at Leiden University by establishing a disability network and becoming part of a feedback group for diversity policy. I have a particular interest in intersectionality and the topic of disability, due to my own experiences. I’m looking forward to making everyone feel at home at the UU!

Introducing: inclusion correspondents

We are Rinske van Herwaarden (left) and Myra-Lot Perrenet (right), inclusion correspondents at the UU. Rinske works at the Utrecht Sustainability Institute as a communications officer, Myra-Lot works at the Science Faculty as an audiovisual engineer and is part of the editorial staff of Fylakra-EmmeΦ Nieuws.
Besides a shared passion for communication we both have a disability. As inclusion correspondents we focus on what it means to have a disability at the university. By sharing stories, we aim to create a more inclusive UU. If you are interested in our work or in collaborating, please send an email to
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