Research quality assessment
The final results of the 6-yearly research assessment have been published. This quality assessment of research in the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment is part of an assessment system as specified by the Association of Universities in The Netherlands (VSNU), the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).
An external review committee was asked to assess the quality and relevance to society of the research conducted by the faculty as a whole and the nine research programmes as well as its strategic targets and the extent to which it is equipped to achieve them, following a standard evaluation protocol.
Top scores for research quality and societal relevance
My research is part of the broader ‘Urban and Regional Studies’ research programme. We are very happy to learn that our programme achieved top scores. Allow me to proudly (and somewhat shamelessly) quote from the assessment report:
“The URS programme is judged to be excellent with respect to the quality of the research conducted, the quantity of output, and its relevance to society. It is judged to be very good with respect to its viability. The key staff members are international leaders in the field who have made highly significant contributions to a number of areas of research.”
“The ambition with regard to research quality is very high.”
“The key staff members are internationally renowned scholars, who collaborate with other leading scholars from around the world. The research is well-integrated and articulate. Much of it is frequently cited in international outlets, leading to high H-indices of the key staff members. The group’s international network and academic reputation is outstanding, and can be considered as world-leading.”
“The programme was very successful in attracting external research funds (research grants and contract research), with funding from ERC, EU FP7, ESPON, Interreg, Marie Curie, NWO, and others.”
“Although productivity is no longer a SEP criteria, considering all measures of productivity along with the productivity strategy, the URS programme can be judged as outstanding.”
“The research themes are very socially and policy relevant, with large impacts at the national and international level.”
“The programme’s viability is considered to be good because of its internationally leading role, its involvement in cutting-edge research ideas, its flexibility in adjusting as new ideas and expertise emerge, and its competent leadership. The URS group received a strong boost from the ERC Consolidator Grant and NWO/VIDI Grant.”
In addition, in the recently published QS ranking of universities by subject (architecture) we scored 4th place!
You see, enough reason to celebrate this with a giant cake for the group!