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The University of Amsterdam is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity within our university. We want to be a place where everyone feels at home, safe, respected, and supported. And where we give everyone space to be the best they can be. Our diversity policy sets out how we are working towards this.

Diversity Policy

In our diversity policy, the Diversity Document, we have four important goals:

  • Increasing accessibility and study success for students for whom studying at a university is a less obvious choice;
  • Collaborating succesfully in diverse teams;
  • Hiring, promoting and retaining staff from all backgrounds;
  • Recognising and sharing initiatives that work.

These goals are the foundation for our work on existing programmes and for the development of new activities. Together with students, staff, diversity officers and partners of the UvA we hope to contribute to a more diverse and inclusive learning and working environment.

Accessibility and equal opportunities at the UvA

In 2020, the University of Amsterdam commissioned the Kohnstamm Institute to conduct research into the accessibility of the institution and opportunities for students, regardless of their background. The study found that:

  • The UvA is widely accessible and reasonably diverse by gender, migration background, and socio-economic status
  • Study success at the UvA is related to gender, age, parents' income, and graduation grades

The Executive Board (CvB) believes that students from all backgrounds must be able to study at UvA. They therefore continue to work to ensure that all students feel welcome and at home at the university.

Amsterdam Agreement for inclusive higher education

In addition to our Diversity Document, the University of Amsterdam and eight other higher education institutions signed the Amsterdam agreement for diverse, inclusive and socially involved higher education.

Gender Equality Plan

Starting 2022, every higher education institution must have a gender equality plan to be eligible for funding from Horizon Europe. With our efforts, which form a prominent part of our wider intersectional Diversity & Inclusion approach, the UvA will continue our contribution towards gender equality in academia.