Diversity and inclusiveness
Leiden University is one of the best universities in Europe. This strong position is largely made possible by a wide variety of driven and committed employees, people with very different backgrounds and qualities that inspire and motivate each other. The university wants all talented individuals to feel at home with us.
Science and education can really flourish in an environment where everyone can be themselves and where there is room for different perspectives that bring people together from different ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, health, religion, age and socio-economic background. This is why Leiden University is making every effort to ensure equal opportunities for everyone.
Good intentions and promises alone are not enough. Leiden University's vision for diversity is therefore anchored in policy. All faculties actively and regularly monitor progress. As a result, our diversity policy is tangible throughout the university, with facilities ranging from dedicated prayer rooms to gender-neutral bathrooms.
Leiden University is proud that the percentage of female professors here is the highest in the Netherlands; at almost 24%, Leiden University is far ahead of the other Dutch universities. But it doesn’t stop there. Our goal is to raise the proportion of woman professors to 27 percent or more by 2019.