What types of students enter honours programmes and similar excellence trajectories in Dutch higher education? Do they learn more or other (cognitive and non-cognitive) competencies than students in regular courses? And does having honours education improve regular education in the institution? Those are the three main questions in the collaborative research project of CHEPS, led by ROA at Maastricht University, also with KBA in Nijmegen. The project is one of six on excellence in vocational and higher education, subsidised by NRO, an organisation of Dutch research council NWO. It runs from 2016-2019.