PNN informs about employment conditions at UTwente

On Thursday 21 November, the PhD Network of the University of Twente (P-NUT) will organize the PhD & PDEng Day 2019. In the exciting and broad program of this day, Promovendi Netwerk Nederland (PNN) will be present for a workshop on labor conditions, after successful editions earlier this year in Wageningen, Leiden, Utrecht, and Groningen. Since the beginning of this year, PNN, in collaboration with the Academic Union (VAWO), is actively engaged in informing PhD candidates about their rights. Under the provoking title PhDs: Slaves of science? Precarious working conditions of PhDs vs possibilities to do something about it PNN enters into discussion with PhDs about their place within the university, conflict situations, and the rights they can claim.

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Lucille Mattijssen new president of PhD Network Netherlands

During the General Members’ Meeting (GMM) of September 20th 2019, Lucille Mattijssen was elected new president of the PhD Network Netherlands (PNN), the interest group for and by PhD students. Mattijssen is a PhD candidate of the VU University Amsterdam, and will succeed Anne de Vries, who will leave the board of PNN after having been president for more than a year.

Mattijssen is looking forward to improving the position of PhD candidates in the coming year, together with the PNN board members and the PhD representatives from the universities. “PhDs are crucial for research and education at universities. At the same time, they are in a vulnerable position: their employment prospects in science are limited and they are highly dependent on their supervisors. The PNN unites PhD candidates and thus has the opportunity to put their interests on the agenda of policy makers.”

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