Press release: 18.6% of PhD candidates have (had) to deal with undesirable behaviour in the workplace

As many as 18.6% of the PhD students have experienced or have had to deal with discrimination, sexual harassment, violations of academic integrity, or other forms of undesirable behaviour. This has emerged from research carried out by PNN based on a survey among 1,601 PhD candidates in the Netherlands. Of the various forms of undesirable behaviour, discrimination is the most common (8.6%).

New PNN chair

During the General Members Meeting of 25 September 2020, Rosanne Anholt was elected as the new chair of PNN. Anholt focus in her trajectory on the subject of resilience in the context of international security and succeeds Lucille Mattijssen, who will leave PNN board after one year of chairmanship.

Anholt looks forward to improving the position of PhD candidates in the coming year, together with the PNN board members and the PhD representatives of the universities. Anholt: “Scientists have been drawing attention for a number of years to the high workload, the large proportion of temporary contracts, and the structural underfunding of education. The fundamental problems in science particularly affect the most vulnerable groups, such as PhD candidates. The PNN unites PhD candidates and is committed to making their voices heard towards policymakers and politicians. The results of the PNN Survey, which was conducted among 1600 PhD candidates, provide important starting points for this.

Press release: 75% of scholarship PhDs prefer to be employees

Scholarship PhDs would much more often prefer to obtain a doctorate as an employee PhD. This is evident from a report by the PhD Network Netherlands, in which 225 PhDs were asked about their experiences and preferences. No less than 74.4% of them indicated that they would prefer to obtain a PhD as an employee PhD . Only 8.8% would prefer to be a scholarship PhD. In many cases, scholarship PhDs are doing their PhD as scholarship PhDs because there were no other positions available or because they could not find a job as an employee PhD .

Press release: Scholarship PhDs do not experience more freedom in their research than employee PhDs

PhD candidates who write their dissertation as scholarship PhDs do not have more freedom in conducting their research than PhDs who are employees. This is a result from research conducted by the PhD Network Netherlands. They asked 1,601 PhD candidates about their working conditions and experiences in the PNN PhD survey.

Press release: Number of dubious PhD contracts at universities even higher than previously assumed

16.7% of employee PhD candidates at Dutch universities have a dubious contract: a contract short than (the equivalent of) four years fulltime. This is one of the findings of a report by the PhD candidates Network Nederland (PNN) on the contract characteristics of PhD candidates in the Netherlands. This report was written on the basis of the results of the PNN PhD Survey, which was completed by 1,601 PhD candidates in the Netherlands.