Foreign PhD candidates deserve protection

Dutch PhD candidates often do not work under acceptable terms of employment. For PhD candidates from abroad, the situation is often even worse. PNN does proposals for better protection of so-called sandwich-PhD candidates. Continue reading… 

PNN launches Platform External PhDs

PNN has launched a digital platform for external PhD candidates, purposed to connect external PhDs with each other and with PNN. The goal is to break the isolation that external PhD candidates often experience. On the platform, external PhDs  can ask questions and share information with each other, whilst PNN will regularly posts information useful for external PhDs. Also, PNN will organize virtual (and when the corona crisis is over, also physical) meetings for external PhD candidates, which will be announced on the platform.

For an exchange of more personal experiences, we also started a private facebook group:

Are you an external PhD candidate, and do you think that a digital platform can be useful to you? Please register!

Are you an internal PhD candidate, and do you want to help external colleagues with information that you have easier access to they they have?   Please register!

Do you know other external PhD candidates, or people who want to apply for an external PhD position? Please forward this information.

The ideal university?

On Thursday February 20th, PNN president Lucille Mattijssen took part in the panel discussion at the presentation of Floris Cohen’s book “The Ideal University”. Prior to the discussion, she was given the opportunity to briefly discuss how Floris Cohen had revised the promotion system at the Ideal University. Her critical speech can be found  here.

The VAWO will merge with the AOb! What does this mean for PhD candidates?

VAWO members have voted en masse for the merger with the Algemene Onderwijsbond (AOb). Of all the votes cast, 97% were in favor of the merger. The members of AOb also agreed to the merger. This means that starting January 1 2020, the interests of VAWO members will be represented by AOb. In order to do this properly, AOb will set up a new sector especially for academic education and research (WO&O).

But what changes for you as a member?

Remains the same or improves:

  • Legal assistance remains. Regardless of how long people have been members of the VAWO, everyone who is now a VAWO member will be entitled to legal assistance from 1 January 2020. If necessary, even with a lawyer;
  • The AOb also sits at the table to negotiate a strong collective labour agreement (cao);
  • The AOb will continue to draw attention to important themes, such as the experiment with PhD Scholarship students, but also topics such as high work pressure, interweaving of education & research, equal opportunities and social security will remain on the agenda;
  • Events organised by the VAWO (the opening of the Academic Year and the Academy-Kiss) will remain on the agenda. The trade union will also be present on PhD days as usual;
  • Finally: the people will stay! The local representatives, the board and the staff will continue to be committed to you!

What does change:

  • The name changes. VAWO becomes AOb WO&O;
  • The contribution changes. The AOb uses a different system according to income. For PhD students the monthly contribution increases from € 6,- to € 17,85. At many universities you can exchange this contribution for tax purposes. Furthermore, as compensation for the increase, the membership is free for the first three months;
  • The VAWO Visie disappears. Instead, the Onderwijsblad will be published every month, covering all sectors, including education and training;
  • The website and contact details change. The website of the AOb will contain information about the collective agreement (CAO), legal advice, and events.

The ‘look’ may change, but the ‘feel’ remains the same. Often together with PNN, the VAWO is proud to fight for the interests of PhD candidates. For this reason, a PNN board member has been on the VAWO board for years. Within the AOb, PNN continues to stand up for better labor conditions and a stronger position for PhD candidates. PNN looks forward to a good collaboration with the AOb WO&O to work for a healthy academic environment.