Hereby, PNN presents her Strategic plan 2021. PNN has formulated a number of priorities for the coming year, including the increase in visibility for PhD candidates in the Netherlands and relevant partners, tackling the high workload in academia and calling attention to mental health risks. Furthermore, PNN will work to ensure good (employment) conditions and a socially safe working environment, as well as join the new Recognitions and Rewards movement.
With these focus points, PNN will continue representing interests of the PhD candidates and will advocate a high-quality and future-proof doctoral climate in the Netherlands.
The year 2020 has not been an easy one. Many of us have struggled with data collection, uncertainty around extension of our contracts, and inadequate workspaces at home. Some of us could not return home to be with our families, and many have had to deal with loneliness and dispiritedness.
PNN recognizes this, and will continue to stand up for the rights of PhDs, such as better working conditions, and accessibility of necessary facilities. We will continue to monitor the impact of the corona crisis on PhD candidates and their PhD trajectories, and pay special attention to PhD’s mental health and wellbeing. We cannot do this without the invaluable help of our members and partner organisations.
We hope you will enjoy the Winter holidays despite the extraordinary circumstances, and wish you a happy, healthy new year!