PhD trajectory is possible and feasible for everyone

  • Conducting research and working in academia should be possible for everyone regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or health. Universities should strive for a diverse group of scientists to reflect and serve as an example for an equally diverse group of Dutch citizens.
  • Moreover, these researchers should be given the space to grow in the areas where they excel. PhD candidates should receive the guidance that enables them to achieve their goals. This guidance should therefore be offered on an individual and customized basis.
  • PhD candidates are at the bottom of the hierarchy within the university and therefore are in an inherently unequal power relationship. This makes PhD candidates vulnerable as a group. Universities and supervisors must be aware of these power dynamics and ensure that PhD candidates do not suffer any adverse consequences as a result.