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PhDoc represents the interests of PhDs and postdocs at Leiden University


13 reasons to support PhDoc

Vote for:

  1. A broad representation of the interests of PhD candidates, post-doctoral fellows, staff and students.
  2. Critical assessment of PhD policy, regulations and guidelines.
  3. Attention for the specific challenges of international staff members, such as housing assistance, language barriers, and employment regulations.
  4. An ombudsperson to ensure transparency and good governance for all university employees.
  5. A psychologist dedicated to PhD and postdoc mental health and wellbeing.
  6. Transparency on (mental) health resources available to PhDs and postdocs.
  7. A human resources advisor who can give impartial advice to employees about employment regulations.
  8. A transparent path towards the Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO) for PhDs.
  9. Better pedagogical support and training for PhDs, postdocs, and junior lecturers who teach.
  10. An improvement of the career perspectives of PhDs and postdocs, with support for paths both within and outside of academia.
  11. Solid representative structures for PhDs and postdocs at the faculty and institute levels.
  12. Increased funding for the Leiden University graduate schools so as to better support the needs of PhD candidates and their supervisors.
  13. A party dedicated to supporting a diverse and inclusive university which is committed to the free exchange of ideas.

Looking back 2018-2020

From 2018-2020, PhDoc had three seats in the University Council, held by Marishka Neekilappillai, Sasha Goldstein-Sabbah, and Nathanja van den Heuvel. PhDoc has been very active in the University Council during the past two years:

  • Together with the PhD associations LEO and LAP we have formulated the ‘Golden Rules for PhD Supervision’. These rules have been accepted by the Executive Board and now integrated into the PhD policies of Leiden University.

  • We have developed ideas with the Executive Board about academic good leadership governance.

  • We have taken part in the national discussion about open access and the challenges it poses for PhD’s and early career academics.

  • We have drawn attention to the difficulties postdocs face.

  • Together with FNV Overheid we have placed work pressures on the agenda and requested the instalment of an Ombudsperson for employees as a means to contribute to social safety.

  • We have not only actively and consequently represented the interests of PhDs and postdocs in policy making, but we have also defended the needs of students and staff.


PhDoc aims to keep its three seats in the University Council for the period of 2020-2022. At the top of our party list are Nicholas Kontovas (no. 1), Elisabeth Kerr (no. 2), and Eftychia Mylona (no. 3). Questions? Do not hesitate to contact us, now or after the elections!

Support PhDoc during the coming elections and vote for one of our candidates during election week: Monday 25 May – Friday 29 May 2020!

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