UT researchers Anna Sperotto and Massimo Sartori are joint winners of the first edition of the (PhD) Best Supervisor Award. ‘As a supervisor, you need to understand that your student is a whole person, not a machine producing academic papers.’
‘The university should be more proactive, not just extinguish fires,’ says P-NUT, the PhD Network of the University of Twente. It’s their reaction to the latest Arbo Unie’s Annual Review 2019, which also mentions the recommendation to ‘offer PhD students readily accessible, ongoing support’.
The PhD Network of the University of Twente (P-NUT) has conducted a survey to assess the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on UT doctoral candidates. Its results show that 50% of them expect delays due to mental health issues and that 75% of the respondents are less productive working from home.
The corona crisis has put research on hold. This impacts all science, but especially PhDs and young researchers are concerned about the situation. Many share the same fear: not being able to finish their research on time. ‘Most PhDs worry about the situation. None of them know if they will be allowed to extend their deadlines,’ says the PhD Network of the University of Twente (P-NUT).
‘It’s easy for PhDs to become isolated, to drown in research. Through this event, we want to show them that there is support and many opportunities,’ says P-NUT president Roberto Cruz as he describes the upcoming PhD/PDEng Day, held on the 21st of November in DesignLab.
De jaarlijkse PhD Day staat donderdag in het teken van de toekomst van de wetenschap. In het ITC-gebouw krijgen de deelnemende promovendi lezingen en workshops over het thema voorgeschoteld. Dit jaar zijn voor het eerst de PhD’s van alle 4TU’s welkom.
Het promovendinetwerk P-NUT koos donderdagavond een nieuw bestuur. Jan Hofste (ITC) is de nieuwe voorzitter. Het bestuur bestaat verder uit Özlem Demirel (TNW) en Vlad Tkachuk (TNW). ‘We willen nog meer als belangenbehartiger optreden.’
PhD Day 2017 is taking place tomorrow. The event will focus on career opportunities for PhDs and its keynote speaker will be an accomplished UT alumnus, who will also discuss what it’s like to live inside the real ‘Silicon Valley’ house.
Stop the experiment with PhD candidates and do not provide them with dubious contracts. Those are two of the main points presented by the PhD Network Netherlands (PNN - Promovendi Netwerk Nederland) in their official plan.
Sooner or later, all PhD´s finish their research and need to face the decision on what to do next. That is why this year´s PhD Day aimed to prepare UT´s PhD candidates for the job market. Academia, industry, entrepreneurship or perhaps the government? The PhD Day 2015 gave participants a chance to look into all these options.
This year´s edition of the annual PhD Day is focused on preparing PhD students for the future. It will take place on the 15th of October 2015 and it aims to introduce the participants to all the different career paths they can take after acquiring their PhD.
P-NUT, the UT's doctoral candidates network, supports the joint letter from university participation councils and doctoral candidate organizations in which they express their opposition to the experiment with PhD students. The UT does, however, want to take part in the experiment.