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Central PhD Council

The Central PhD Council (previously called ‘UvAPro’) serves the interest of all PhD candidates at an administrative level and is a sounding board for organisational developments within the university concerning PhD candidates.

Additionally, the Central PhD Council is a member of the PhD candidates Network of the Netherlands (PNN), thereby also advocating the interests of PhD candidates at a national level.

Do you sometimes feel lonely or unheard as a PhD candidate within your department or faculty? The Central PhD Council maps these kinds of problems and puts them on the agenda of the Executive Board. The CPC meets the University’s Rector Magnificus four times a year, and is in contact with various common service units (such as the student psychologists) to improve the working environment for PhD candidates.

For the academic year 2018-2019 we are focussing on psychological health and well-being of PhD candidates, confusion regarding contracts, and improvement of the organization of PhD representation at different administrative levels. We will keep you informed of this and other ongoing topics via our newsletter.

The board of the Central PhD Council consists of six members: one for each faculty of the University of Amsterdam, with the exception of the Faculty of Medicine (AMC-UvA). We meet once a month, every time at another faculty. PhD candidates who are not a board member, or other university staff members, may attend the board meetings to discuss and put issues on the agenda. Feel free to send us an email!

PhD Network of the Netherlands