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Reaping the rewards of the PhD coaching journey

In the middle of isolation and social distancing measures I connected with two wonderful PhD candidates from Austria and Portugal, who also are a coach and a coachee or coaching client, for an open and honest conversation about the benefits and rewards of PhD coaching. We spanned Europe to talk about the human aspects of […]

Why thriving is a better criterion for PhD success than excellence (part 1)

For her PhD project Katharina Lemmens-Krug (MSc UTwente) is studying challenges of present-day universities regarding their governance – more specifically concerning steering capacity of university leadership and the relation with centres for excellence in teaching and learning. In this interview dr. Claartje van Sijl talks with her about ways to understand excellence from the individual […]

Why thriving is a better criterion for PhD success than excellence (part2)

For her PhD project Katharina Lemmens-Krug (MSc UTwente) is studying challenges of present-day universities regarding their governance – more specifically concerning steering capacity of university leadership and the relation with centres for excellence in teaching and learning. In this interview dr. Claartje van Sijl talks with her about ways to understand excellence from the individual […]

PhD success and mental wellbeing in an international context (part 2)

Judith Zijlstra (MA) is doing a part-time PhD project in sociology and migration studies. She investigates international mobility in academic careers of Iranians and the ways they translate professional experience from one context to the other. In this interview dr. Claartje van Sijl (independent career coach for academics) discusses with her what makes an international […]

PhD success and mental wellbeing in an international context (part 1)

Judith Zijlstra (MA) is doing a part-time PhD project in sociology and migration studies. She investigates international mobility in academic careers of Iranians and the ways they translate professional experience from one context to the other. In this interview dr. Claartje van Sijl (independent career coach for academics) discusses with her what makes an international […]

What is PhD success and does it imply a deliberate risk for your mental and social health? (2)

Dr. Els van Rooij investigates PhD trajectories for the Graduate School at Groningen University. In particular, she focusses on success factors in PhD research projects. Key topics are working pressure and mental wellbeing of PhD candidates, as well as social aspects of the academic working environment and the supervisory relationship. This is PART 2 of […]

What is PhD success and does it imply a deliberate risk for your mental and social health? (1)

Dr. Els van Rooij investigates PhD trajectories for the Graduate School at Groningen University. In particular, she focusses on success factors in PhD research projects. Key topics are working pressure and mental wellbeing of PhD candidates, as well as social aspects of the academic working environment and the supervisory relationship. This is an interview with […]