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PhD Support

Dissatisfaction with the work environment and the occurrence of conflicts with supervisors and management in general happen in all kinds of organisations irrespective of whatever safety measures have been taken to ensure optimal functioning on the work floor.

Many of such conflicts are often the result of miscommunication, misunderstanding, prejudice, etc. and can adequately be resolved if raised in time. For dealing with such problems the FGGA Graduate School has its own independent confidential adviser in Dr. Henk Tromp.  He is also the confidential adviser of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.  Dr. Henk Tromp is available to all our PhD candidates (internal, contract, and external candidates).

When to appeal to the Graduate School’s confidential adviser?
The adviser is the right person to consult on, or to report to, all kinds of sensitive work-related issues, which staff members cannot openly discuss with their direct supervisor or institute’s board. Or in case the actions already taken for resolving the problems have failed to achieve the desired results.

Which kind of complaints can the adviser deal with?
The complaints and points of dissatisfaction should primarily be work-related. For example, conflicts with a supervisor about work load or future perspective, suspicions of discrimination, plagiarism, sexual harassment, feelings of intimidation, hostility, neglect and disrespect. In addition, issues which specifically apply to PhD candidates such as excessive pressure on publishing or lecturing, dissatisfaction with the quality of the supervision, meeting’s frequency with (daily) supervisor, feedback’s quality and delay and work conditions in general.

What can the Graduate School’s confidential adviser do for you?
The adviser's task is to assist faculty's personnel in dealing with their complaints and problems primarily by mindful listening, giving information and advice, offering support and mediation. And if necessary, to submit reported and not resolved conflicts to higher institute’s or faculty’s board for further investigation.

What does confidentiality mean?
It is important to emphasize that due to the sensitive character of the consultations the adviser is obliged to act with the utmost prudence. Confidentiality means that the identity of the staff members and their specific complaints will not be revealed to anyone and that no action will be undertaken without their direct request and full consent as well.

Contact details
You can make an appointment by sending an e-mail to Dr. Henk Tromp

Leiden PhD Association (LEO)
aims to provide a platform for PhD candidates at Leiden University. They organise social events, represent PhD-specific interests, and maintain contact with other PhD organisations.

PhD platform
The PhD platform is a network of all PhD candidates of the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs. They organise biannual meetings to discuss common issues and share knowledge about life as a PhD candidate. The PhD platform is run by a board consisting of PhD candidates. Their website provides information about upcoming events and previously shared documents.

Note: The PhD platform website is ONLY accessible to PhD candidates of the Graduate School of Governance and Global Affairs.

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