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Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA)

PhD Council

The PhD Council represents all PhD candidates affiliated with the Leiden University Academy for Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA) and promote their interest.

What is the Council?

The PhD Council aims to stay informed of the PhD candidates’ concerns and any relevant matters and to play an active role in developments that may concern PhD candidates, within ACPA and/or the university at large. The Council can operate as an intermediary between PhD candidates and the ACPA management team, discussing opportunities and issues.

Another Council's objective is to increase and maintain the social cohesion and collaboration within the institute's PhD student community. To this end, the Council can organise activities that promote the exchange of knowledge, skills, experiences and ideas among the PhD candidates.

You can contact the PhD council at phdcouncilacpa@gmail.com.

PhD student forum and SLACK, two new initiatives for and by ACPA students!

Apart from supervision meetings and focus sessions, most of us work alone on our research in different corners of the world. In this situation, it is sometimes easy to forget that there are others who share similar issues, struggles, dreams.

Since June this year, the ACPA PhD-council has been organising a monthly forum for doctoral students across ACPA's PhD-programmes. The main purpose of the forum is to give students the chance to present and discuss our personal research with each other, as well as, more generally, to meet and exchange. Having the possibility to meet peers in a fixed 'virtual' place and time each month helps refine our work, in addition to being a space in which to talk freely about the challenges and pleasures of our personal PhD-trajectories.

The forum also features guest speakers suggested by the students, such as the October session with User Experience specialist Charlotte Franenberg, who spoke about ‘dealing with criticism and perfectionism’.

Our fora takes place each last Wednesday of the month between 20h-22h in a Kaltura live room. Invitations and a link are sent to the students prior to each meeting, and suggestions are always welcome! These can be sent to phdcouncilacpa@gmail.com.

The Council has also created a Slack platform for students only with channels about artistic research and funding possibilities, as well as tips about organisation flow, writing and finding references, among other tools that we hope might bring our work to the 'next' level! Contact us to receive an invite. We need you to keep the platform and the forum alive and running! 

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