PhD Community & Representation
The MHeNs’ PhD Community consists of approximately 300 PhDs, who are represented by six PhD candidates from the three MHeNs divisions. The PhD representatives play an important role as the contact persons for PhD students of MHeNs and gives them a voice in the school. Their role is to facilitate communication between the PhD students, the PhD coordinator, and the MHeNs Board; and to help develop PhD grassroots initiatives. The PhD representatives are taking part in the Educational Committee meetings of MHeNs. In addition, the PhD representative for MHeNs is also member of the Faculty PhD Committee (FPC). The FPC of the FHML advises the Board about the broad domain of PhD related issues. The committee is also a platform for the exchange of knowledge and experiences and the discussion of relevant developments and operational issues within and between Schools/Institutes.
MHeNs PhD Committee
PhD representative for MHeNs
Jette de Vos | Division 2: Mental Health
Vijverdalseweg 1, 6226 NB Maastricht.
PhD students representing each division:
MHeNs PhD Activities
MHeNs PhD candidates meet 4-5 times a year during the so-called 'MHeNs Pizza meetings'. They invite speakers on diverse topics like "Publishing in high impact or open access journals; Networking; Ethics and Transferable Research Skills" etc. Afterwards they close off the event in a more informal setting by eating pizza together. In addition, the PhDs organize annually a MHeNs Mingle day, to stimulate informal and formal exchanges between MHeNs PhDs of the different divisions. They also meet during the annual MHeNs Research day and the EURON PhD days.
In addition, at Maastricht University, there is a vibrant PhD community. There are many ways to connect with your peers on a social and professional level, for instance through the PhD Academy and there is a UM-wide platform, the Central PhD Candidates Platform (CPCP) that discusses interfaculty and (inter)national issues that concern PhD candidates. This includes topics such as workload, contractual and other statuses, teaching duties, psychological health and the duration of PhD tracks.