Graduate school PhD advisor
WIAS has two confidential PhD advisors. They are the first resort for PhD candidates who experience problems in their PhD project. All information shared with a PhD advisor is treated confidentially and the advisor will only take further action with the consent of the PhD candidate. The PhD advisor refers to one of the specialised WUR advisors mentioned below when relevant.
PhD candidates employed by WU can ask their HR advisor about matters concerning legal status, tax and pension rights, and other issues affecting them as employees.
Complaints concerning unwanted behaviour can be filed with the counsellor and eventually submitted to the complaints committee for unwanted behaviour.
WU has two Confidential Counsellors for Research Integrity who can be contacted in case of suspected fraud, plagiarism or other scientific misconduct.
More information about the confidential counsellors and their contact details can be found on the intranet: Support & Mediation.
Occupational social work
PhD candidates who experience problems in their relationship with supervisors or colleagues, or have personal complaints (e.g., burnout or mental health issues) can also directly contact Occupational Social Work (BMW). More information about Occupational Social Work and contact details can be found on the Intranet: Support & Mediation.
PhD candidates can file a formal complaint against a decision of their supervisors with the Academic Board. Ultimately, the Academic Board may appoint a different supervisor.