PhD council

What is the PhD council?

The PhD council is a gathering for both official PhD representatives as well as any PhD student with ideas or opinions. At our informal meetings (about 6 per year) we discuss relevant UHasselt news and policy changes, and take action whenever needed.

Apart from bringing together elected representatives from the board of directors, the faculty and department councils as well as the doctoral school boards and management teams, we also appoint additional representatives for:

  • Doctoral School council & VLIR workgroup DS
  • Food commission
  • Library commission
  • Council for Student Facilities

Every member - whether they take up a mandate or not - is informed about current affairs and can apply this knowledge in their own environment and spread it amongst colleagues.

We start each meeting with updates from our representatives and then continue with a more in-depth discussion on relevant topics. These can be just about anything related to the work and life of a PhD student at UHasselt, ranging from doctoral school and university policies to practical organisational issues at the department level or to the supplying of food in the cafeteria.

For questions or more info you can read our mission statement, talk to one of our members, or send an e-mail to


The PhD council is endorsed by UHasselt’s board of directors to support a broad and strong engagement of all elected PhD students in the university's policymaking. We attain this by regularly bringing together all PhD representatives and (a priori without restrictions) all interested PhD students in one organisational entity to:

  1. stimulate the exchange of policy information amongst PhD students and provide them with a consultative body;
  2. unite the PhD representatives under a common strategy and streamline our communication with the management of the UHasselt and its doctoral schools;
  3. democratically appoint representatives for all superordinate mandates not bound to a specific doctoral school or university substructure (e.g. faculty, department, …).

As such, the PhD council democratically represents all PhD students and defends their rights, while aiming to maintain a healthy and productive relationship with the management of UHasselt and its doctoral schools.


Would you like to join the PhD council? Just contact us!