Let’s talk about PhD student well-being

I’m in the forth year of my PhD. By now, I’ve struggled with a lot of (self-imposed) stress, lack of resilience, sudden crying, and the feeling of being completely overwhelmed. I’ve seen colleagues going in and out of burnout, experiencing impostor phenomenon and being sabotaged by their perfectionism. In short – PhD well-being is an […]

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Teaching teachers

In the framework of a bigger project, I got the chance to teach university teachers in Poland about student and teacher well-being! It was a really great experience and I was very nervous beforehand – unjustified, as it turned out. They were a very cool crowd and open for discussions and reflections on academic well-being, […]

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Finally, in-person conferences!

After two years of waiting, hoping, crossing fingers, getting disappointed, and presenting everything online, with no visual audience or fruitful discussions, I finally got the pleasure to attend real-life in-person conferences! This last month, I visited the EARLI SIG 1&4 conference focusing on higher education in Cádiz, Spain, and the JURE conference for EARLI junior […]

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Pre-Print: Student Well-Being in Times of COVID-19 in the Netherlands

We proudly announce that we have published the pre-print of our current paper about student well-being one year into the COVID-19 pandemic that we wrote together with Miranda Trippenzee and Joke Fleer from the University Medical Center Groningen! In this manuscript, we explore the contextual factor and basic psychological needs that affected student well-being throughout […]

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My little German experience this summer

This year, I will attend the first student health conference in Mainz, the city I studied, lived, and worked in for eight years – so this is something quite special for me! At this conference, I will present the preliminary results of my intervention study, testing a game-approach to enhance student well-being in resilience in […]

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Conferences this summer

I’m really excited! Spring is here, which means that summer is just around the corner and with it the next conference season – and, most importantly, my first in-person conference season! This year, we will be presenting our preliminary results of our ongoing intervention study at the JURE conference for young researchers in Porto, Portugal, […]

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Pre-print publication: Caught Between Relief and Unease

Twenty-four interviews, eleven months of data collection, just as much time analysing, then writing everything up, and now, voilà! The pre-print publication of our second paper is now officially online, in which we investigated student well-being during COVID-19, their resilience factors throughout the pandemic and the role of the learning environment herein. You can find […]

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The project’s aim: an intervention

Long time no see! We had a lot to work on and are now proud to give you a quick update on how things were going these last weeks. From the beginning, the initial aim of the whole PhD project was to create and test an intervention tailored to promote student well-being in a systemic […]

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Our presentation at the Healthy Ageing Symposium

Last week, we presented the preliminary results of our longitudinal study on student well-being in COVID-19 times at the Healthy Ageing Symposium at our Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences of the University of Groningen (check the previous entry to see the presentation; check here for more information about the symposium). It was such a […]

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Conference season is over

And with it begins the excessive writing season! But before we can actually present some papers, I want to share with you our conference presentations. In August, we joined the JURE and EARLI conference, both of them in an online environment – and despite the remote set-up, it was an amazing experience to join, meet […]

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