TSP instructions

Introduction
By collective agreement (CAO) between the University Medical Centres it is obligatory for a junior researcher/PhD candidate to draw up a Training and Supervision Plan (TSP) within 3 months after his/her appointment. 'External' PhD candidates who do not have a contract at the Radboud University Medical Center are also requested to hand in a TSP to be evaluated within the RIHS on the conditions that:

  • At least one (co-)promotor is affiliated with the RIHS
  • The PhD project is within the scope of the RIHS
  • The doctorate is obtained at the Radboud University Nijmegen

The TSP is regarded as an agreement, which describes:

  • The intended training and education of the PhD candidate, tailored to the specific tasks of research and teaching
  • The intended doctoral thesis promotor(s) and co-promotor(s)
  • The format and frequency of supervision

The aims are:

  • Improving the knowledge and skills of a PhD candidate needed to finish his/her thesis within the given time
  • To improve the quality of the activities and with that the quality of the thesis
  • To improve knowledge and skills in order to improve the career prospects for the PhD candidate after completion of the thesis
  • To accomplish that excellent researchers are triggered to complete a RIHS PhD thesis

Method
Drawing up a TSP is primarily the responsibility of the PhD candidate and the (co-)promotor(s). It is intended to submit the TSP to the RIHS Training and Supervision Committee (TSC) within 3 months after appointment. Please try out the competence tool while preparing the form. The TSC evaluates each TSP, along with a description of the research project and your curriculum vitae, and offers advice on the proposed training and supervision activities. The TSP will be evaluated during the annual performance interview with the (co-)promotor at least annually. Annually each PhD candidate should submit the progress form.

In order to monitor the progress of the TSP, each RIHS PhD candidate will have to choose a mentor. The mentor has to be an independent associate or full professor from the Radboud University Medical Center.

Upon completion of the thesis, the PhD candidate will be asked for the final TSP version. If the advice of the TSC has been complied with, a RIHS education certificate will be awarded to the PhD candidate.

Practical tips

  • It is recommended to take the greater part of the courses in the first 2 years of your PhD project.
  • The RIHS Introduction course for PhD candidates is mandatory and should be followed as soon as possible.
  • Since 1 September 2014,  the 2-day interactive course on scientific integrity is a mandatory part of the training of 2nd year RIHS PhD candidates (so for those who started their PhD project after 31 August 2013) .
  • For all Radboudumc PhD candidates who perform research involving human subjects and/or patients the eBROK course (Basiscursus Regelgeving en Organisatie voor Klinisch onderzoekers) is mandatory.
  • General courses offered by the Radboud University Nijmegen are basically useful for all PhD candidates and are free of charge for all RU-PhD candidates .
  • You will find an overview of possible relevant courses here.
  • Guidelines for European Credits (EC)

TSP forms
Please download the TSP forms here.

Questions
For questions regarding your TSP you can contact Dr Marieke de Visser, Scientific manager Radboud Institute for Health Sciences, and secretary of the TSC.