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Supervisor advised me to quit late in my PhD

Knowing that the OP is in the Netherlands allows for a more tailored response. In the Netherlands most PhD students enjoy employment as an "AIO". This is full employment contract that gives ...
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Supervisor advised me to quit late in my PhD

(Edit; TooTea points out that you specified the Netherlands in another comment. I'm going to leave this answer basically intact, because I think it best covers the general case, but there are some ...
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Is it unethical to poorly translate an exam from Dutch to English and then present it to the English speaking students?

There are two different questions in here that are mixed up: one about whether the Dutch and English exams should be identical and one about exam quality. Regarding the first question: I fail to see ...
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How does the Dutch academic culture compare to other countries in Europe?

I'm an assistant professor in the Netherlands with previous experiences in other European countries. I fully agree with everything that @Louic writes in his answer. I can especially emphasize the ...
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My department asks to pay back to them the compensation I have received for being a member in a grant proposal assessment committee

Since you are in the Netherlands, your employment is most likely subject to the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The latest copy I could find can be found here. I am not a lawyer ...
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Is it unethical to poorly translate an exam from Dutch to English and then present it to the English speaking students?

I wanted to add an answer that concentrates more specifically on the issues of fairness and ethics. Along with some (but not all) of the commenters, I don't think it is a good idea to characterize a ...
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How does the Dutch academic culture compare to other countries in Europe?

I think this question cannot be answered with a clear answer, but I will try to help because I think my experience may be useful: I am from The Netherlands and got my MSc there. My PhD and Postdoc ...
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My department asks to pay back to them the compensation I have received for being a member in a grant proposal assessment committee

There are often rules that govern how much you can work "on the side". It makes sense that you cannot do additional paid work during the hours that you are already employed. So at a minimum ...
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Why are most universities reluctant to offer open-ended contracts to research-funded-staff (such as postdocs)?

Using the term "postdoc" may cause confusion, because to me a postdoc is by definition an early-career researcher hired for a limited period. But the question as I understand it has nothing ...
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Applying for a PhD during the pandemic

I suggest you should do some (more) research, at least to validate the assumptions in your question: Application fees and other costs. Some Ph.D. programs in Europe don't have any; for instance, when ...
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Change of rules & regulations after accepting faculty contract offer

This is an unfortunate situation were nobody really is to blame. You can't expect the university to warn you about a law that wasn't even in place yet, and the university cannot objectively be mad at ...
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How should one deal with fellow students constantly asking for notes?

Giving course notes is probably ok, if you are happy to provide them as a one-off. If becomes a regular occurrence and the person has no very good reason to not take their own notes (disability or ...
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PhD in the Netherlands: Can I negotiate the starting step in my salary scale?

Short answer, no. Every PhD student starts at the same level, I have never heard of anyone negotiating a higher salary (I did my PhD in the Netherlands). The only two exceptions I am aware of are a) ...
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Should I email professor to update the motivation letter included with my PhD application?

If I was the person who got the application, I'd reply with a polite "Thank you" and then ignore the email. My life, like that of many of my colleagues, consists of too many 2-minute ...
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My department asks to pay back to them the compensation I have received for being a member in a grant proposal assessment committee

It seems perfectly reasonable to me. Your employer pays you for certain hours. They own those hours. Most institutions are happy for you to use some of their time for academic services that don't ...
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Applying for a PhD during the pandemic

You have two options: Apply for a PhD position and risk not getting the position Not apply for a PhD position and be 100% certain of not getting the position The choice is yours.
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Why are most universities reluctant to offer open-ended contracts to research-funded-staff (such as postdocs)?

This answer is from a mostly German perspective, but I guess parts of it would apply to other countries with similar labour laws. The key problem is who to "let go" when funding is short. Are you ...
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What is the function or role of a propaedeutic diploma (in e.g. The Netherlands)?

The propaedeutic diploma is awarded after completing all the requirements for the first year of studies. Not all universities in the Netherlands award it, and its importance seems to be less since ...
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Doing PhD in Germany vs the Netherlands

The salary range for the Amsterdam position is almost certainly a mistake and should read €2395 to €3061. It would average out (over the 4 years and your progression through the salary range) to ~€...
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Applying for a PhD during the pandemic

From the perspective of a professor who has hired PhD students during the pandemic (coincidentally, in the Netherlands -- where we don't have any "application fees" for PhDs): Our ultimate ...
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Supervisor advised me to quit late in my PhD

I can only answer in general terms, because you do not specify which country and which department. Being "in Europe" (note it is a continent with heterogeneous laws), you may have some legal ...
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My university changed my bachelor course. What can I do?

First of all, I'm afraid that there is no legal wrongdoing on your schools end, although I think that you are feeling very betrayed and having received a great injustice. (But I'm not a lawyer, ...
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In what cases is Ethical Committee approval not necessary for a study?

The exact regulations differ per country, but prospective studies with human subjects almost always need approval. Since you tagged your question with "Netherlands", the relevant law is the WMO = "...
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In the Dutch salary system, how do the "steps" ("trede") work?

You automatically go up one step per year, until you reach the top of the scale. Starting points are determined by HR, based on an estimate of how many 'years' into the scale you already should be. ...
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Doing PhD in Germany vs the Netherlands

Quite certainly the number of hours listed will be irrelevant. It would be extremely unusual for a PhD student to be on the clock. The salary range listed for Amsterdam is gigantic. Your net salary in ...
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Supervisor advised me to quit late in my PhD

Dead ends happen in research, I don't think it is feasible to quit PhD over a dead end. However, there is something you should know, a dead end is a big setback. You will most likely take much longer ...
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Second PhD or postdoc and its effects on tenure track position

Nobody will care how many Ph.D. do you have when they consider you for a tenure track position. What will matter is number and quality of your papers/conference presentations after your PhD. If you ...
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Change of rules & regulations after accepting faculty contract offer

While there are probably nuances to the situation, this sounds a lot like the tax laws have changed resulting in you having a much higher tax liability. Maybe the university will be nice and offer ...
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Negative marks for mistakes

I've seen such grading used for true-false and multiple-choice questions in an exam, where a right answer gained you points and a wrong answer cost you points, but I've never heard of a problem worth "...
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