Here you find an overview of the various support services offered by the TU Delft. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you feel in need of any support with regard to your mental health and wellbeing at work: these people are there to help you! If you are unsure which service is best suited to your needs, you can contact the Faculty Graduate School of Aerospace Engineering at to help in directing you to the right service.

Who? For what? How?
PhD Senior Companion Practical and more informal questions, support during the initial phase of the PhD, social connections. By e-mail/phone.
Mentor Sounding board for work-related queries and issues that the PhD does not want to discuss with the supervisory team. The mentor can inform, provide advice, reassure and refer the PhD candidate, if necessary. Contact your mentor via e-mail. If you are unsure who your mentor is, you can contact the Faculty Graduate School via

External University Social Worker:

Marinka Versteeg & Marjorie Afman

Contact for external coaching and support about work, career or personal challenges. Could be any topic, including things like a perceived excessive workload, reduced ability to perform, sleep issues, and personal issues (not psychological).

By phone: +31651272933

By email: or

External certified psychologist of the OPENUP organization Contact when you want to talk to an independent person about work or personal challenges affecting your state of mind. Could be any topic. Schedule a meeting easily online, for example for the next day.
Workload and Vitality Coach Coaches you when you are struggling with your current workload, (the transition to) online working, and difficulties in maintaining your resilience and vitality. The coach offers up to 3 online coaching calls to help you.

Register by sending an email to

Please mention in the email which coach you would prefer, you can find more info here.

University Health Services Doctor:
Harry Voogd, MD

Contact if you are dealing with work-related physical and/or mental health problems and want assistance and advice.

Offers preventive advice, preventive medical examinations, and sick leave-related counselling. Can refer you to other specialists if necessary.

By phone: +31 15 278 3624

By email:

External confidential counsellor Sandra van den Hor Contact when you want a listening ear in the case of encountering undesirable behaviour (bullying, aggression, intimidation) in the workplace. Cannot mediate between different parties in work conflicts. Does not engage in official investigations.

By phone: +31621170603

By email:

External Ombudsman

Contact when you want advice on dilemmas or conflicts related to the work sphere. Possible issues include inappropriate behaviour, administrative integrity, conflicts of interest, and neglect of duty.

Independent officer, is bound by confidentiality and can act as an intermediary. Has the right to conduct investigations. However, he is not an official mediator.

By email: