Beadle's Office

Welcome to the Beadle’s Office

The Beadle’s Office undertakes and supervises the PhD defence ceremony procedure on behalf of the Rector of Erasmus University Rotterdam. It organises and prepares academic ceremonies such as PhD defence ceremonies, inaugural speeches, valedictory speeches, the opening of the academic year and the celebration of the Dies Natalis, or anniversary of the university. The Beadle’s Office also has an advisory role in other university events, such as graduations and awarding degree certificates, presenting prizes and honours, and speeches. The Beadle’s Office, under the management of Mrs M.H.B.M. van Kester, takes care of Erasmus University Rotterdam's academic rituals.

The PhD defences will not take place publicly in the Senate Hall or Professor Andries Queridoroon due to the coronavirus. The candidates will defend their thesis online. Below your will find the protocol for online defences.

Protocol online defences- updated 13/07/2020

Contact Beadle's Office

Email address
0031 10 408 1006
Room A1-05 (near the Senaatszaal)
Erasmus Building | Building

Visiting address: Woudestein - room A1-05 (near the Senaatszaal)

Route and directions

Visiting times: Monday through Friday between 9.30 hrs and 13.00 hrs (or by appointment)

PhD defence ceremonies

PhD defence ceremonies at Erasmus University Rotterdam

PhD defence ceremonies

Inaugural speeches

Information on inaugural speeches at Erasmus University Rotterdam

Inaugural speeches

Academic rituals

General information on academic rituals at Erasmus University Rotterdam

Academic rituals

Hora Finita

For promovendi at Erasmus University Rotterdam and Erasmus MC

Log in