Advising in Cases of Conflict


Within the framework of the measures for quality assurance in doctoral procedures, the University of Mannheim has appointed ombudspersons to mediate in case that differences between supervisors and their doctoral students arise in the course of the doctorate.

Confidential and independent

The ombudspersons are confidential contacts for both doctoral students and supervisors. They are independent entitiesthat provide advice and mediate in cases of conflict. They can only make recommendations for conflict resolution, the implementation of which is left to the parties concerned.

If you need advice, you can contact one of the ombudspersons directly. Before contacting them, please refer to the Statutes of the University of Mannheim (section 3) for information on the exact procedure.

In any case, your request will be treated confidentially and information will not be passed on to third parties.

You are also welcome to contact the advisor on doctoral studies at the University of Mannheim in advance and arrange a consultation appointment.

Prof. Dr. Caroline Lusin

Prof. Dr. Caroline Lusin

University of Mannheim
Anglistik II
L 10, 11–12 – Room 315
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
Wed 11–12 a.m. via Zoom
(Registration by e-mail)
Prof. Dr. Thorsten Meiser

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Meiser

Professorship for Research Methods and Psychological Assessment
University of Mannheim
School of Social Sciences
L 13, 15 – Room 520
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
Fri 11 a.m. – 12 noon


At times, we all need someone to turn to for advice, e.g. in case of difficult situations among colleagues or in the event of conflicts with our supervisors and/or with our fellow doctoral students. Even if you simply have the feeling that you cannot stand up to all the demands you have to cope with, we will always have a sympathetic ear for you. We advise you independently and with complete confidentiality.

The counseling service of the Department of Equal Opportunity and Social Diversity provides advice on the following topics, among others:

  • Sexual harassment
  • Anti-discrimination
  • Observance of the Code of Conduct of the University of Mannheim
  • Reconciling family and work
Alexandra Raquet

Alexandra Raquet (she/her)

Diversity and Dual Career
University of Mannheim
Department of Equal Opportunity and Social Diversity
B 6, 30–32 – Room 014
68159 Mannheim