Supervising PhD Research

  • LocationUtrecht
  • Duration15 hours
  • Starting moment11 September 2024
  • LanguageNederlands, Engels
  • CertificationCertificaat
  • Price€1,375

Supervising scientific research is a complicated process. The nature and possibilities of the researcher, the supervisor(s), and the type of research determine the best (intervention) strategy. This course aims to expand the repertoire of PhD supervisors, enabling them to offer supervision more efficiently and effectively.

Course content

As a daily supervisor or (co)promoter you are a content expert, but also a (co)researcher, coach and assessor. Supervisors learn to handle these roles more efficiently and effectively in this course. Topical questions are raised as: “How do you help the PhD student to become an independent researcher?,” “How do you signal problem behavior in time and how do you deal with it?”, “How do you take different personal work and learning styles into account?” and “How do you communicate about mutual expectations?”

Approach

The approach of the course is focused on mutual exchange of experiences and sharing of good practices. In this course you will build upon your current supervising practice by evaluating what already works and how you can elaborate on that. The challenging situations that you encounter in daily practice will be analyzed together to search for suitable (intervention) strategies. You will practice with effective communication with your PhD candidate and formulate a supervision plan with goals that are clear for you as well as the candidate, taking into account the limited time available for supervision. You will exchange tips and tricks with your colleagues and reflect on your own supervising practice. In addition, (semi-)scientific literature in the field of supervision of PhD candidates will be used to explore the implication of the theory on your day-to-day practice.

Suitable for

This course is primarily intended for daily supervisors and (co)promoters of PhD students at Utrecht University, but is also intended for supervisors of other universities and research institutions.

Number of participants

8 - 14 participants

Entry requirements

  • During course participation, participants must supervise at least one PhD candidate.
  • Your presence is required at all 4 course meetings.

Language

The course will be taught in English.

Price

The course price is €1.375. This includes the book: Supervising PhD Students. A practical guide and toolkit.

Fee for UU lecturers

Lecturers of Utrecht University can use O&T units (if available) or can otherwise participate at reduced rates. In either case in consultation with their own faculty.

Supervising PhD research: Next level

Are you an experienced PhD research supervisor? Then have a look at our new course Supervising PhD research – Next Level.

The course consists of four meetings of approximately 3 hours, spread over two months. Apart from meetings, the participants work on assignments linked to their own practice. The program covers a range of basic subjects. The level of detail will partly depend on the needs of participants; the precise program is based on the inventory of the strengths and weaknesses the participants introduce. The definitive program will be compiled before the start of the first session.

The following components are the building blocks for the program.

  • Exchanging “tricks of the trade” by peer supervisors and reflecting on the implications for your own supervision practice.
  • Developing a supervision plan including: the planning of the PhD program and how to guide your students towards specific learning objectives
  • Assessing the progress of your PhD candidate: discussing content and procedure, but also recognizing risks and warning signals.
  • Creating clarity about the mutual expectations of PhD students and supervisors
  • Performing a strength / weakness analysis of your own PhD candidate(s), linked to: developing scenarios for challenging situations that regularly occur.
  • Analyzing concrete challenging situations form your own supervision practice, and discussing suitable intervention strategies with your peers (peer consultation).
  • Applying insights from practice-oriented core literature in the field of PhD supervision.
  • Practicing with new supervising strategies (for example effective conversational skills) that can be used directly to improve your own supervision practice.
  • Formulating, implementing and evaluating concrete action points (SMART) for the improvement of your own supervision practice.

Literature

The course will refer to international scientific publications in the field of PhD supervision, and use the book (costs included):

Kearns, H. & Finn, J. (2017). Supervising PhD Students. A practical guide and toolkit. Adelaide: ThinkWell.

Throughout the year several groups will start. View all dates below.

January 2024 - Group 1 (FULLY BOOKED)

  • Monday 22 January 2024 (13:30 - 16:30)
  • Monday 12 February 2024 (13:30 - 16:30)
  • Monday 11 March 2024 (13:30 - 16:30)
  • Monday 8 April 2024 (13:30 - 16:30)

Trainer: Marjolein Cremer

January 2024 - Group 2 (FULLY BOOKED)

  • Tuesday 23 January 2024 (13:30 - 16:30 )
  • Tuesday 13 February 2024 (13:30 - 16:30 )
  • Tuesday 19 March 2024 (13:30 - 16:30 )
  • Tuesday 2 April 2024 (13:30 - 16:30 )

Trainer: Marjolein Cremer

March 2024 (FULLY BOOKED)

  • Tuesday 5 March 2024 (13:30- 16:30)
  • Tuesday 26 March 2024 (13:30- 16:30)
  • Tuesday 9 April 2024 (13:30- 16:30)
  • Tuesday 23 April 2024 (13:30- 16:30)

Trainer: Sibel Telli

September 2024 - Group 1 (FULLY BOOKED)

  • Tuesday 10 September (13:30 - 16:30)
  • Tuesday 24 September (13:30 - 16:30)
  • Tuesday 8 October (13:30 - 16:30)
  • Tuesday 22 October (13:30 - 16:30)

Trainer: Pieter de Bordes

September 2024 - Group 2

  • Wednesday 11 September (9:00 - 12:00)
  • Wednesday 25 September ((9:00 - 12:00)
  • Wednesday 9 October (9:00 - 12:00)
  • Wednesday 23 October (9:00 - 12:00)

Trainer: Pieter de Bordes

Incompany / customized course?

We also provide this course incompany, and customized if desired. Are you curious about the possibilities? Please contact us. We are happy to think along with you.

Trainer

Dr. Pieter de Bordes

Dr. Pieter de Bordes

Trainer

Dr. Martine Broekhuizen

Dr. Martine Broekhuizen

Trainer

Dr. Ivana Brasileiro Reis Pereira

Dr. Ivana Brasileiro Reis Pereira

Trainer

Dr. Marjolein Cremer

Dr. Marjolein Cremer

Trainer

Dr. Sanne Elling

Dr. Sanne Elling

Trainer

Dr. Carien Lansink

Dr. Carien Lansink

Trainer

Dr. Marije Stolte

Dr. Marije Stolte

Trainer

Dr. Sibel Telli

Trainer

Dr. Florian Verbeek

Dr. Florian Verbeek

Do you have an (educational) question, or are you curious about in-company and customisation options? We would be happy to explore the possibilities with you.

Please contact us via:
onderwijsadviesentraining@uu.nl
030 253 2261

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“This course provided me with interesting insights to improve the alignment of expectations between me as a supervisor and my PhD students.”

Ewoudt van de Garde, Graduate School of Life Sciences (UU)

“This training made me more aware of my persona as a supervisor, and gave me useful tools to stimulate and guide my students through any circumstance. Discussing with and learning from peers is a big plus.”

Eljo van Battum, Graduate School of Life Sciences (UU)

“The course was very useful and hands-on. It helped me to structure the supervisory style I have, resulting in a supervisory roadmap that I can adjust to each individual PhD student. It was also great to be able to exchange experiences with other supervisors, particularly about the potential challenges of supervision during the pandemic.”

Associate professor, Faculty of Social Science (UU)