HOW TO
Improve PhD Supervision

1.5-day in-house course

Overview

This course supports supervisors in reflecting on and improving supervision of their PhD candidates. If you supervise PhD students and feel that the relationship could be improved in its efficiency, time-management and expectations, you are an ideal candidate for this course. Participants exchange experiences with colleagues and learn about the main problems in undertaking a PhD project from the point of view of the PhD student. You get suggestions and tools to optimise the quality of your supervision. You are given advice on the decisive early steps of the relationship between supervisor and PhD student, the supervisory process, and tools for evaluating and further developing your supervisory skills.

During the course you test the application of these tools in practical exercises. At the end of the course, you have a variety of instruments at hand that you can apply directly for improving supervision of your PhD candidates.

What you learn

  • International developments in PhD education
  • Biggest problems of PhD students
  • Time to completion
  • Challenges of supervisors
  • Good practices in supervision
  • Developing supervisory styles
  • Enhancing the supervisor-student-relationship
  • Clarifying expectations
  • Setting up supervisory agreements
  • Organising productive supervisory meetings
  • Monitoring student progress
  • Self-and peer-assessment

Level

Academic staff who supervise PhD students

ECTS

0.5

Participants

max. 20

Duration

1.5 days (9 am – 5 pm, 9 am - 1 pm)

Instructor

Dr. Bärbel Tress

Venue

In-house at your preferred location

Get Started Yourself

How We Helped Others With
Supervising PhD Students

“The course provides a very good hands-on guidance to improve supervision. Very structured introduction into the topic/problem and detailed presentation of tools.”

Senior Researcher

KIT/IMK-IFU, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

“I enjoyed learning how to develop individual supervision styles, and to hear about other supervisors’ experiences, which in turn influenced me to think about how to develop my own style in such a way it could most benefit my students.”

Postdoc Researcher

KIT/IMK-IFU, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

“Very helpful advice! Lots of practical suggestions that I can try out with my PhD students.”

Postdoc Researcher

University of Oldenburg, Germany

“I enjoyed learning how to develop individual supervision styles, and to hear about other supervisors’ experiences.”

Senior Researcher

ZALF Müncheberg, Germany

“Great course – we discussed many tools which one can use to improve supervision. No one says you have to do this or that – it’s all your choice. In the end, it’s our PhD students who will benefit and for us it’ll make supervision more manageable and structured.”

Postdoc Researcher

University of Oldenburg, Germany

“I found it great that we transferred each tool to our own PhD students. We even practiced supervisory sessions and collegial feedback, which I may not have tried otherwise, but found it very helpful.”

Postdoc Researcher

ZALF Müncheberg, Germany