Mission Statement

The PRIDE-network Association aims at representing the community of Professionals in Doctoral Education within Europe and beyond.


The mission of the Association for Professionals in Doctoral Education is to be the leading professional resource for advancement of professionals and those wishing to learn about the field with the ultimate goal to improve doctoral education.

We do this by:

  • Establishing, promoting, and advocating professional standards and practices;
  • Helping higher education institutions understand the roles and potential of professional staff;
  • Promoting training resources and opportunities for advancement professionals;
  • Supporting professional growth and advancement for professionals;
  • Facilitating relationships and interaction among professionals.

The association works to accomplish its mission through the following core strategies:


Be a voice for those in the field of advancement services to raise the profile of our profession. Contribute to the establishment of a definition for the role we play in institutional advancement in support spreading from university leadership, supervisors and doctoral candidates. Develop and maintain cooperative relationships with existing organizations and networks as well as with other associations of related professions in higher education.

Professional Development

Play an active role in defining and developing training opportunities and share best practices. Help develop informational and other kind of tools in any available format to share through which we can best perform our contributions to our respective organizations.

Global Networking

Strive to be the hub through which professional peers from around the world can reach out to share innovative ideas, discuss upcoming challenges and even provide benchmark concepts from which all can benefit both at the individual professional level and in the broader perspective within organizations.

Ethics and Accountability

Establish, affirm, and articulate the best standards of ethical practice for professionals, both as individuals and as members of professional staff at their respective organizations.


Enhance interest and awareness of the profession; promote active participation across all institutional types and missions, and across the range of professional roles.

Handbook Professionals in Doctoral Education

The Handbook was one of the major outputs of the PRDE project. It is licensed under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 - Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International License.

We believe in knowledge-sharing as a competitive advantage and try to achieve this with interactive webinars organised by professionals, for professionals. Our second webinar aimed at professionals who want to set up, improve or reflect on their training offers in transferable skills.

Watch the webinar with Verity Eston and Christian Dumpidak an Transferable Skills Training recorded in November 2018!