PRIDE Conference

The PRIDE conference, intended as an annual event, gathers professionals from various institutions as well as colleagues from related areas in order to exchange practices, to foster discussions on trends and urgent policy developments and to network with international peers.

Shaping Doctoral Education – the Role of Professionals at Universities

Latest with the publication of the Berlin Communiqué 2003 and the “10 Salzburg Principles” 2005, doctoral education has become one of the most dynamic fields at universities bringing frequent change and reforms. For instance, many universities established Doctoral Schools as well as additional support offers for doctoral candidates such as workshops in transferable skills. The overall goal of many changes is to strengthen the institutional responsibility in the field of doctoral education. To achieve this, universities need professionalized university administration to implement the new reforms. Scheijderberg et al (2013) describe this new type of staff as “Higher Education Professionals”. Following Whitchurch (2008) their position lies between the purely academic and administrative sphere and could also be called “Third Space Professionals”.

The first conference of the PRIDE-Network Association aims at shedding light on these “Higher Education Professionals” in Doctoral Education. Who are these people? What job and qualification profiles do they have? How are they working together with different stakeholders within and outside university? Is a professional identity already arising?

These and other questions will be discussed on 5 and 6 April 2018 in Vienna. First insights about characteristics and roles of professionals in Doctoral Education were already gained through the PRIDE project that was funded by the European Commission DG EAC with help of the Lifelong Learning Programme. The results are published in the handbook “Professionals in Doctoral Education”. For the conference in April, the board of the PRIDE-network Association is looking forward to a lively participation from the community.

Registration is already open!

Cited literature:

Schneijderberg, C., Teichler, U., Merkator, N., Kehm, B.M. (2013). Verwaltung war gestern? Neue Hochschulprofessionen und die Gestaltung von Studium und Lehre. Campus, Frankfurt.

Whitchurch, C. (2008b) ‘Shifting Identities and Blurring Boundaries: The Emergence of Third Space Professionals in UK Higher Education’, Higher Education Quarterly, vol. 62, no. 4, pp. 377–396.

Zinner, L., Editor (2016). Professionals in Doctoral Education. A handbook. Vienna.

5 April 2018

Chair: Melita Kovacevic

Venue: Sky Lounge (Top floor, Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1, 1090 Vienna)

15:30 Registration and Coffee
16:00 General Assembly
  Start of the Conference
17:00 Welcome note
Get to know the PRIDE Network. Introductory words by the founder of the PRIDE Network Association
17:15 Keynote speech - Celia Whitchurch: the third space
18:00 Networking Reception

6 April 2018

Chair: Lucas Zinner

Venue: Van Swieten Saal of the Medical University Vienna (Van-Swieten-Gasse 1a, 1090 Vienna)

9:00 Introduction to the programme of the day
  Stakeholder views on professionals in doctoral education
9:15 Chair: Chiara Lauritano
Kenneth Wann: what academics expect from PRIDEs?
Eva Hnatkova: the PhD candidates perspective on PRIDEs
10:30 Coffee break
  Role of professionals in doctoral education in policy and networks
11:00 Chair: Melita Kovacevic
Alexander Hasgall: current developments in doctoral education in Europe
Ragnar Lie: the role of networks to professionalize administrative staff
12:00 Peer-to-Peer Business Lunch with C. Whitchurch, K. Wann, R. Lie, A. Hasgall, E. Hnatkova, PRIDE members
Discussion tables with experts, rotating every 30 minutes. Leading questions are: How can professionals shape doctoral education having in mind the different stakeholders within and outside university? Who are professionals in doctoral education – how is the situation at my university? What are the main areas of activity of professionals and what are the hot topics at the moment? What is the future of the PRIDE network? How can PRIDE support developing a professional identity and vivid community? Food will be served to the discussion tables.
14:00 Reports from the discussion tables by the experts and final wrap up of the conference
14:30 Outlook on the PRIDE Network 2018, discussion and concluding remarks
15:30 Farewell Reception (optional)

The pre-conference workshops will be the first meetings of the PRIDE working groups. These were started to tackle some of the most imminent and worked on topics in doctoral education. Every registered user on the PRIDE website can join the working groups to help bringing discussions further. Join here!

All workshops will take place on Thursday 5 April, from 10.00 to 13.00. Locations of the venues will be distributed soon to all registered participants.

Group 1: Data monitoring using qualitative and quantitative indicators
Facilitators: Hannelore de Grande and Christian Kolowrat
Institutions are craving for data to better understand the current situation and needs of their doctoral candidates. This discussion group aims to facilitate exchange of expertise in monitoring PhD study programmes, target audience are professionals who want a better understanding of factors and processes influencing doctoral education.

Location of this workshop will be: Seminarraum 1, Berggasse 7, 1090 Vienna

Group 2: Transferable skills and Career Development for early stage researchers
Facilitator: Bianca Lindorfer
Which support do early stage researchers need for their personal and professional development, how can we best support their career development? Who’s involved in this process, what are the challenges and how can we measure the added value of trainings and other support measures? This group covers a wide range of issues surrounding transferable skills training and Career development measures.

Location of this workshop will be: Sky-Lounge, Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1, 1090 Vienna

Group 3: Start-up Team
Facilitator: Allison O’Reilly
The association is still at its very beginning and there is a lot of room for ideas. In this group we first will present what possibilities members have to become active and help shape the organization. If you have ideas for the Association, you can present them here. If you want to get involved, then join our Start-up team meeting.

Location of this workshop will be: Sky-Lounge, Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1, 1090 Vienna

Celia Whitchurch

Celia Whitchurch is Senior Lecturer in Higher Education at the University College London Institute of Education. Between 2005 and 2009 she undertook two studies funded by the UK Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, on the changing roles and identities of professional staff, and the emergence of a Third Space between academic and professional spheres of activity. In 2015 she was Co-Investigator for a project funded by the UK Higher Education Academy entitled    Shifting Landscapes: meeting the staff development needs of  the changing academic workforce, which led to a report of the same title in 2016. She has published widely on higher education management, was the founding editor of perspectives: policy and practice in higher education, the journal of the Association of University Administrators, and Editor of Higher Education Quarterly, the Journal of the Society for Research into Higher Education  from 2007 to 2017. Her research interests include changing professional identities in higher education, the emergence of ‘blended’ roles between professional and academic domains, and the implications of these changes for career and leadership development. Her monographs include Reconstructing Identities in Higher Education: The Rise of Third Space Professionals (Routledge 2013) and  Reconstructing Relationships in Higher Education: Challenging Agendas (with George Gordon) (Routledge 2017.)

Eva Hnatkova

Eva Hnatkova is a General Board Member and Coordinator of Doctoral Training Working Group at the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers (EURODOC). She is currently interested in monitoring of structure and quality of doctoral training across Europe. On behalf of EURODOC, she is a member of Supervisory board of two H2020-MSCA-ITN projects, SAF21 and Edulia, where innovative doctoral training is one of the main components. Eva is also active at national level. She is involved in Committee for doctoral training programmes under the Student Chamber of the Council of HEIs organizing various forums and conferences to open dialog about doctoral education in the Czech Republic. Eva is currying out her PhD in the field of process engineering at Tomas Bata University in Zlín, with previous experience at this institution as a chairperson of the Student chamber of university Academic senate, member of legislative and economical committee or as a member of Rector's Advisory Council.

Ken Wann

Ken Wann is Professor in Cell Physiology at Cardiff University. He has supervised many PhD, MD and Master candidates over 40 years. He was Deputy Dean of the Graduate College (2011-16) that delivers skills development and training to PGRS in Cardiff University. He has been active in doctoral education and training for over 10 years, delivering or supporting workshops on both generic and discipline-specific skills and hosting large scale events and conferences. He also organises and hosts workshops and conferences for the UKCGE in his capacity as a UKCGE executive member. He is a regular attendee and presenter at EUA –CDE meetings.

Alexander Hasgall

Alexander Hasgall is the Head of the EUA Council for Doctoral Education. Before assuming this position he coordinated the “Performances de la recherche en sciences humaines et sociales” (CUS-P3) programme of the Swiss University Rectors conference and was based in the University of Geneva. In this role, he was responsible for a collaborative program of all Swiss Universities which explored how the both the quality and the impact of research in the humanities and social sciences can be made visible and how to find new ways of evaluating the SSH.
Alexander studied philosophy and history at the University of Zurich and the Free University of Berlin. He received his Doctorate in History at the University of Zurich on the history and discourse of transitional justice in Argentina. For this, he spent several month as a visiting scholar at the Universidad Nacional del General Sarmiento in Los Polvorines, Province of Buenos Aires.
Outside of the higher education sector, Alexander acquired different experiences in the NGO-Sector, where he coordinated in Berlin a European network that focused on studying anti-Semitism and other forms of intolerance in Europe and developing strategies for combating it. He also worked as project assistant for a market research company and as a freelance journalist for different Swiss and German media.

Ragnar Lie

Ragnar Lie is an experienced Senior Advisor with a demonstrated history of working in the research and higher education sector. Presently he works at Universities Norway, where is secretary for the national Strategic Research Committee. He holds a Master in Political Science from University of Bergen and he has previously worked at University of Oslo and The Research Council of Norway.

His interests include national and international development of HEIs, University governance and leadership, University modernisation strategies, Knowledge Triangle and innovation policies, Internationalisation and europeanisation of higher educaton and research, European framework programmes, Human resources, career and mobility development in universities, professionalization of research management and not least, ph.d.-policies and strategies. In Universities Norway he coordinates the national network for doctoral education administrators.

Regarding research administration, he initiated the establishment of NARMA in 2012, - the Norwegian network for research administrators in Norway. In 2015 he joined the EARMA Professional Development Working Group, and in 2016 he became chair in what is now named EARMA Professional Development and Recognition Committee.

Hotel Recommendations

for our participants we pre-booked some hotels near the venues. All of them are within walking distance to the conference facilities as well as to the historical city center.

For all bookings please use/state the booking-code PRIDE Association Training_Conference 2018. All hotels will then provide you with a pre-booked room, if still available.

Hotel Regina ****

The 4 star Hotel Regina in Vienna is owned and run in the 4th generation by the Kremslehner family and is completely non-smoking hotel. It is located centrally near a park at the Ringstraße and Vienna University.

For booking you can use the reservation form and send it directly to the following link.

Hotel Boltzmann ****

Within walking distance of the famous Gründerzeit mansions of the Ringstrasse in Vienna, the Hotel Boltzmann Vienna welcomes you in an absolutely quiet and cosy ambience.

For reservation please write to the linked e-mail address using the booking-code given above.

Hotel Deutschmeister ****

The Hotel is located in the Servitenviertel district, which is known for its many restaurants and shops. The Ringstraße boulevard, the Sigmund Freud Museum, the Strauss  Museum  and the Universities are only a short walk away.

For reservation please write to the linked e-mail address using the booking-code given above.

Hotel-Pension Baronesse ****

Within walking distance you will reach Vienna‘s famous 1st district with its major sightseeing places and parks as well as a variety Vienna‘s shops addressing any type of the shopper. Restaurants and bars offering Viennese and international cuisine are reachable within several minutes.

Only for Hotel Baronesse please use the shorter booking code PRIDE !!!


The General Assembly on the first day of the conference followed by Keynote speech and the networking reception will take place in the premises of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics and the Faculty of Mathematics of the University of Vienna, more precisely in the Sky Lounge (Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1, 1090 Vienna). Use the elevators to go up to the top floor (12th floor).

The 1st PRIDE Network annual conference, will take place at the "Van Swieten Saal" at the Medical University Vienna (Van Swieten - Gasse 1a). Find more information about the location as well as directions following the link!

Getting there:

The easiest way to get to the training facilities is to use public transport. Viennese traffic is heavy  in the morning, so we recommend not to take your car.


5 April: use metro line U4 and exit at Station "Rossauer Lände". The sky lounge is within approx. 5 minutes walking distance.

6 April: use metro line U2 and exit at station "Schottentor". The Van Swieten Saal is within max. 15 minutes walking distance or use tram lines 37, 38, 40, 41, 42  and exit at station "Schwarzspanierstraße".

Get more information on the website of Wiener Linien, Vienna’s public transport operator. The site is available in English and contains a route planning option as well as all maps and timetables.

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All speakers confirmed

Alexander Hasgall, Head of the EUA Council for Doctoral Education

Celia Whitchurch, UCL Institute of Education, Professor and Expert on Higher Education. The work of the PRIDE project very much was influenced by her research.

Eva Hnatkova, EURODOC Board Member, coordinator of a Working group on Doctoral training

Kenneth Wann, Professor of Cell Physiology and former Deputy Dean of the University Graduate College, Cardiff. PRIDE Board Member

Ragnar Lie, Universities Norway, EARMA Chair of the the Professional Development and Recognition Committee

We believe in knowledge-sharing as a competitive advantage and try to achieve this with interactive webinars organised by professionals, for professionals. Our first webinar aimed at professionals who want to offer support measures for supervisors such as trainings within their organizations.

Watch the webinar with Stan Taylor, author of the "Handbook for Doctoral Supervisors" and Honorary Fellow in the School of Education at Durham University as well as with Melita Kovačević, Vice-President of the PRIDE Association!