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.

3rd PRIDE Annual Conference on 26 and 27 March 2020

Hosting Institution: Charles University Praha

Giving a voice to professionals in doctoral education – how do we communicate and position ourselves?

Thinking of the job profile of professionals in doctoral education, communication skills are one major must-have. Universities are complex organizations with diverse stakeholders who have different needs and goals. Professionals in doctoral education are expected to have an awareness of the interplay of these different interests in their working environment and to be able to communicate with the diverse stakeholders.

Celia Whitchurch highlights in her studies on “Third Space Professionals” that new portfolios of activity have arisen which require professionals to collaborate and communicate with colleagues within and outside their institutions. In her study, Whitchurch (2012) categorizes bundles of activities for instance student life and welfare, including equity, quality, employability and internationalisation or research and business partnership, including enterprise and fundraising.

Given such a complexity of activities, communication in the field of doctoral education is a challenging task.

With the PRIDE annual conference on 26 and 27 March 2020 in Prague, we want to shed a light on the topic of how professionals in doctoral education can best communicate with their colleagues and partners. One aspect is the question of how professionals communicate with their target groups, and the objectives and methods they can put to use. Another is how professionals position themselves in the community of peers and within their institutions.

The following topics will be discussed with experts:

  • Communicating within university management (academics and non-academics)
  • Communicating with doctoral candidates
  • Communicating beyond the university (for instance , local businesses, press and social media, community groups)

What are the goals when communicating with the different stakeholders? How do professionals position themselves in their environment? What are communication strategies and tools? What are the challenges when communicating with the different stakeholders? What are communication no-go´s with certain interest groups? What are good practices?

These and other questions will be addressed at the PRIDE annual conference 2020.

Cited literature:

Whitchurch, Celia. Reconstructing identities in higher education: The rise of 'third space' professionals. Routledge, 2012.

Call for contributions: If you want to contribute to this years´ conference programme as a speaker, please get in contact with us about the topic you would like to present (until 14 February): info.pride-network@univie.ac.at

26 and 27 March 2020

Venue: Charles University Conference Centre - Blue Lecture Hall

Please keep in mind that this is a draft programme!

26 March, Day 1

16:00 - 17:00 General Assembly (election of the board)
17:00 - 17:30 Networking and Registration
17:30

Key note: Åse Gornitzka,  Vice-Rector candidate and professor of Political Science at the University of Oslo

Discussion

18:30 Networking Reception

 

27 March, Day 2

9:00 - 11:00

3 Expert Speakers: Topic: Strategic Communication

Douglas Halliday, Vice-Chair of the UK Council for Graduate Education and Director of the Durham Global Challenges Centre for Doctoral Training

Maura Hannon, expert and trainer in the field of communication and writing with focus on digital media space

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 - 13:00 Panel Discussion: How professionals position themselves in the community of peers and within their institutions?
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch with expert speakers and panelists
14:00 - 15:30 Contributions from the community (see call for contributions until 14 February)
15:30 - 16:00 Summary and Conclusions

 

 

Åse Gornitzka is professor at the Department of Political Science and, since 2017, Vice-Rector for Research and Internationalisation at the University of Oslo. Gornitzka holds a doctoral degree in Public Administration from the University of Twente. Gornitzka’s research employs an institutional perspective based on organisation theory. She has studied reform and change in higher education, organisational change within universities and the interface between expertise, public administration and governance in the EU and at the national level. Gornitzka’s most recent contributions deal with reputation management in public sector organisations, such as Universities as Agencies: Reputation and Professionalization (Palgrave – Macmillan, 2019), a book she edited together with Christensen and Ramirez.

Douglas Halliday is Vice-Chair of the UK Council for Graduate Education. He is also Director of the Durham Global Challenges Centre for Doctoral Training supporting a cohort of 25 international students from 17 developing nations to undertake multidisciplinary doctoral research projects across 15 academic departments exploring solutions to one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. He is a Co-Director of Durham Energy Institute and the Director of the Multidisciplinary Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy which trains doctoral candidates across science and social sciences. The Energy CDT provides a multidisciplinary training environment helping doctoral candidates to understand the breadth and complexity of the whole energy system. He is the Chair of the European Universities Association Energy and Environment Platform. He has helped organise the UK Council for Graduate Education International Conference on Developments in Doctoral Education and Training, held every two years since 2013. Previously, he was Dean of Durham’s Graduate School from 2005-2010 and a recipient of the 2009 THE Award for Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Fellow the Energy Institute.

Maura Hannon founded English Slate after leading multiple international projects for a Swiss-based innovation company. Maura provides high-level writing, strategy and communication services. She also regularly trains PhDs and Postdocs in writing and digital scholarship at several Swiss universities. Originally from Australia, Maura started her career as a political advisor and later as the Communications Officer for the Australian National Competition Council. Maura obtained an MBA summa cum laude from the Curtin Graduate School of Business and a BA with Honours (Pol Sci) from the University of Western Australia.

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Speakers confirmed

Åse Gornitzka, Vice-Rector and professor of Political Science at the University of Oslo

Douglas Halliday, Vice-Chair of the UK Council for Graduate Education and Director of the Durham Global Challenges Centre for Doctoral Training

Maura Hannon, expert and trainer in the field of communication and writing with focus on digital media space

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.

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