1st 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.

1st PRIDE Confercence: 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 aimed at shedding light on these “Higher Education Professionals” in Doctoral Education.

About 80 people joined the one and a half days event in Vienna and discussed the roel of professionals as well as current trends in doctoral education.


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Our speakers and their presentations

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

Videos of the first PRIDE Conference

Here you can find recordings of the main presentations of the PRIDE conference 2018. Please note that you need to be logged in to be able to watch the videos.

Maybe of interest

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!