Texts & Tools


Texts & Tools

You will find here a collection of contributions of different authors sharing their ideas, views or lessons learnt during their professional development. Please feel encouraged to comment on the contributions and share your experiences on the various topics. If you would like to add your own contribution, please get in contact with us.

How to valorise my PhD? First aid in planning your career path, Authors: Van Damme, I., Kerkhofs, S., & Nivelle, N.

In 2012, a pilot project was launched at Hasselt University, Belgium, entitled ‘How to valorise my PhD? First aid in planning your career path’. It was a two-stage project, aimed at PhD students and postdocs from across all disciplines, aiming at supporting young researchers in developing their professional career.

Dahlem Research School measures facilitating transition to the labor market, Author: Martina van de Sand

Since 2013 Dahlem Research School has expanded its Career Development offerings in general in the frame of its Professional Development Program directed at doctoral candidates. In this context, the DRS has launched new initiatives to support careers of prospective graduates beyond academia. The following text describes the two general initiatives DRS Pro Business and DRS Pro Gründung, renamed DRS Pro Transfer in 2016 .

Conflict Consultation - Dealing with crises and conflicts

Everybody working at a doctoral school knows several cases of conflict between doctoral students and their supervisors. Ways need to be found to deal with each case seperately but also to find an overall procedure to foster the needs of both sides. Humboldt Graduate School developed an interesting format of professional counselling and mediation, which proved to be highly effienct and may act as a role model for other Higher Education Institutions.

Supporting Doctoral Supervision at the University of Graz

Gerald Lind describes the struggles at the University of Graz during the process of establishing the support unit to improve doctoral education "DocServices". Especially the met dissapproval by supervisors due to various reasons was striking. The DocServices team found a successful way of creating a basis of acknowledgement for a new supervisory culture within their institution.

Professionalizing Supervision

It is shown in many studies, that supervision is the most influential factor on PhD satisfaction and has also been linked with timely completion. While the significance and impact of good supervisory practice is not questioned, however, there is less consensus on a definition of good supervisor practice and, in particular, on the kinds of support which can be provided by universities in order to improve it. The need to offer training is nowadays widely mentioned by university leaders. However, there is not that much material or tools available for those, who actually want to run a workshop for supervisors or who want to provide tools for supervisors to help them reflect on and improve their practice.

A Handbook for Doctoral Supervisors

Stan Taylor, Margaret Kiley and Robin Humphrey have published this second edition of “A Handbook for Doctoral Supervisors”. It is not just an updated version. It is actually significantly re-worked and has also brought with it a change of authors with two new co-authors. First published in 2005, it has already served many potential - as well as established - supervisors as a source to reflect upon and improve their supervisory practice. With this new edition, the authors rightly argue that supervisors need to react to the substantial changes in doctoral education which have greatly extended the roles of supervisors.