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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.

Lucas Zinner

Lucas Zinner is founder of the PRIDE Network Association. He was coordinator of the EU funded LLP Project PRIDE dealing with the professionalization of staff supporting doctoral education at higher education institutions. For more details visit his Lucas Zinner's member profile.

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.

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!