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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.

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.

A brief history of the doctorate

If you are working in doctoral education, as administrator, supervisors, higher education professional or in whatever position which places you in close contact with postgraduate education, chances are you are taking “doctorate” or “PhD” as something for granted and commonly understood. This will most likely be true if you are (relatively) new in this job. However, believe it or not, doctorate was not always what it is today. The form it has today, although it can vary a lot from country to country, was very different just twenty years ago. Transferable skills, multiple supervision, quality assurance, career development, different funding possibilities, internationalization, different models of doctorate – these are all relatively new characteristics of the doctorate. Here we will give a brief history of the doctorate, from its beginning in mediaeval ages to the various forms it has today.

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!