Doctoral supervision is a key activity in an academic career, and PhD candidates carry out a substantial part of the research at University of Bremen. As supervisors, you play a significant role in helping PhD candidates to realize their full potential and develop into competent, independent researchers that generate high-level scientific results.
The purpose of this course is to expand supervisors’ repertoire of concrete hands-on tool and strategies to make supervision a professional, effective, and enjoyable process. The purpose is also to create a safe space for supervisors to reflect on their role and to exchange experiences with other supervisors.
At the end of the seminar, you can:
- align expectations with PhD candidates early and regularly regarding roles, time plans, and outcomes of the project,
- balance conflicting needs, e.g., between support and structure, between product and process, and between being private and professional,
- provide constructive text feedback,
- encourage PhD candidates’ independence and ownership of their projects,
- apply questioning and listening skills to ensure progression and efficiency in supervision meetings,
- assist PhD candidates in project planning and support their progress
- manage potential crises in the candidates’ research journey
The teaching form is highly interactive based on a combination of group work, exercises, plenary discussions, and lectures. The course is offered in English.
Please note that you are asked to prepare before the first workshop day, but you only need to allot approx. 15 minutes. It is a very brief exercise.