About the Training

The European Network on Teaching Excellence invites applications from interested Academic Staff to participate in a five-day intensive training on PhD supervision excellence. The Training is organised under the auspices of the Erasmus + Strategic Partnership project E-NOTE and will be hosted by the University of Coimbra in cooperation with the Universities of Charles, Copenhagen and Leiden. The event will take place online between 5 June 2023 and 9 June 2023 and participants have the flexibility of choosing from the various programme panels. The focus of the training will be on innovative and effective practices for training supervision excellence in higher education. The event is organised to benefit university management staff, higher education learning and development professionals and teaching staff participating in PhD supervision. We also aim at involving early career and future supervisors in this training, so expectations and challenges can be addressed.

Selection Criteria

Candidates will be selected based on their professional background and motivation to participate to the event to ensure a diverse group of participants. Participants who followed at least one complete day of training will receive an attendance certificate.

Deadline - 25.05.2023 - before midnight

Apply by 25 May 2023 (before midnight CEST) by filling in the application form below. Applicants can expect a response with regards to their application within 5 days (by 30 May 2023).

Learning objectives

MONDAY | 5th June 2023

Excellence in doctoral supervision

The first day of the programme starts with a roundtable to discuss current and future trends on doctoral supervision, during which participants are expected to share their own reflections. In the afternoon, there is a session on different types of supervisors and an interactive discussion on challenges and implications of these different strategies.

TUESDAY | 6th June 2023

Best practices in doctoral supervision

The second day includes a workshop on pedagogical methodologies of doctoral supervision in which participants are expected to engage with their own experiences and ideas. In the afternoon, there is a roundtable with current supervisors and doctoral researchers from different institutions and countries, so experiences, perceptions and practices can be shared and compared.

WEDNESDAY | 7th June 2023

Supporting career development

The third day is dedicated to supporting career development and it starts with a discussion on how universities should prepare doctoral researchers for their future career. In the afternoon, the discussion continues on what skills employers expect, followed by what doctoral researchers expect from their universities on this matter

THURSDAY | 8th June 2023

Mental health and well-being

The fourth day is focused on mental health and well-being of both supervisors and doctoral researchers. It starts on a discussion regarding the support structure that should exist to foster and protect well-being, inclusion, diversity and equal access, followed by a session dedicated to mental health and doctoral supervision. In the afternoon, the discussion centres on how to spot and prevent burnout amongst doctoral candidates and supervisors.

FRIDAY | 9th June 2023

Training excellent PhD supervisors

The fifth day ends with a reflection on how to train supervisors, their expectations and needs. In the afternoon, the weeklong training ends with a workshop on how to teach and practice ‘feedback and dialogue’.