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Corporate Academy

Coaching PhD students


• A successful PhD? A good supervisor can make all the difference!
• You provide support and offer structure and help the PhD students find their own way and their own solutions to problems.

Research into the factors behind the success or failure of a PhD reveals that the influence of supervision is the most important factor in the success of a PhD project (Berger & De Jonge, 2005). In fact most PhD students need - on average - 5 years to finish their trajectory.

Supervisors are sometimes in a tricky situation: PhD students are supposed to develop their own creativity, but at the same time, are expected to do so within a limited time of four years.


Good coaches are aware of their own strengths and weaknesses when supervising others and are able, depending on the situation and the PhD student, to choose a supervision strategy that as far as possible ensures that the student works independently, and finishes the PhD in time and in a pleasant atmosphere.

The training thus concentrates on improving:

• Communication
• Coaching
• Negotiation
• Coping with conflicts

Intended for

This training programme has been specially designed for PhD supervisors who regularly supervise PhD students and have no more than five years of experience in doing so.


Communicating, coaching, negotiating, result-orientation, listening, planning.


The content of the program will be a combination of two days theory (T) and 4 practice meetings of three hour supervised intervision (I) , in which participants will be able to reflect on their own experiences. The group will be split into small groups.

The program will be as follows

Day one: T (full day)
Day two: I (half a day, either morning or afternoon, small group)
Day three: T (full day)
Day four: I (half a day, either morning or afternoon, small group)
Two extra I sessionsI: to be planned (half a day, either morning or afternoon, small group)


Marian Oosterhuis, Adviesburo Fier
Anna Salzano, HR-Experts



Spring I
Training day 1 - Thursday 3 March 9.15am - 5pm
Intervision 1 - Friday 4 March 9.15am - 12.30pm
Intervision 2 - Thursday 31 March 9.15am - 12.30pm
Training day 2 - Friday 1 April 9.15am - 5pm
Intervision 3 - Friday 22 April 2pm - 5pm
Intervision 4 - Friday 20 May 9.15am - 12.30pm

Spring II
Training day 1- Thursday 28 April 9.15am – 5pm
Intervision 1 - Friday 29 April 9.15am - 12.30pm
Training day 2 - Tuesday 31 May 9.15am – 5pm
Intervision 2 - Friday 3 June 9.15am - 12.30pm
Intervision 3 - Friday 24 June 9.15am - 12.30pm
Intervision 4 - Friday 15 July 9.15am - 12.30pm

Two more intervision meetings yet to be planned (with the groups).

Course Fee

€ 1.200,-


Het Kasteel, Melkweg 1, 9718 EP Groningen

Maximum number of participants



Liesbeth Volbeda

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