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Coaching PhD students


A successful PhD? A good supervisor can make all the difference!

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). As a supervisor, you provide support and structure and help PhD students find their own way and their own solutions to problems.

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. They are able, depending on the situation and the PhD student, to choose a supervision strategy that ensures that the student works independently, and finishes the PhD in time and in a pleasant atmosphere.

Focus of the training is developing the following areas, which are crucial in the supervision of PhD students:

  • Effective interaction
  • Coaching for development
  • Aligning expectation and goal setting
  • Giving feedback

Intended for

This training programme has been specifically 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 course consists of four full days of training. During the morning sessions, we present the theoretical framework and the participants will have time to practice with each other and with training actors. In the afternoon we will meet in smaller groups and we will have supervised intervision sessions, during which participants will be able to reflect on their own experiences.


Marian Oosterhuis, Adviesburo Fier
Anna Salzano, HR-Experts



Tuesday September 6, 2022 from 9.15am - 4.30pm
Friday September 23, 2022 from 9.15am - 4.30pm
Tuesday October 11, 2022 from 9.15am - 4.30pm
Tuesday November 8, 2022 from 9.15am - 4.30pm

Friday October 14, 2022 from 9.15am - 4.30pm
Friday November 18, 2022 from 9.15am - 4.30pm
Friday December 9, 2022 from 9.15am - 4.30pm
Friday January 13, 2023 from 9.15am - 4.30pm

Course Fee

€ 1.200,-


Training starting September 6: Het Kasteel, Melkweg 1, 9718 EP Groningen

Training starting October 14: Van Swinderen Huys, Oude Boteringestraat 19, 9712 CG Groningen

Maximum number of participants



Anna Salzano

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