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Coaching PhD students

Training for effective PhD supervision

Supervising scientific research is a complex process. Not only are you a content expert, but you are also a co researcher, coach and assessor. You provide support, offer structure and help PhD students in finding their own way and solving their own problems. As a supervisor you play a key factor in the success of your PhD. With this course you expand your knowledge, skills and experience as a PhD supervisor. It enables you to offer supervision more efficiently and effectively.


As a supervisor you sometimes find yourself 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. As a good coach you are aware of your own strengths and weaknesses. At the same time you are able to choose a supervision strategy that ensures that the student works independently, finishes on time and in a pleasant atmosphere.

Therefore this training concentrates on improving:
✓ Communication about mutual expectations.
✓ Coaching the PhD student to become an independent researcher.
✓ Signaling problems and coping with conflicts.
✓ Building a relationship and approaching conversations with PhDs.


The content of the program is a combination of four half-days of theory, applying insights from literature in the field of supervision, and four practice meetings (intervision). During this three hour supervised intervision you are able to reflect on your own experiences in a small group. The approach of the intervision is focused on exchange of experiences and sharing of good practices.


After this training you will have learned how to:
✓ Coach the development of the PhD student.
✓ Supervise the planning and tracking progress.
✓ Give constructive feedback and align expectations.
✓ Refining your self-awareness and reflection.

What participants value in this training:
✓ Sharing and analyzing challenging situations in their daily practice.
✓ Exchanging tips and tricks with their colleagues.
✓ Reflecting on their own supervising.
✓ Practice role plays with actors.

More information

Dates and time

This training has yet to be scheduled. If you are interested in this training, you can send an e-mail to hr-experts in which you express your interest. You will then receive an e-mail when the date for this training is known.


Academy Building
Broerstraat 5
9712 CP Groningen


Supervisors of PhD students with no more than five years of experience

Group size

Maximum of 12 participants



Course fee

€ 1.400,-


Anna Salzano
Anita Wagner
Marjo Buitelaar

More information

Anna Salzano, trainer at HR Experts

Last modified:30 October 2023 1.41 p.m.
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