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Key aspects of supervisory success throughout the PhD trajectory

From kick off, to go/no-go, up to the defense (and beyond)

As a supervisor you have the complex and rewarding task of supporting the PhD candidate throughout the 4 year trajectory. During this practical workshop we will address how you can make the best of each of the phases of this path, from setting goals and expectations with the PhD candidates, to making the best decision in the go/no-go moment, to guiding them throughout the learning trajectory, up to preparing for the defense, and beyond.


During this workshop we will look at the individual phases of the PhD trajectory you will gain insights into how to best:

  • Clarify expectations within the supervisory team and with the PhD candidate.
  • Make the best of the foundational months of the trajectory.
  • Guide the PhD candidate throughout the ups and downs of the middle part of the trajectory.
  • Facilitate the finalization of the dissertation and the defense.

This workshop is based on the online course “Successful PhD Supervision” and supplements it with practical exercises and discussion activities. Attention will be given to cases brought by the participants and by the trainer, with the aim to exchange experiences and good practices.


After this training you will have gained insights into how to:

  • Set clear expectations with the co-supervisors and the PhD candidate on the output and the process of the trajectory;
  • Provide structural guidance in the first year and work towards the go no go decision.
  • Adapt your supervision style based on the specific needs and phases of the trajectory.
  • Identify key aspects that enable the completion of the PhD within the allotted time.
More information


Monday March 11 from 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Thursday June 13 from 9.30am - 12.30pm

Wednesday October 9 from 9.30am - 12.30pm


Academy Building
Broerstraat 5
9712 CP Groningen

March 11: Faculty room Rechten (1111-0102)

June 13: Faculty room Economie (1111- 0118)

October 9: Faculty room Godgeleerdheid (1111-0112)

For All supervisors who have already followed the MOOC “PhD Supervision: a shared journey"

Course fee


Maximum number of participants





Anna Salzano


Anna Salzano

Last modified:27 November 2023 4.49 p.m.
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