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The collection of case stories is one of the activities in the framework of the PRIDE project. The purpose of these stories is to develop and demonstrate an understanding of a real-life case in order to learn from it. The focus of the case story lies on doctoral education and may try to serve as a good practice example for everyone working in the area of doctoral education. These firsthand accounts allow readers a very good and practical insight into various initiatives.


Supporting doctoral candidates establish Dissertation Writing Groups

Case Story provided by Lisette Schmidt and Allison O'Reilly, University of Vienna

Doctoral candidates often spend a lot of time working alone and miss the exchange with fellow researchers. In their story the authors describe an initiative to set up writing groups to overcome isolation during the dissertation writing process. [read more]

Conflict Consultation - Dealing with crises and conflicts

Case Story provided by Brigitte Lehmann, Humboldt University Berlin

Each staff member of a doctoral school knows at least one doctoral candidate who is or has been in conflict with his/her supervisor and/or his/her working group in the lab. Some universities and/or doctoral schools provide their own system to solve this type of conflict. [read more]

Supporting Doctoral Supervision at the University of Graz

Case Story provided by Gerald Lind, University of Graz

The new DocService team of the University of Graz set up a center and defined some key aspects of its future work: counselling doctoral researchers, providing an information platform on doctoral studies, offering a course programme in transferable skills, hosting events for early stage researchers, participating in discourses in the fields of philosophy, history and sociology of science, contributing to reforms in (structured) doctoral education, managing projects related to doctoral studies. [read more]

Integrate the traditional doctoral track with specific activities to support the transition to the nonacademic labour market – strategies and obstacles

Case Story provided by Chiara Lauritano , Politecnico die Torino

Preparing doctoral holders for the non-academic labour market has become increasingly important, but are we training PhD candidates enough for this? Are universities and supervisors aware about the importance of career development? [read more]

Supporting Doctoral Researchers to be more enterprising

Case Story provided by Gavin Boyce , University of Sheffield

Policy makers are increasingly viewing doctoral graduates as being a critical component in sustaining a knowledge economy. In recognition of this change in the destination of doctoral graduates the sector has increased focus on ‘employability’ training. [read more]

diss:kurs – Basel doctoral students present their research

Case Story provided by Sina Henrichs, University of Basel

The first diss:kurs event was initiated in October 2014 with the overall aim to give doctoral students in Basel a platform to present their exciting research projects to a broad audience. During one afternoon participants are given the opportunity to gain insights into the latest research projects combined with information about doctoral services at the university. [read more]

From PhD to Job Market. A case story from Ghent University

Case Story provided by Nele Bracke, Ghent University

In 2007, Ghent University established five Doctoral Schools, each with its own research Focus. The Doctoral Schools enhance the support provided to doctoral candidates in the course of their research, organise the Ghent University Doctoral Training Programme (concentrating first and foremost on the Transferable Skills Programme), engage in national and international academic networks, establish quality management systems and actively interact with the (non-academic) labour market. [read more]

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