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Professionalisation in Practice: Practicing Professionalism in DE

Hosted by the Centre for Advanced Academic Studies University of Zagreb in Dubrovnik
Sunday 28 August-Wednesday 31 August 2016

Target audience: Administrators and academics working in the area of doctoral education 

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Doctoral education underwent a major transformation in the last decade in Europe. The changes were supported by new structures, such as doctoral schools, as well as strategic investments in the quality of scientific supervision and the personal & professional development of PhDs. However, the roles and needs of professional administrative staff working in the area received less attention although they facilitate the interrelation between the academic and the administrative world at universities, they support the training for PhD candidates and the work of supervisors, act as science communicators, project managers, observers of the labour market or as liaisons with external stakeholders. To ensure high quality contributions to the university's diverse missions, professionals in doctoral education have to adapt to working often in cross-institutional teams, pairing academics and non-academics across hierarchical structures.

The 3-day training will focus on the roles, responsibilities, and development of professional skills and competences of administrators working in doctoral education . The target group of this training event are both administrators working in doctoral education and academics involved in doctoral education at their institutions. The course will build on the key findings of earlier activities of the PRIDE project, including the PRIDE Surveys, Focus Groups and interviews with key stakeholders in doctoral education. The training will cover major themes in which professionals' skills should be further developed and will allow the participants to share and gain new knowledge. Moreover, it will provide guidance for academic leaders on how Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) can support the professional competence development of current and future professionals working in the area of doctoral education and how to recruit professionals based on transparent job profiles. Particular focus will be placed on practicing the "working in mixed teams" to tackle relevant issues, such as enrollment, selection, (research) support, monitoring of PhD candidates' progress or the facilitation of career planning, from various angles.

Special attention will be paid to participants' needs assessment and feedback as an important driver for advancement of the curricula and training methodologies of future courses.

Important dates:

Confirmations of acceptance will be sent by Thursday 30 June 2016 .

Participation fee:

The participation fee of EUR 650 includes: accommodation (4 nights) at the Residence of the Centre for Advanced Academic Studies (CAAS), breakfasts, lunches, coffee breaks, 2 dinners and the participation in the social programme. The fee does not cover travel expenses.


If you encounter any problems with the submission or have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Marta Brelih-Wasowska from the UNICA Secretariat ( marta.wasowska@unica-network.eu )

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This project has been funded by the European Commission DG EAC through the Lifelong Learning Programme. This website reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission and the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
University of Vienna, Berggasse 7, 1090 Vienna, Austria, lucas.zinner@univie.ac.at