How to improve PhD supervision

Course instructor:

Dr Bärbel Tress, Tress-Academic (

          in collaboration with the Continuing Professional Development Center at Kiel University.

Target Audience:

Professors (assistant, associated and full professors), who have ideally already supervised Phd theses or are currently doing so.


Online, a link will be sent prior to the course

Content overview:

What you’ll learn:

  • International developments in PhD education
  • Biggest problems of PhD students
  • Time to completion
  • Challenges of supervisors
  • Good practices in supervision
  • Developing supervisory styles
  • Enhancing the supervisor-student-relationship
  • Clarifying expectations
  • Setting up supervisory agreements
  • Organising productive supervisory meetings
  • Monitoring student progress
  • Self-and peer-assessment

Detailed Description:

This course supports supervisors in reflecting on and improving supervision of their PhD candidates.

Participants learn how to optimise the relationship between them and their PhD students with regard to its efficiency, time management and expectations. They exchange experiences with colleagues and learn about the main problems in undertaking a PhD project from the point of view of the PhD student.

Participants get advice on the decisive early steps of the relationship between supervisor and PhD student, the supervisory process, and tools for evaluating and further developing their supervisory skills.

During the course supervisors test the application of these tools in practical exercises.

At the end of the course, they have a variety of instruments at hand that they can apply directly for improving supervision of their PhD candidates.For further information, please have a look on the course website here.



Day 1: 

14 December 2021
 09:00 – 17:00 h

Day 2: 

15 December 2021
 09:00 – 13:00 h


In order to register for “How to improve PhD Supervision” please write an e-mail to stating your:

  • Title
  • Affiliation (university and department)
  • supervision experience (1 sentence)

The Application Deadline is 07 November 2021.

Limit: Places for SEA-EU international participants are limited and will be attributed on a first-come-first-served-basis.

We are looking forward to your applications!

Please note:

Each person who is granted a place will receive an email from the SEA-EU@CAU team with further instructions
by 9 November 2021. Without this confirmation e-mail you are not allowed to participate in the course.

All further registrations will be put on a waiting list. As soon as a place becomes available in the course, you will receive a message from us. If you have not received a message by 17 November 2021, you have not been allocated a place on this course.

Conditions of enrolment:

  • The course offers are meant for SEA-EU Alliance Universities’ staff members: Registration is only considered if made with a valid institutional email address.
  • By applying to this course you agree that your data (name, title, affiliation & email) will be passed on to the course instructor and the Continuing Professional Development Center at CAU if your application is confirmed.
  • A certificate of participation will be issued, upon attendance to >80 % of the course.
  • Registration is binding.

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