Personal effectiveness

Supervising PhD candidates


Course code

SU-1905, SU-1911

Dates 2019

Wednesday 8 May 2019

Wednesday 20 November 2019

Time and Place

9.00 - 17.00 in U-parkhotel

Course fee

This training will be paid from central funds. However, you do need permission from your head of department.

Group size

Minimum 5 and maximum 10 participants


Brigitte Hertz:

Course materials

Course materials will be provided during the training.


Beginners as well as supervisors with a couple of years’ experience can attend this course. It is suited for postdocs, assistant-, associate- and full professors.


After this training course participants will have learned how to:

  • Adjust their leadership style to specific situations
  • Communicate effectively
  • Give constructive feedback
  • Supervise the planning


  • Supervisors are expected to operate in a difficult situation: a PhD student has to develop his or her creativity, but is expected to achieve this in a time frame of three or four years. A PhD student is an employee as well as a student. A supervisor is a coach as well as an assessor.
  • Discussing the model of Situational Leadership is an important subject in this workshop. A good coach is aware of her or his own strong and weak points in supervising others and can determine a supervision strategy depending on the situation and the PhD student that enables the student to solve problems independently as much as possible, completing the PhD program in a pleasant atmosphere and within the required time frame.
  • Using a system for planning a PhD project is the second subject in the program (see our website


One-day course. There will be an intake interview (by phone) before the course starts.


Not applicable

Further information
Marjolein Rietman
Career Development Centre HR

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