Personal Effectiveness

Supervising PhD candidates


Course code



21 April 2017

Time and Place

9.15 - 17.00 in Vrijhof

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 course day. There will be an intake interview (by phone).


Not applicable

Further information
Marjolein Rietman
Career Development Centre HR

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