Professionalisation in Practice: Practicing Professionalism in doctoral education (PRIDE project training)

Hosting Higher Education Institution:
Centre for Advanced Academic Studies of the University of Zagreb in Dubrovnik, Organisers: PRIDE project consortium
Institution website:
Sunday, 28 August, 2016 to Wednesday, 31 August, 2016
Registration 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.
Fee reductions/waivers:
For questions about possible fee reductions, please contact Marta Brelih-Wasowska from the UNICA Secretariat ( )
Maximum number of participants:
Deadline for applying:
Monday, 20 June, 2016
Accommodation provided
Contact person details:
If you have any questions, please contact Marta Brelih-Wasowska from the UNICA Secretariat:

The PRIDE project training: "Professionalisation in Practice: Practicing Professionalism in Doctoral education"

Centre for Advanced Academic Studies University of Zagreb in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, 28-31 August 2016


Target audience: 

Administrators and academics working in the area of doctoral education


About the training:

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.




Applications & contact

Applications will be accepted based on short biography and motivation. Diversity of participants in terms of gender and geographical balance as well as job profiles will be sought. In order to apply, please fill in and submit this application form


Important dates:

Applications will close on Monday 20 June 2016 .

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

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