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University of Basel

Doctoral Supervisors

The objective of a doctorate is to educate creative, critical and autonomous researchers. Skills development should be driven by the doctoral candidates themselves, in consultation with their supervisory team, in order to become independent both in their research and in their personal development (according to LERU Advice Paper, Good practice elements in doctoral training, 2014).

Doctoral Agreement

As stressed in the fifth Salzburg Principle on doctoral education, supervision plays a crucial role: "In respect of individual doctoral candidates, arrangements for supervision and assessment should be based on a transparent contractual framework of shared responsibilities between doctoral candidates, supervisors and the institution (and where appropriate including other partners)." The University of Basel provides a doctoral agreement template (see download section) in order to summarize the doctoral project, to monitor specific training needs of the doctoral candidate and to define annual meetings with the doctoral committee.


Training for Supervisors

Providing professional development to supervisors is an institutional responsibility, whether organised through formal training or informal sharing of experiences among staff. Developing a common supervision culture shared by supervisors, doctoral school leaders and doctoral candidates must be a priority for doctoral schools (Salzburg II Recommendations: European universities' achievements since 2005 in implementing the Salzburg Principles, 2010).

Once a year, a professional half-day workshop for supervisors is organized by the Transferable Skills program at the University of Basel. The training offers an interactive plattform to get detailed information on doctoral supervision. We invite and encourage you to make use of this possibility.

More trainings are under construction.

Upcoming Workshop
  • 29 Nov 2016

    How to become a good doctoral supervisor

    by Dr. Beate Scholz at the University of Basel

    The online registration opens on August 3, 2016.  The detailed course descrition will be announced as soon as possible. For more information please visit the Transferable Skills homepage.

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