Training Courses

Well-skilled and effective staff can be an organisation's greatest asset. With carefully designed staff trainings we provide continuous professional development opportunities to support the transition from a purely administrative to a professional role in doctoral education.

24 to 25 March 2020: 3rd PRIDE Training at Charles University in Prague

The PRIDE Network is very sad to announce that we have to cancel our annual PRIDE Training (24 and 25 March) and the Annual PRIDE Conference (26 and 27 March) in Prague. Cases of infections with the SARS-CoV-2 (corona) virus have been confirmed in large parts of the world and are still increasing in Europe. Many universities recommend that employees take first measures to prevent the spread of the virus (e.g. restricted travelling). We also want to take into account, that many people are not feeling safe and well to travel cross border right now, which is of course understandable and should be respected. It was not an easy decision for us, but in the current situation we think is the right decision to postpone our events. We are planning to re-organize the conference and training for autumn 2020. We are already talking with the Charles University and will keep you updated as soon as we have fixed new dates.

PRIDE Training on Well-being of PhDs and Professionals in Doctoral Education

Keeping in mind that existing research has consistently found mental and physical health concerns and high attrition rates among doctoral students (see Sverdlik, Anna, et al. 2018), the well-being of PhDs is quickly becoming a major concern in doctoral education at universities. Professionals in doctoral education are often the main drivers in bringing forward the topic at their institutions.

With the upcoming PRIDE Webinar at the end of this year, we will launch the discussion on the topic with a special focus on how professionals, who do not have a formal background in psychology or psychotherapy, can competently advise and respond to PhDs in difficult counselling situations.

With the PRIDE Training on 24 and 25 March 2020, we will follow up the topic and include further aspects of well-being of PhDs:

  • What is the role of professionals? How can professionals contribute to the well-being of PhDs?
  • What are proper means to monitor the well-being of PhDs?
  • What practices are most beneficial to doctoral candidates in terms of their well-being?
  • What organisational structures positively contribute the well-being of doctoral candidates?

The programme will include a mixture of presentations and case studies, as well as interactive activities and discussions. With this diversity of topics, the format also serves as an opportunity for participants to learn and share ideas for new training methods for their programmes.

Cited literature:

Sverdlik, Anna, et al. "The PhD experience: A review of the factors influencing doctoral students’ completion, achievement, and well-being." International Journal of Doctoral Studies 13 (2018): 361-388.

Please keep in mind that this is a draft of the programme and that there might be changes!

24 March 2020 - Day 1

8:30 - 9:00 Registration
10:00 - 11:15 Welcoming
  Introduction to the programme
  Tour de table: Getting to know each other
  "Icebreaker" and first expericences with the topic well-being
11:15 - 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:30 Definition well-being and mental heath and insights from research on the topic
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 16:00 Topic: Monitoring well-being
16:00 - 16:15 Coffee Break
16:15 - 16:45 Follow-up topic monitoring and well-being
16:45 - 17:00 Wrapping up, Outlook Day 2
18:00 Social programme and dinner

25 March 2019 - Day 2

9:00 – 9:15 Introduction - Day 2
9:15 - 12:00 How can institutions contribute positively to well-being of PhDs?
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 17:00 Staff and well-being/stress management (with integrated coffee break)
17:00 - 17:30 Feedback and wrapping-up

Dr Jane Creaton is a Reader in Higher Education at the University of Portsmouth. She is currently leading a project to promote the mental health and wellbeing of postgraduate researchers and, as the institutional Postgraduate Research Wellbeing Champion, she implements and monitors the strategy for promoting PGR wellbeing. She teaches on institution-wide development programmes for postgraduate research students and their supervisors and is currently supervising five doctoral students. She co-organised the First International Conference on Postgraduate Mental Health and Wellbeing in Brighton in May 2019 and is currently editing a special issue of Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education focussing on mental health and wellbeing for Spring 2021.

The venue of our Annual Conference is the Carolinum (Ovocný trh 3, Prague 1) in the old town of Prague. It is a national cultural monument, the seat of the Rector, and a symbol of Charles University. The Carolinum is a complex of buildings at the corner of Ovocný trh and Železná street in the very centre of Prague, in close vicinity to the Old Town Square.

The Conference will take place in the Blue Lecture Hall.

See map attached for guidance!

For tourist information and public transport see the website of

As the venue itself is located in the middle of the old town of Prague a lot of hotels are within walking distance. The local host provided us with a list of hotel recommendations:

The Charles University accommodation - OpitzHouse  (rooms pre-reserved for participants until 13.3, just mention Pride to be able to book the room)

Reasonable prices

Narodni Stay ***

Bed&Books Art Hotel - ***

Hotel Salvator - ***

Novoměstský hotel ***
Moderate prices

City Leaf

City Nest

Elysee Hotel - ****  

Elite Hotel ****

Design Metropol Hotel Prague ****
Higher quality, still reasonable

Tyn Yard Residence - ****

Design Hotel Jewel Prague ****

Among the great rewards of the master class experience was the possibility to discuss with other participants from speakers and organizers to colleagues around Europe and even outside of it.


Kirsi Tuohela reflecting upon her Master Class participation

We believe in knowledge-sharing as a competitive advantage and try to achieve this with interactive webinars organised by professionals, for professionals. Our second webinar aimed at professionals who want to set up, improve or reflect on their training offers in transferable skills.

Watch the webinar with Verity Eston and Christian Dumpidak an Transferable Skills Training recorded in November 2018!