1st PRIDE Webinar

We believe in knowledge-sharing as a competitive advantage and try to achieve this with interactive webinars organised by professionals, for professionals. Our first webinar aims at professionals who want to offer support measures for supervisors such as trainings within their organizations.

Webinar on 24 November, 12:00 noon on Doctoral Supervision

Many studies show, that supervision is the most influential factor when it comes to PhD satisfaction. Additionally, supervision seems to strongly influence the time to degree. While this significance is well recognized, there is less consensus on a definition of good supervisor practice. Further, the kinds of support which can be provided by universities (and professionals in doctoral education) in order to improve supervision are still widely debated.

Discuss these and other questions with Stan Taylor, author of the "Handbook for Doctoral Supervisors" and Honorary Fellow in the School of Education at Durham University as well as with Melita Kovačević, Professor at the Department of Speech and Language Pathology at the University of Zagreb and Vice-President of the PRIDE Association!

Our speakers

Stan Taylor was educated at the Universities of Oxford and Warwick. For many years he researched and taught in the social sciences at Warwick before moving into academic staff development. Subsequently he became Director of Quality Enhancement at the University of Newcastle and then Director of the Centre for Academic and Researcher Development at Durham University. He retired from Durham in 2013 and immediately took on new roles as an accreditor and consultant for the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and as an independent academic developer. As an academic developer, he has worked across the range of academic practice but his specialism is doctoral supervision. He has worked with doctoral supervisors in over 20 universities in the UK and also overseas. In 2017, he completed a second edition of ‘A Handbook for Doctoral Supervisors’, which was published by Routlege in August. Currently, he is working on a comparative study of the professional development of doctoral supervisors in higher education institutions in Australia and the UK.

Melita Kovačević is former Vice-Rector for Research and Technology at the University of Zagreb (2006-2014) and is Full Professor at the Department of Speech and Language Pathology. She is Head of the Laboratory for Psycholinguistic Research and Director of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme Language and Cognitive Neuroscience. Melita Kovačević held research and visiting positions at different European and American universities and is a member of various national and international societies. Until 2016, she was Chair of the Steering Committee of the European University Association Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE). She has been a member of different national and European bodies related to higher education. She has been very frequently invited to give talks on different topics related to HE and HE reforms, home and abroad. She is a recognized European expert of higher education and also a member of the Advisory Board of the Regional Platform for Benchmarking Cooperation in Higher Education and Research.

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Experts share their tips, best practices and thoughts on improving supervision in our institutions.


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