3rd Pride Annual Conference Prague
The 3rd PRIDE conference, hosted by Charles University in Praha, will focus on
Giving a voice to professionals in doctoral education – how do we communicate and position ourselves?
Thinking of the job profile of professionals in doctoral education, communication skills are one major must-have. Universities are complex organizations with diverse stakeholders who have different needs and goals. Professionals in doctoral education are expected to have an awareness of the interplay of these different interests in their working environment and to be able to communicate with the diverse stakeholders.
Celia Whitchurch highlights in her studies on “Third Space Professionals” that new portfolios of activity have arisen. They require professionals to collaborate and communicate with colleagues within and outside their institutions. In her study, Whitchurch (2012) categorizes bundles of activities for instance student life and welfare, including equity, quality, employability and internationalisation or research and business partnership, including enterprise and fundraising.
Given such a complexity of activities, communication in the field of doctoral training is a special task. This can be seen, for example, in the new circumstances during the COVID-19 crises.
With the PRIDE annual conference in spring 2021 in Prague, we want to shed a light on the topic of how professionals in doctoral education can best communicate with their colleagues and partners. So we expect to be able to exchange fresh experiences in our community in this respect as well.
One aspect is the question of how professionals communicate with their target groups, and the objectives and methods they can put to use. Another is how professionals position themselves in the community of peers and within their institutions.