Doctoral Education – 15 years of reform after Salzburg
In this webinar, jointly organized with UNIMED, we will discuss changes in the doctoral landscape. Just 15 years ago, the publication of the Salzburg Principles triggered a reform movement in doctoral education in almost all European universities. Despite the differences in the legal framework, principles were laid down which set the direction of the reform for all. Local policies were then adapted in many countries, funding programmes were initiated to encourage universities to take reform steps, and further recommendations followed at the EU level. We see this as a step towards professionalising doctoral education in order to meet the new challenges and the expectations that politicians and society rightly have of the training of young researchers.
In our webinar, we would like to address two dimensions in concrete terms: firstly, the professionalisation of structures, which is reflected in Europe’s universities primarily through the establishment of so-called doctoral schools. Secondly, we can also identify a professionalisation of the actors involved in the doctoral education system. These are academic leaders shaping their in-house policies and strategies and leading the management structures; the supervisors themselves, on whom great expectations are placed, who nowadays face up to the code of practices and who have to reflect on and further develop their supervisory practices; and those persons who ensure on a daily basis that the system is running smoothly and at a high quality level, that doctoral candidates have access to abroad range of training opportunities, and who are referred to in the more recent literature as “third space workers”, operating at the interface between administration and academia.