by Lucas Zinner, University of Vienna
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Learning about PhD Supervision

If you start working as a professional in the field of doctoral studies, you soon come across the topic of "supervision" or the question: how can we as a university, but also as service providers, ensure or at least contribute to the quality of supervision by our researchers. And this of course means, on the one hand, thinking about quality in supervision at all, and on the other hand reflecting on the complexity of the topic of supervision. One way to immerse yourself in the topic is to take a closer look at the handbooks on the topic of "PhD Supervision".

The Review of the handbook literature on doctoral supervision by Søren S. E. Bengtsen from 2014 offers an easy introduction. Of course, the paper is already a few years old, but it is still an excellent starting point to dive into the subject. It provides a good overview of the most important topics and results in the expanding field of research in doctoral supervision. It is also a source of information, especially for new supervisors who can benefit from research into more experienced supervision practice. As Søren S. E. Bengtsen writes in the introduction, the aim of the review is not to repeat an already robust range of publications, but to condense the broad spectrum of studies and to select the key issues that are addressed in different types of studies and international educational contexts.

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