What you should know about Eurodoc

Today we will take a closer look at Eurodoc, the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers. It is an international federation of 29 national organisations of PhD candidates, and more generally of young researchers from 26 countries of the European Union and the Council of Europe. This episode is especially directed at newcomers in the area.
My interview partner is Agnieszka Żyra. Agnieszka is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Production Engineering at Cracow University of Technology and she is the president of Eurodoc. She was elected in July 2021.

Links:
Eurodoc Website: http://www.eurodoc.net/
Cracow University of Technology: https://www.pk.edu.pl/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/Eurodoc
https://twitter.com/AgnieszkaZyra
https://twitter.com/WydziaP

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Graduate Schools and Central Offices – a Conversation with Maresi Nerad about Global Trends in Doctoral Education

In this episode Maresi Nerad and Lucas Zinner talk about the global trends in doctoral education, changes in the last years, the role of doctoral and graduate schools and why central offices are so important.

Maresi Nerad is the founding director of the Center for Innovation and Research in Graduate Education (CIRGE) and Professor for in Higher Education in the Leadership in Higher Education Program, College of Education, at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Further readings:

Nerad, M. Bogle, D., Peters, Ch. Kohl, U., O‘Carroll, C., Scholz, B. (expected 2022.) Towards a Core Value System in Doctoral Education. London:University of College London Press. (e-book)

Nerad, M. and Evans B. (Eds.). (2014). Globalization and Its Impacts on the Quality of PhD Education Worldwide. Forces and Forms of Doctoral Education Worldwide. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers. (Received the 2015 AERA, SIG 186 Outstanding Publication Award).

Chapter 5. Nerad, M. (2014) Developing ‘Fit for Purpose’ Research Doctoral Graduates. Increased Standardization of Quality Measures in PhD Education Worldwide. In Nerad& Evans, Globalization and Its Impacts on the Quality of PhD Education Worldwide. Forces and Forms of Doctoral Education Worldwide Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Cardoso, S., Tavares, O., Sin, C., & Carvalho, T., (eds) (2020) Structural and Institutional Transformations in Doctoral Education: Social, Political and Student Expectations. Springer Nature Switzerland. Cham, Switzerland: Palmgrave Macmillan.

Nerad, M. (2020). Governmental Innovation Policies, Globalization, and Change in Doctoral Education Worldwide: Are Doctoral Programs Converging? Trends and Tensions. In Cardoso, S., Tavares, O., Sin, C., & Carvalho, T., (eds). Structural and Institutional Transformations in Doctoral Education: Social, Political and Student Expectations. pp. 43-84. Springer Nature Switzerland. Cham, Switzerland: Palmgrave Macmillan.

Yudkevich, H. P. Altbach. & DeWit, Trends and Issues in Doctoral Education; A Global Perspective. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE. ISBN 9789353882563 [Titel anhand dieser ISBN in Citavi-Projekt übernehmen] (eBook),

Nerad, M. (2020) Doctoral Education Worldwide: Three Decades of Change. (chapter 2). In M. Yudkevich, H. P. Altbach. & DeWit, Trends and Issues in Doctoral Education; A Global Perspective. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE. ISBN 9789353882563 (eBook), pp.43-84.

Elliot,D, Bengtsen, S. Guccione, K. Kobayashi, S. (2020) The Hidden Curriculum in Doctoral Education. Springer Nature Switzerland. Cham, Switzerland: Palmgrave Macmillan.

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The Making of Supervisors

Stan Taylor has published several books and papers on Doctoral Supervision and Doctoral Education. In this podcast he talks to Lucas Zinner about supervision training, the assessment of the PhD all around the world, and what his motivation is to engage so passionately in this area.
Links:
Stans Profile: https://www.dur.ac.uk/directory/profile/?id=7010

Stans latest publications:
Taylor, S. and Clegg, K. (2021) Towards a Framework for the Recognition of Good Supervisory Practice. In A. Lee and R. Bongaardt (Eds.) The Future of Doctoral Research: Challenges and Opportunities. London, Routledge: 24-238.
Taylor, S. (2021) Towards Describing the Doctoral Education Landscape. UK Council for Graduate Education. Available on-line at http://www.ukcge.ac.uk/article/towards-global-doctoral-landscape-475.aspx
Taylor, S. and Humphrey, R. (2021) A Guide for Research Supervisors in Organisations Outside Higher Education. UK Council for Graduate Education. Available on-line at http://www.ukcge.ac.uk/article/guide-supervision-organisation-outsidehe-473.aspx
Taylor, S., Kiley M. and Holley, K.A. [Eds.] (2021) The Making of Doctoral Supervisors. London, Routledge. For details please go to https://bit.ly/2IWMbDa
Kumar, S., Kumar, V. & Taylor, S. (2020) A Guide to Online Supervision. UK Council for Graduate Education. Available on-line at http://www.ukcge.ac.uk/media/download.aspx?MediaId=2268

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What you should know about the EUA-CDE

In this episone we will look closer at the EUA CDE, the Council for Doctoral Education of the EUA, the European University Association. We talked to Alexander Hasgall, the Head of the EUA-CDE about activities and goals. We also also asked Alexander what he believes the current major trends in doctoral education are.

This episode is especially directed at newcomers in the area. In these episodes we will try to give you an overview over important topics and institutions.

The EUA-CDE can be found here: https://eua-cde.org/

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Going online with transferable skills training: the switch and its impact for trainers and programme managers

Like so many, in the world of transferable skills training we scrambled in 2020 to switch to providing our support online with little prior training or experience to draw on. The switch was a deeply challenging exercise – and many of us have had very positive experience, and we appreciate the many benefits that come from digital practice. Nevertheless, for some there were stiff obstacles of skills gaps, schedule clashes and content or method that cannot be easily converted. The experience of trial and error can be a stressful one, so it was clear to the CUSO in Switzerland that, after a solid eight months of work, action and rush behind us, we needed to provide an opportunity for our trainers to listen to and support their risk-taking, as well as to recognise and share our combined learnings.

In this podcast, Ilaria Orsi, head of the transferable skills programme at the CUSO, is joined by Maura Hannon, a trainer with the CUSO and expert in social media and digital work communication in general, and by Verity Elston, head of career advice for the Graduate Campus at the University of Lausanne. They summarise the discussions held with the CUSO trainers over three separate workshops in December 2020, covering:
– The experience of switching to online format: what people miss, what they enjoy
– The learnings and best practices shared by trainers and programme managers
– The ongoing challenges as we continue to provide our support online in 2021

You can find informtion on CUSO, the Conférence universitaire de Suisse occidentale here: https://www.cuso.ch/

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Research careers, well-being and mental health – a summary of our Webinar in February 2021

Todays podcast is recording of our webinar on Research Careers well-being and mental health, which took place on February 3rd 2021.

Our speakers in this webinar were Gabor Kismihok and Desiree Dickerson.
Gabor is the head of the Learning and Skills Analytics research Group at the Leibniz Information Center for Science and Technology (TIB) in Hannover, Germany. He also chairs the recently started COST Action on Researcher Mental Health.
Desiree is a clinical psychologist who specialises in the mental health and well-being of researchers and the academic community. Having worked as a researcher in New Zealand, Australia and Austria, Desiree now works globally with universities, lab groups, and academics in the pursuit of a healthier approach to research.

Links:
This is the link to the original PRIDE Webinar: https://pride-network.eu/events/follow-up-webinar-research-careers-well-being-and-mental-health/

Here you can find the COST Action on Researcher Mental Health: https://www.cost.eu/actions/CA19117/#tabs|Name:overview

Further projects Gabor wanted to mention:

An online AI based training recommender and mentoring system is being set up in this project: https://www.tib.eu/en/research-development/project-overview/project-summary/oscar

Gabor is involved in a non-profit foundation to help all those researchers, who do not have enough resources to cover high quality training: https://scilink.eu/

This summer the Oeduverse project will launch its first online summer school, where mental health and wellbeing issues will be addressed: https://oeduverse.eu/

In MCAA there is a referent peer-mentoring service: https://www.mariecuriealumni.eu/referent-mentoring-initiative-msca-early-career-researchers

If you are struggling with mental health issues, please do not hesitate to consult your local support unit for help.

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