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PhD Supervisor Talk: The Professionalisation of Doctoral Supervision (Online)

PhD Supervisor Talk: The Professionalisation of Doctoral Supervision (Online)


PhD Supervisor Talk

The Professionalisation of Doctoral Supervision

Content: Historically, the orthodoxy was that the necessary and sufficient condition to be an effective supervisor was to be a researcher. If that was ever the case, it is certainly not so today because of the massive changes in doctoral education that have occurred over the past three decades or so. The aim of this workshop is to look at these changes and their impact in terms of the professionalization of research supervision. The objectives are to:

  • identify the key changes;
  • review their overall impact upon doctoral supervision and how to navigate the changing landscape as a supervisor;
  • consider their impact in terms of the professionalisation of supervision in Denmark;
  • locate Denmark within the global context of supervisor professionality.

In terms of a programme, this will consist of:

  • a presentation on the key changes;
  • an opportunity for participants to discuss their impact on supervision and feed back;
  • a presentation on the impact of these changes in Denmark and concrete examples of supervision strategies;
  • a conclusion placing Denmark in the vanguard of global professionalisation.


Mirjam Godskesen is an independent consultant and researcher with an affiliation to Aalborg University in Denmark, where she was formerly an Associate Professor in the Department of Learning and Philosophy. She has been involved in developing and facilitating workshops for doctoral supervisors since 2008 and now leads workshops in both the Nordic countries and across Europe. Her current research interest is the coaching and education of doctoral supervisors with a particular focus upon how to help them integrate the tools of active listening and coaching into their supervisory practice. Her publications include (with Gitte Wichmann-Hansen) the chapter on ‘Denmark’ in the forthcoming book on ‘The Making of Doctoral Supervisors’.

Stan Taylor was formerly Director of the Centre for Academic and Researcher Development at Durham University in the UK where he is an Honorary Professor of the School of Education. He has many years of experience working with doctoral supervisors in the United Kingdom, Eastern and Western Europe, and the Far East to enhance their practice. His publications include (with Margaret Kiley and Robin Humphrey) A Handbook for Doctoral Supervisors (Routledge, 2018) and (with Margaret Kiley and Karri A. Holley) (eds.) The Making of Doctoral Supervisors (Routledge, 2021). He is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an Honorary Life Member of the UK Council for Graduate Education, and Chair of its Research Supervisors’ Network.

Gitte Wichmann-Hansen is an Associate Professor and Research Director at Centre for Educational Development, Aarhus University in Denmark. Her research focus is on PhD and Master’s thesis supervision and, especially, on the balancing act between hands-on supervision and student independence. She is responsible for the mandatory development program for experienced supervisors at Aarhus University, and she has initiated a large number of supervisor development programs at Danish universities. For many years, she has advised institutional leaders and academic developers across Scandinavia and Europe on supervision quality assurance and improvement strategies.

Time and date: Tuesday 18 May 2021, 15.00-17.00.

Max. number of participants: 60.

Registration: Please register no later than 17 May 2021.

Venue: This PhD Supervisor Talk will be conducted online via Zoom. A link will be sent to registered participants shortly before the talk.

Organizer: Mia Dabelsteen, mia.dabelsteen@sund.ku.dk, Special advisor, The Graduate School. 

The Graduate school now offers two PhD Supervisor Talks per semester. These are talks for PhD supervisors at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. Other faculty members are also welcome.

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Københavns Universitet, Det Sundhedsvidenskabelige Fakultet
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Københavns Universitet, Det Sundhedsvidenskabelige Fakultet
Tlf: +45 35334025