PhD supervision seminar - for experienced PhD supervisors at AAU

October 23, 2019, Aalborg Campus

The course is aimed at experienced supervisors at the Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences at AAU. It is a very intensive one-day course and the focus is on reflection on supervision style and learning from each other by sharing experiences. As preparation participants must write a supervision letter. The course language is English.

Teacher and facilitator: Mirjam Godskesen

Language: English

Time: Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 9.00-16.00

Course secretary: Mette Bjerring,

Target group: The seminar is directed at experienced PhD supervisors who have supervised at least 3 PhD students (1-2 can be co-supervision).

Form and content: Teaching at the course alternates between presentations, working with tools and methods, and exchanging experiences related to supervision. The following topics are included in the course:

  • Theories and reflections on the supervisor role
  • Critical moments and early warning signs
  • Active listening
  • Reading strategy
  • Writing tools
  • Feedback
  • Tools to support alignment of expectations

Learning objectives: After completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Reflect on your supervisory experiences in a more theoretical perspective
  • Be aware of early warning signs
  • Apply listening in a way that promotes development of independence
  • Give feedback in a more constructive way
  • Help your PhD student develop efficient reading and writing habits
  • Align expectations in an explicit way

Preparation: Write a supervisor letter and send it to Instructions will be sent to participants after registration. Deadline is October 9, 2019.


09.00-10.15       The supervisor role – does it change for the experienced supervisor?

10.30-12.00       Critical moments and active listening

Dynamics of the PhD process are presented and challenges in the supervision experience are explored in groups through active listening

12.00-12.45       Lunch

12.45-14.15       Reading, writing and feedback

How can you help your PhD student make a reading strategy and develop good writing habits? And how do you give constructive feedback? Tools will be presented that might even be beneficial in your own work-life.

14.15-14.30       Coffee/the break

14.30-15.00       Aligning expectations

Different tools to align expectations are presented and participants discuss them in groups

15.00-16.00       Feedback on supervisor letters in groups and wrap up