Welcome to Supervisor Workshop (2021)

Target group: PhD supervisors at AAU ENGINEERING, SUND and TECH

Teacher and facilitator: Independent consultant, coach and researcher, PhD, Mirjam Godskesen, mirjam@hum.aau.dk  

The workshops are given in English


Workshop 1: 12 October 2021

Workshop 2: 18 November 2021

Place: Aalborg University - This course will take place with physical attendance

City: 9220 Aalborg Øst

Number of seats: 30

Deadline: 28 September 2021

Workshop 1: The supervisor role and aligning expectations

09.00-10.30                 Introduction and the supervisor role:

  •  3 models of supervision
  •  Hands-on/hands-off
  •  The asymmetric relation

10.45-12.30              Critical moments and active listening

12.30-13.15              Lunch

13.15-14.15              Rules and regulations

14.15-14.30              Coffee break

14.30-15.15              Work on topics from the case stories

15.15-16.00              Aligning expectations – also among supervisors

16.00-16.15              Wrap up


Preparation for workshop 1: All participants have to write a story about a real experience of PhD Supervision. It is best to choose a situation that offered a challenge and it is an advantage if the problem has not yet been solved. If you do not have an experience of PhD supervision, an experience from being a PhD student yourself or from supervision of master students can be used. The story will be used in the planning of the course and you must be willing to share it with the other participants. The volume is approx. 1 A4 page and all names must be anonymous. Please write your own name on the top of the page, give your story a title and e-mail it to mirjam@learning.aau.dk at latest:


Workshop 2: Manage the process and support writing


09.00-11.00              Process supervision & project management

11.15-12.15              The supervisor letter   

12.15-13.00              Lunch

13.00-14.00              Intercultural supervision and promoting independence

14.00-14.15              Coffee break

14.15-16.00              Supporting the PhD’s writing process and giving feedback

16.00-16.15              Wrap up


Preparation for workshop 2: Participants have to write a supervisor letter in advance. Guidance on writing the supervisor letter will be sent to participants who sign up for the workshop.

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 3.000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.

Registrations: There is a limited amount of seats which will be assigned as they are registered.
Please register the Supervisor Workshop here at Moodle.