7th UNICA PhD MASTER CLASS & PRIDE training course:

Professionalisation in Practice: Practicing Professionalism in doctoral education


Hosted by the Centre for Advanced Academic Studies University of Zagreb in Dubrovnik
Sunday 28 August-Wednesday 31 August 2016


Target audience: Administrators and academics working in the area of doctoral education.

The training is open also to representatives of institutions outside the UNICA Network



Doctoral education underwent a major transformation in the last decade in Europe. The changes were supported by new structures, such as doctoral schools, as well as strategic investments in the quality of scientific supervision and the personal & professional development of PhDs. However, the roles and needs of professional administrative staff working in the area received less attention although they facilitate the interrelation between the academic and the administrative world at universities, they  support the training for PhD candidates and the work of supervisors, act as science communicators, project managers, observers of the labour market or as liaisons with external stakeholders. To ensure high quality contributions to the university’s diverse missions, professionals  in doctoral education have to adapt to working often in cross-institutional teams, pairing academics and non-academics across hierarchical structures.


The 3-day training will focus on the roles, responsibilities, and development of professional skills and competences of administrators working in doctoral education. The target group of this training event are both administrators working in doctoral education and academics involved in doctoral education at their institutions. The course will build on the key findings of earlier activities of the PRIDE project, including the PRIDE Surveys, Focus Groups and interviews with key stakeholders in doctoral education. The training will cover major themes in which professionals’ skills should be further developed and will allow the participants to share and gain new knowledge. Moreover, it will provide guidance for academic leaders on how Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) can support the professional competence development of current and future professionals working in the area of doctoral education and how to recruit professionals based on transparent job profiles. Particular focus will be placed on practicing the “working in mixed teams” to tackle relevant issues, such as enrollment, selection, (research) support, monitoring of PhD candidates’ progress or the facilitation of career planning, from various angles.


Special attention will be paid to participants' needs assessment and feedback as an important driver for advancement of the curricula and training methodologies of future courses.


Applications are now closed


Participation fee:

The participation fee of €650 includes: accommodation (4 nights) at the Residence of the Centre for Advanced Academic Studies (CAAS), breakfasts, lunches, coffee breaks, 2 dinners and the participation in the social programme. The fee does not cover travel expenses.



If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Marta Brelih-Wasowska from the UNICA Secretariat (marta.wasowska@unica-network.eu)

For more information about the PRIDE project please visit www.pride-project.eu.

Sunday, 28 August, 2016 to Wednesday, 31 August, 2016
Host Institution: 
University of Zagreb
Universität Wien
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Dubrovnik, Centre for Advanced Academic Studies