The Final Conference of the PRIDE project: Professionals in Doctoral Education was hosted by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Humboldt Graduate School), 8-9 September 2016.
Doctoral education underwent a major transformation in the last decade in Europe. The changes were supported by new organisational structures and strategic investments in the quality of scientific supervision and the personal & professional development of doctoral candidates. However, the development of the new framework did not take fully into account the new roles and needs of professionals working in the area, who not only support the training of doctoral candidates and the work of supervisors, but also assume the roles of science communicators, project and quality managers, active observers of the labour market, and act as liaison officers with external stakeholders.
The need for proper investment in the professional development of administrative staff working within the new framework of doctoral education in Europe set a foundation for this PRIDE Project.
The Final Conference highlighted the findings and outcomes of the project, which were obtained through a series of activities, including the PRIDE Survey conducted in universities across Europe, fcollection of examples of best practice, and PRIDE training.
In the course of presentations, panel discussions and working groups, the Conference looked at how the major developments in doctoral education influenced the role and responsibilities of administrators working in the area. It offered insights into good practices of up to date support for doctoral candidates and discussed existing tools for needs assessment, training & development of professionals in doctoral education.
PRIDE project is a three-year initiative funded by the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme, launched in October 2014 with an aim to provide tools and guidance for the support of competence development of current and future professionals in doctoral education.
The project is coordinated by the University of Vienna and the consortium includes UNICA, University of Zagreb, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Comenius University in Bratislava, Tallinn University (all 6 UNICA members), Mediterranean Universities' Union (UNI-MED), and Fundacion Universidad Empresa of the Region of Murcia.
Learn more about the PRIDE project on: www.pride-project.eu