Monday, 30 September, 2013 to Friday, 30 September, 2016

The project is developed in the framework of the Lifelong Learning: Erasmus Multilateral Projects. 

Relevant UNICA working group: PhD Officers

Coordinator: University of Vienna (UNICA member)

UNICA's role: Coordinator of Dissemination and responsible for the organisation of the training course



Aims and general description: 

Doctoral education in Europe has been undergoing a dramatic change in the last decade. European policy papers are asking for new skills for new jobs to the benefit of a European Innovation Union. Universities have taken up this challenge as hubs for the production of knowledge to provide highly skilled employees. This resulted in investments in the personal and professional development of PhD candidates, supportive structures, and higher quality of scientific supervision. However, the need for professional development of administrative staff required to support the overall endeavor is neglected. The potential benefit related to professional development measures for administrators, who are still seen as primarily a residual personnel category, have not been recognised. 


The PRIDE project aims to professionalise administrative staff in doctoral education, in order to provide better support to PhD supervisors, PhD candidates and external stakeholders.


Objectives of the project:
  1. To collect and analyse needs and good practices focusing on the different roles and responsibilities of administrative staff in doctoral education as well as expectations they are confronted with;
  2. To describe in a handbook for professionalising administrative staff the roles and responsibilities of professionals, to highlight their formal status in administrative positions and the potential benefits for institutions;
  3. To design a training course for professionalisation of administrative staff.

All objectives follow a multi-target group approach regarding potential end-users of the results, namely administrators in doctoral education, directors of doctoral schools and programs, HR units, and career service centres. Through the formalisation of an international network for professionals in doctoral education the awareness for continuous improvement will be addressed.


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Project status: 
Completed Projects
UNICA as Partner