PhD supervision seminar - for experienced PhD supervisors at AAU

October 24, 2018

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 24, 2018, 9.00-16.00

Target group: The seminar is directed at experienced PhD supervisors who have supervised at least 3 PhD students.

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
  • Readings strategy
  • Writing tools
  • Feedback


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 active listening in your supervision
  • Give feedback in a more constructive way
  • Help your PhD student develop efficient reading and writing habits.


Preparation: Writing a supervisor letter. Instructions will be sent to participants after registration.



9.00-10.15        The supervisor role – does it change for the experienced supervisor?

10.30-12.00      Critical moments: Dynamics of the PhD process are presented and challenges in the supervision experience are explored in groups through active listening

12.00-12.30      Lunch

12.30-13.30      Aligning expectations: Different tools to align expectations are presented and participants discuss the supervisor letters in groups

13.45-14.45      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.

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



Please register with Mette Bjerring, on email: no later than 24 September 2018.


Lunch is included.