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ARTS: Doctoral supervision for Doctoral Supervisors


The obligatory course is offered to all new doctoral supervisors at the Faculty of Arts in order to strengthen and develop their competences as supervisors and provide them with avenues to seek support and mentoring.    

Learning outcome

  • Describe the changing role of the supervisor throughout the project
  • Match expectations with the student and the outcomes of the project
  • Communicate what is needed for progression in the project
  • Utilize the disciplinary community in mentoring and support     


This is a process course that takes as its starting point the new doctoral supervisors’ understandings of their role and place in the organization through establishing

  1. What forms of pedagogy are embedded in different supervisor and student roles 
  2. An understanding of how the supervisor role evolves over time
  3. An awareness of organisational and environmental dimensions that influence doctoral supervision

Practical tools to facilitate and cope with troublesome areas.

Language and location

This course can be held in Danish if all participants are able to converse in Danish.

The course will be taught on campus either in Aarhus or Emdrup (see dates), if possible. Otherwise the course will take place online.  

Preparation for participants prior to the course

Preparation includes four minor tasks. Further instructions will follow after registration:

  1. Briefly describe an issue or problem, which you are currently facing in relation to one of your students. The problem should be specific, current and unresolved. The description should be approximately ½ A4 page.
  2. Please find and bring an example of feedback that you have provided on a PhD student text. (max 5 pages)
  3. Prepare 2-3 questions for Anne-Marie Pahuus about the systematic and programmatic parts of the phd that you are uncertain about or would like to know more about. These questions will be sent to AMP so that she can prepare herself for the meeting on day 2
  4. Reading of 1-2 short texts

Course programme

Day 1: Supervision as a pedagogy

9.00 – 9.30

Introduction and presentation

Who am I? What is my research area?

09.30 – 10.00

Expectations and program

What is my experience of supervision?

What kind of supervisor do I want to be?

10.00 – 10.15



10.15 – 12.00

The role(s) of the supervisor and the importance of aligning expectations

Presentation of Phases; managing, guiding, critical friend, exchanging hats, process etc.

Followed by exercises

12.00 – 12.30



12.30 – 13.30

Writing and feedback Gitte Wichmann-Hansen

How to support progress in students’ writing

13.30 – 14.30

Exercises Gitte Wichmann-Hansen

How to provide constructive feedback on students’ text drafts

14.30 – 14.45



14.45 – 15.45

Homework preparation

Find a buddy to pair up with

Prepare to interview a colleague

15.45 – 16.00

Summing up

Ask questions or comment

 Home work for the period between workshops (approx. 4 weeks) - Interview a ‘senior’ about their supervision. Prepare questions about their role, about process and product, about difficult situations and what they have learned

Day 2: Learning from experience and systemic elements

9.00 – 9.15


General comments

9.15 – 10.00

Share your interview experience

Reflection in groups on learning from supervision – promises and pitfalls

10.00 – 10.15



10.15– 12.00

The difficult conversation  - Roleplay from real life

Conflicts and expectations

Cases followed by a discussion

12.00 – 12.30



12.30 – 13.30

Presentation and question time Anne Marie Pahuus and Anna Louise Plaskett

Presentation and discussion

13.45 – 14.00



14.00 – 15.00

Research Ethics Hans Fink

Presentation and discussion

15.00 – 15.45

Summing up

How to continue work in cross-disciplinary communities?

Building a supervisor community – feedback and future meetings

15.45 – 16.00



Post-course follow-up: 'Supporting Supervision' community groups formed – put meeting dates in your calendar.


Aarhus University, Aarhus
Bygning 1910, lokale 228:

  • Day 1: 29 September, 9:00-16:00
  • Day 2: 27 October, 9:00-16:00 

Aarhus University, Emdrup
Bygning D, lokale D120:

  • Day 1: 6 Oktober, 9:00-16:00
  • Day 2: 3 November, 9:00-16:00 


  • Changes may occur
  • Language: English - this course can be held in Danish if all participants are able to converse in Danish.     
  • No. of participants: max. 30


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