Step 1: The doctoral student role and doctoral students' work environment

The first step is open to doctoral students in the first half of their doctoral education. The focus is on the doctoral students’ ability to lead themselves and manage potential challenges, and to provide supervisors with tools and practical advice to better support doctoral students.

The Development programme for doctoral students lays the foundation for a long and sustainable working life in the academic community. The programme is designed for doctoral students at Umeå University and their supervisors, with both joint sessions and separate sessions.

The teaching consists of a combination of introductory lectures, seminars, and workshops where examples are taken from the doctoral students' own context.

The whole programme is provided in English.

Information for doctoral students

Content

Step 1: The doctoral student role and doctoral students' work environment targets doctoral students during the first half of the education, i.e. before the mid-seminar or licentiate seminar.

The aim of this step is to strengthen the doctoral students' ability to lead themselves and manage the requirements, expectations and potential challenges that the doctoral education entails.

Step 1 consists of four integrated seminars/themes with focus on:

  1. facing new conditions and demands
  2. accessing one's abilities and finding strategies to develop them
  3. balancing the doctoral education with private life
  4. facing and managing difficult situations.

The themes thus help to develop an understanding of the doctoral student's role in its context.

Expected outcomes

After having completed the first step of the programme, participants should

  • have a basic understanding of the occasionally conflicting expectations and goals that the doctoral education entails
  • have developed an understanding of stress management and the importance of balance and recovery
  • have developed an ability to find a good work-life balance
  • have developed their self-awareness and an ability to manage challenging situations.

Form of instruction

Step 1 consists of four three-hour sessions, i.e. 12 hours in total.

As part of the training, participants are expected to work with preparatory assignments and home assignments, partly in interaction with their supervisor.

Individuals with broad expertise in psychology and extensive experience of doctoral students' unique work environment and work conditions teach this module.

Schedule for the upcoming course offering

 

Seminar 1: To face new conditions and demands
Date: October 7, 2022
Time: 09:00 - 12:00
Place: MA456

Seminar 2: To access one's abilities and find strategies to develop them
Date: October 14, 2022
Time: 09:00 - 12:00
Place: L212

Seminar 3: To balance the doctoral education with private life
Date: October 21, 2022
Time: 09:00 - 12:00
Place: L212

Seminar 4: To meet and manage difficult situations
Date: October 28, 2022
Time: 09:00 - 12:00
Place: Triple helix

 

Information for supervisors

Content

For supervisors, Step 1 provides tools and practical advice to better support doctoral students and raise awareness regarding the regulations concerning doctoral students' work environment.

It consists of two integrated seminars/themes with focus on

1) to lead without being a manager

2) to strengthen doctoral students' work environment.

In addition to the two seminars, supervisors are also together with their doctoral students expected to participate in a brief concluding reflection seminar.

Expected outcomes

After having completed Step 1, supervisors should have acquired tools and practical advice to better support their doctoral students in:

  • managing the demands and expectations that the doctoral education entails
  • preventing and managing stress and finding a good work-life balance

Supervisors should also have developed a basic understanding of:

  • the University's work environment efforts
  • the supervisors' role in ensuring a good organisational and social work environment for the doctoral students they work with.

Form of instruction

The teaching consists of a combination of introductory lectures and discussions. As part of the training, supervisors are expected to support and to some extent work with preparatory assignments and home assignments together with their doctoral students.

Individuals with broad expertise in psychology and extensive experience of doctoral students' unique work environment and work conditions teach this module.

Schedule for the upcoming course offering

Seminar 1 for supervisors: To lead without being a manager
Date: October 5, 2022
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Place: Universitetsklubben

Seminar 2 for supervisors: To strengthen the doctoral students' work environment
Date: October 20, 2022
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Place: Triple helix

Seminar 3 for supervisors: Follow-up and reflection
Date: October 28, 2022
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Place: Walk and talk (meet at Universitetsklubben)

How to apply to the programme

You apply to the programme (step 1 or step 2) by filling in and sending the application form. The application form is available via the link below and in the menu to the left.

Please remember that a supervisor that participates with you needs to be informed about the committment before your application.

After your application you will receive an email with information about if you have been admitted or if you need to apply again for a later round.

Application for the Development programme for doctoral students

Application dates

Step 1: 30 August, 2022

Step 2: 20 January, 2023

Frequently asked questions

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Application dates

Step 1: 30 August, 2022

Step 2: 20 January, 2023

Elizabet Westerlund
5/18/2022