Alumni Dialogue Series Report
The Graduate SPIRIT project is aimed at strengthening PhD education. It has produced an inventory of best practices in graduate schools with respect to PhD candidates, staff, curriculum and organisation. Also, the collected trips & tricks of the best practices have been transformed into an interactive toolbox, which is available online. In addition, the project has tested a number of innovations regarding international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral doctoral training. In response to the reality that most doctoral graduates ultimately find employment outside academic sectors, one of the innovations envisions a strengthened PhD support system, through new or existing PhD programs or possibly via a virtual network, in which PhD researchers are being prepared to transition to non-academic working environments. In this report recommendations are made for these types of innovations, based on the experiences of the Graduate Schools and dialogs with alumni and PhD researchers.
Abstract Training the Trainer report
The Graduate SPIRIT project aims to improve the quality of European doctoral programmes in the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) in response to the needs and challenges faced by PhD candidates, supervisors and other actors in doctoral education. During the second and third year of the project, the nine participating graduate schools designed and implemented “Training the Trainer” (TtT) courses, workshops and lectures to support supervisors in PhD programmes. They also developed recommendations for them in line with the EU Triple I recommendations on doctoral training: to be international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral. This report describes at continuation the Graduate SPIRIT project phase that focused on the challenges of doctoral supervision and the TtT tests run by participating graduate schools.