Supervision

Supervising doctoral researchers (in French) | Supporting and preparing doctoral candidates for their career after the doctorate | Being a Professor or MER at UNIL | Individual consultation
 

Supervising doctoral researchers (in French)

Define roles and responsibilities, establish a good relationship

This half-day workshop will address the following points, through mini-presentations, a case study and group discussions:

  • Defining your roles and responsibilities as a supervisor and those of your doctoral researchers;
  • Establish effective and appropriate communication;
  • Using the UNIL Code of Practice for the doctorate as a tool in doctoral supervision;
  • Use various tools to analyse and develop your practice;
  • Know the professional opportunities and the future of doctoral graduates (academic and non-academic careers).

Target audience: Academic staff at the University of Lausanne responsible for supervising doctoral researchers from all faculties. This workshop is intended for people with or without experience in the field of supervision.

The main language of the workshop is French. Participants are free to ask questions in English, and small groups will be organised in English wherever possible.

Moderators: Prof. François Bussy (FGSE), former Vice-Rector for Research / Dr. Mélanie Bosson, Co-Director of the Graduate Campus

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Supporting and preparing doctoral candidates for their career after the doctorate

Roles, responsibilities and challenges

The role of thesis supervisor is only one of the many responsibilities of professors and senior researchers. It is a role central however, to the life and career of the young researchers under their supervision. In addition to guiding and training in the various stages of a research project, thesis supervisors are often the first point of contact for career-related issues.

Over a coffee or a light lunch (depending on the timing), we will examine the role of thesis supervisors in the professional development of doctoral candidates. We will take a look at the available data on the careers of doctorate holders and on the challenges of preparing doctoral candidates for different types of careers.

This will be followed by a discussion on best practices for supporting doctoral candidates on career-related issues, as well as existing resources that can help PhD supervisors play a facilitating role. 

The objectives of this discussion are as follows :

  • To become familiar with current employability issues for PhDs;
  • To reflect on how best to support young researchers under your responsibility as they prepare for different types of careers (i.e., academic, public and private sector, independence); 
  • Share experience with peers, and explore good practice;
  • To become aware of resources available within their institution, externally and online.

Target audience: Academic staff from the University of Lausanne and the HES-SO with responsibility for supervising doctoral candidates in all relevant fields. 

The main language of the workshop is French. Participants are free to ask questions in English, and small groups will be organised in English wherever possible.

Moderators: The session will be led by Dr. Isabelle Skakni, Head of the Academic Succession and Careers Unit, HES-SO Rectorate, and by Dr. Verity Elston, Co-Director of the Graduate Campus UNIL.

 

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Being a Professor or MER at UNIL

Roles, responsibilities and challenges

Through your commitment to UNIL, you will contribute to the realization of the institutional missions of teaching and research at the regional, national and international levels.

In order to help you integrate into the UNIL culture and environment by providing you with the appropriate conditions for success, the UNIL Management provides training for all new Professors and Senior Lecturers I and II (MER I & II).

This training is part of the evaluation procedure of the Directorate Directives 1.4 and 1.15 which provide for mandatory training modules to be taken during the first two years of new hires as Professors or MER I and II.

 

The objectives of this training are as follows:

  • Understand the UNIL environment (missions, values, organization, functioning, etc.)
  • To acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill one's role in teaching, research and management
  • To promote internal networking and contact with the various UNIL departments

More information on the training (dates, program, etc.).

 

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This training is highly recommended but optional for PRIMA FNS and ECCELLENZA professors.

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Individual consultation

The Graduate Campus can provide advice and support for your needs in supervising doctoral and postdoctoral researchers.

For more information, visit our "individual consultations" page.

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