Challenges for supervisors

Professional skills courses

Course information

ECTS: n/a
Number of session: 1
Hours per session: 2
Course fee:

  • Attention! This course is for supervisors only.
  • free for supervisors of the Graduate School
  • consult our enrolment policy for more information


Enrolment- and course-related questions:

Telephone: +31 (0)10 4082607 (Graduate School)


Edition 1 (online)
May 31 (Wednesday) 2023

Subject: 'Defining the golden rules of supervision'

“Supervising a PhD project is a challenging task. Next to monitoring the quality of research and the progress of a PhD project, supervisors also need to safeguard conditions that enable PhD candidates to excel and stay healthy, happy and motivated. In this session, we will discuss a number of “golden rules” that help ensure that the conditions for a successful PhD project are in place. These rules can be seen as a set of best practices with regard to the communication between supervisors and their PhD candidates and the organisation and planning of a PhD project. In the meeting, supervisors will be asked to give feedback on a first draft with golden rules that is prepared by the EGSH PhD council.”


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Working method

The conversations are part of the efforts of the Graduate School - our Training the Trainer innovations - to bring supervisors together more regularly, around issues of common interest or concern.

Previous themes included 'inclusivity and diversity' and 'organising writing sessions for
your phD candidates'.

We warmly invite suggestions for future episodes!

About the instructor

Dr. Esther Rozendaal is the dean of the EGSH. Since 2020, she has been an associate professor of Communication and Behavioural Change at the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB). Her research focuses on the digital resilience of young people. In particular, she investigates how to help children and teenagers to behave media-wise online. In addition to her academic research, she is concerned with bridging the gap between science and practice. In 2011, together with Prof. Moniek Buijzen (ESSB), she founded Bitescience, a company aimed at transferring scientific knowledge to professionals with young people as the target group.