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Me and My Supervisor - Tools and Strategies for a Constructive Relationship

A workshop offered by the Bonn Graduate Center

This workshop supports doctoral students as they build a productive and professional relationship with their supervisor. The trainer will provide expert input and advice alongside a framework for self-reflection and exchange with peers.

Online Workshop

Thursday, June 9, 2022
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Friday, June 10, 2022
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Dr. Síofra McSherry





Target Group

Doctoral students




8 units are applicable within the Doctorate plus certificate

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Course Content

  • Information on formal and normative regulations for doctoral supervision (e.g. doctoral regulations, doctoral agreements, guidelines for good scientific practice)
  • Informal conditions: Dealing with expectations, demands and needs — your own and those of your supervisors
  • Clarification of roles: What are responsibilities of the doctoral candidate, and of the supervisor?
  • Working styles: How well do my supervisor and I work together?
  • Factors in the success and failure of a dissertation
  • Actively shaping the supervisor - supervisee relationship: goal - oriented and sustainable communication and strategies for action
  • Effective meetings: Preparation - implementation - follow-up

Course Description

The workshop will take a look at the traditional German system of supervision and provide an orientation for both national and international students. Candidates will learn to navigate the sometimes challenging relationship with their supervisor, address problems professionally, and build positive interactions. Through self-assessment exercises, participants will learn about their own personality and interaction styles. There will be the opportunity to explore specific personal challenges.


Bonn Graduate Center


+49 228 73-60141


Alte Sternwarte
Poppelsdorfer Allee 47
53115 Bonn

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