Workshop: Influence your supervisory process as PhD student successfully!

Universität Ulm

Doctoral studies are characterized by highs and lows and the better you manage to participate in establishing a constructive supervisory process, the more motivated you will be to successfully complete your thesis.

The goal of the workshop is to reflect on your role as a doctoral student and to give you the tools you need to actively and constructively shape your doctoral studies.

You will reflect on mutual expectations and thus establish clarity on each person’s role. This clarity will allow you to employ the instruments at your disposal to establish a productive relationship with your supervisor.

Finally, during the workshop, you can prepare for difficult discussions with your supervisor. Especially when you wish to voice criticism or when you have problems with your supervisor, techniques for directing discussions can be helpful. You will also have the opportunity to consider changing any circumstances that are cumbersome to the relationship. We will develop possible solutions as a group and, where applicable, plan first steps for applying them.


  • Clarification of your own role and expectations
  • Instruments for supervision and options for doctoral students to influence the supervisory relationship (supervisory meetings, doctoral colloquium, transparent agreements, supervision agreement, meeting minutes)
  • Techniques for directing discussions (structure of a “diplomatic” discussion, techniques for leading discussions, voicing criticism)

The methods are a varied mix of role plays, action games or reflective exercises that enable to participate actively as much as possible. The workshop offers also the possibility to work on individual issues within the method of solution-oriented peer coaching. The participants work on their own issues and, at the same time, they can make use of the entire group’s wealth of experience when reflecting on and finding solutions for their individual topics. The different perspectives of the group members also help in expanding the range of ideas and in taking different roles and points of view. Possible topics could be for example: dealing with a difficult staff member, coping with labor.

A prior registration for each workshop is required. Workshops are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration opens two months before each event.

Please use the online registration form.