Martí-Franquès COFUND Fellowship Programme


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Legal and Social Sciences

Supervisor name and surname:

Mireia Valverde

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Supervisor short biography

Co-supervisor name and surname:

Mar Reguero/Joan J. Carvajal

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Co-supervisor short biography

PhD programme:

Economics and Business

Title of the research project:

Impact of PhD supervisory training: measurement and improvement

Description of the research project:

The recent and widespread growth in interest in pursuing PhD studies has led to a striking increase in candidates for doctoral programs, many of whom present widely varying profiles. Consequently, a general recognition has emerged that supervising a PhD is not a given. Rather, it is a role replete with responsibilities and the highest academic standards and expectations that requires much training and preparation of supervisors. As a result of these new needs, universities have responded with a broad range of approaches based on varying degrees of involvement and effort directed towards PhD training provision. In this context, it is now time to take stock of the outcomes of such efforts, in macro terms, by profiling the range of practices and approaches at the European level, and in micro terms, by reviewing the impact of specific approaches to providing PhD supervision training.

Therefore, the present research project attempts to analyze the impact of PhD supervision training on the roles and activities undertaken by supervisors and the quality of the supervision received by PhD candidates. To do so, the project will identify and consider different approaches to the measurement of this impact. This will be with a view to generating improvements in institutional approaches to providing PhD supervision training and their corresponding follow up activities.

This objective will materialize through the pursuit of more specific research activities among the following lines:
- To identify and review current practices in PhD supervisory training, mapping the situation in the European context.
- To identify and separate measures of evaluation and impact of PhD supervisory training on a number of stakeholders, particularly on supervisors, PhD researchers, PhD graduates, and the university as an institution.
- To observe actual practices of trained PhD supervisors as opposed to those who have not participated in such training.
- To describe the characteristics of finished thesis supervised by trained supervisors (e.g. in terms of research outputs).
- To describe current roles of trained PhD supervisors in order to identify new ways of executing their supervisory role and detect its potentially widened scope (e.g. by participating in planning their PhD candidates’ careers).
- To generate a guideline of standards and strategies to measure the impact of investments made in PhD supervision training provisions.
- To develop a set of principles guiding good practice in PhD supervisory training for maximum impact.
Ethics: This project involves ethical aspects.

Workplace location: Campus Bellissens, Reus

Gross anual salary:

27103.20 €


Full time

Working hours:

37.5 hours a week

Expected start date:

15 March 2021

European union This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 945413