Effective Supervision of PhD candidates (with actor) 1. Starting up

Course schedule

This course is not scheduled yet.

Course description

First one-day workshop out of a sequence of three workshops for supervisors of PhD candidates. Supervisors can follow each one-day workshop separately. The training is strongly recommended as element of Tenure Track.

Wageningen Graduate Schools (WGS) offers three separate one-day workshops called “Effective Supervision of PhD candidates” (part I, II and III), which can be followed individually or in sequence. Each separate day is rewarded with a certificate for completing part I, II or III. Dr. E. Cocheret de la Morinière and co-workers are all academics with extensive experience in training and coaching supervisors and PhD students. They are specialists in scientific management and conversation skills. ElroyCOM is acknowledged by the CRKBO as an official educational institute.

The workshops aim to help you to become a more effective supervisor of PhD candidates and save time. Only 10% of PhD students finish within four years. The key factors causing delays can easily be circumvented, provided you invest in the start-up, clear agreements, managing planning, effective coaching and making timely management decisions.

General information

Target Group: Staff members (Professors, UHD and UD) and Post-docs of Wageningen UR who are member of one of the Wageningen Graduate Schools and who are supervising WU PhD candidates. Participants should have at least half a year experience in supervising PhD's
Group size: 12 participants
Workshop duration : 1 day
Language: English
Self-study hours:  
Name lecturer: Dr. E. Cocheret de la Morinière and co-workers (ElroyCOM consultancy, www.elroycom.nl)
Venue: Wageningen


Part I: starting up (3 March or 14 September 2021)

During the start-up of a PhD candidate and his/her project it is crucial to make clear agreements on the responsibilities, roles and tasks of all involved. We inform you of formal rights and procedures at Wageningen University and supplement this with ElroyCOM guidelines to start up a PhD candidate. We also help you to set up a help network for the candidate, relieving pressure on supervision and making the PhD student self-sufficient as early as possible. In the afternoons, we help you effectuate this in conversations with a professional training actor, based on the Situational Leadership theory (Hersey & Blanchard 2004).


Your presence is required a 100% during the course days. This is required for registration and in order to receive your course certificate.


Reduced fee: Supervisors who are member of a Wageningen Graduate School (EPS, PE&RC, VLAG, WASS, WIAS, WIMEK) and are supervisor of PhD candidates who will be defending their thesis at Wageningen University € 200,-
Full fee: All other post-docs and staff of Wageningen University € 400,-
Extended fee: All other participants € 800,-

The fee includes study and training material, coffee / tea, refreshments and lunch.

Cancellation condition

You may cancel free of charge up to four weeks before the start of the training. After this date you will be charged the University fee. Unless:

  • You can find someone to replace you in the training and supply the coordinator (Heleen Danen) with the name and contact information of your replacement.

In this case you will only be charged a € 50,- cancellation fee.

  • You (PhDs and postdocs of Wageningen University) have a valid reason to cancel (illness or death in the family 1st or 2nd degree).

In this case you will be charged the reduced fee and your supervisor/PI must send a mail indicating the reason for cancellation.


For information please contact Heleen Danen, tel. 0317-482923 email Heleen.Danen@wur.nl