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Overview PhD skills courses

PhD Training

Candidates can choose from four generic categories of skills development courses: organisation, co-operation and networking, communication and presentation, and preparing for the future (in or outside academia). The Graduate school offers both core and elective courses. It is essential for your research skills that you participate in the core courses.

We are a bit overwhelmed by the enthusiasm for our courses this year. We're trying to create more spaces or new dates. Please do send us an email if the course you wanted to register for is full, so we know how many of you are interested in participating.

Thanks! (also for your patience :-)) Eloe & Margreet

N.B we are still completing the schedule for 2020-2021, but many courses are now open for registration. You will receive an email update through your research school when the remainder of the courses are updated.

Please note: the courses in the programme for 2020-2021 will be online due to COVID-19. There are few exeptions, details about fysical meetings are mentioned when relevant.

Core courses

  • Introduction new PhD candidates

    When you start your PhD project you will come across a lot of different faculty offices, procedures and regulations. This meeting will help you to find your way and offers an introduction to project planning. 

    • Date Autumn 2020
      Thursday 24 September 15:00 - 16:00 Followed by drinks! (Full)
      OR
      Tuesday 6 October 15:00 - 16:30 Followed by drinks! (New date)
      This course will be online due to COVID-19

    Register for 24 September

    Register for 6 October

    • Date Spring 2021: Tuesday 9 February 15:00 - 16:00 Followed by drinks!
      This course will be online due to COVID-19

    Register

  • Advanced Academic Writing

    The Advanced Academic Writing course is designed for PhD students who write their dissertation in English. The course addresses different aspects of the writing process, such as becoming aware of disciplinary requirements, improving text coherence, writing effective sentences, using punctuation effectively, using varied vocabulary and improving the overall style of writing.

    N.B. please participate in this course when you have already started writing as you will work on your own texts during the course.

     

    • Dates Autumn 2020: 8 sessions on Wednesday 9:30 - 12:00
      30 September, 7 October, 21 October, 28 October, 11 November, 18 November, 25 November, 2 December
      This course will be online due to COVID-19

    Register

    • Dates Spring 2021: 8 sessions on Tuesday 13:00-15:30
      9 February, 16 February, 2 March, 9 March, 16 March, 23 March, 30 March, 6 April
      This course will be online due to COVID-19

    Register

    • Dates Spring 2021: 8 sessions on Wednesday 9:30-12:00
      7 April, 14 April, 21 April, 28 April, 12 May, 19 May, 26 May, 2 June
      This course will be online due to COVID-19

    Register

  • Research Data Management

    Since a great deal is invested in obtaining valuable research data, good data management is important. But what does that involve? How do you ensure that your data remain accessible and usable in the future, for yourself and others? This introductory workshop will help you get started.

    • Dates Autumn 2020: 2 sessions
      Group A: Tuesday 6 and 27 October 15:00 - 16:30
      Group B: Wednesday 7 and 28 October 9:30 - 11:00

      N.B. There will be an extra course in November. Dates TBA.
    • This course will be online due to COVID-19

    Register for 6 and 27 October

    Register for 7 and 28 October

    • Dates Spring 2021: 2 sessions TBA
      This course will be online due to COVID-19

    Register

  • Academic Integrity

    When discussing academic integrity in broad lines researchers tend to have very similar ideas as to what academix integrity is and how to avoid it from being compromised. But when discussing concrete cases, things may not be as clear as they seem. In this course you will receive information about academic integrity and its different contexts. Discussion will raise awareness of possible pitfalls.

    • Date Autumn 2020: 1 session TBA
      This course will be online due to COVID-19

    Register

    • Date Spring 2021: 1 session TBA
      This course will be online due to COVID-19

    Register

 

Elective courses

  • Academic English

    This course is designed to improve the English speaking and writing skills of PhD researchers.

    • Dates Autumn 2020: 12 sessions Friday 10:00 - 12:30
      25 September, 2 October, 9 October, 16 October, 23 October, 30 October, 6 November, 13 November, 20 November, 27 November, 4 December, 11 December.
      This course will be online due to COVID-19

    Register

  • Advanced Academic Writing follow-up

    The goal of these follow-up workshops is to provide individualized and in-depth writing assistance to PhD candidates in the final year of their PhD programme. We will focus on the challenges that you face in the writing-up stage of your PhD, such as developing your self-editing skills and writing effective and coherent paragraphs, sections and chapters. In these workshops we will further develop and reinforce your advanced academic writing skills.

    • Dates Autumn 2020: 4 sessions Tuesday 13:00 - 15:30
      6 October, 27 October, 17 November, 8 December
      This course will be online due to COVID-19

    Register

    • Dates Spring 2021: 4 sessions on Tuesday 13:00-15:30
      20 April, 11 May, 1 June, 29 June
      This course will be online due to COVID-19

    Register

  • Building a Career

    It is important to start thinking about your future career in the second year of your PhD project. This course will discuss the various paths in and outside academia and will show you how to be prepared when you graduate.

    • Dates Spring 2021: 3 sessions TBA
      This course will be online due to COVID-19

    Register

  • Dutch Language courses

    The courses are organized by the Institute for Dutch language Education/Instituut voor Nederlands Taalonderwijs en Taaladvies (INTT) at the UvA. The INTT offers a wide range of language courses for foreign students and staff. Through the Graduate School skills courses programme, PhD researchers can enroll in one extensive or semi-intensive course.

    • Dates and registration: see INTT website
  • Peer Consultation

    Peer consultation or intervision is a way to find solutions for, and learn from, issues and problems in everyday work with a group of colleague PhD researchers.

  • Popular Writing for Academics
  • Presentation skills

    The course focuses on PhD candidates who want to enhance their presentation skills for lectures and conferences.

    • Dates Autumn 2020: 1 full-day sessions and 4 half-day sessions on Friday
      Friday 23 October 9:00 – 16:00 (Bushuis), Friday 30 October 9:00 – 13:00 (online), Friday 6 November 9:00 – 13:00 (online), Friday 13 November 9:00 – 13:00 (online), Friday 20 November 9:00 – 15:00 (Bushuis)

      This course will be partly online due to COVID-19. The first full-day session and the last half-day session will take place in the Bushuis.

    Register

    • Dates Spring 2021: 2 full-day sessions TBA

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  • Research Skills Methodology tutorials

    Because PhD candidates may need to train very different and specific research skills, it is not feasible to include the broad variety of these skills in the GSH skills training programme. That is why The Graduate School has set up a system of small scale research tutorials under the supervision of faculty experts.

  • Teacher Training BKO/ UTQ

    Funded PhD candidates who started their project after September 2018 are expected to teach in their second and third year for a maximum of 0.2 fte. Within this 0.2 fte they have the possibility to earn their BKO/UTQ (University Teaching Qualification). The BKO-course is exclusively reserved for PhD candidates with a substantial teaching load which meets the BKO criteria:

    • The PhD candidate is substantially involved in the design of the aims, means and examination of the course;
    • The PhD candidate can adjust the course on the basis of the evaluation (this implies that they teach a course twice);
    • The PhD candidate will both be teaching a group and be involved in individual teaching/supervision;
    • The PhD candidate has a role in the organisation of the teaching programme in their department/teaching team.

    Generally, during their first year the PhD candidates will take a UTQ course, and during their second year they will create a portfolio that will be presented to the UTQ assessment committee for assessment.

    Pre-BKO

    PhD candidates who are about to start teaching and who have little or no teaching experience can take the pre-BKO training. This course deals with basic didactic knowledge and also with important rules maintained by the UvA within education, such as those concerning assessments.

  • Valorisation

    This course provides participants insight into how academic knowledge in the humanities can be made applicable for social and economic utilisation.

    • Date Spring 2021: 1 full-day session TBA
      This course will be online due to COVID-19

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  • Writing of Postdoc Research Proposals

    This course is designed for PhD researchers who aspire to a career in academics, and who are in the third year of their PhD program. The course aims at preparing the participants in writing excellent postdoctoral research proposals, with specific attention to early career grants. An additional goal is to help the PhD researchers to shape their academic careers.

    • Date Spring 2021: 1 half-day session TBA
      This course will be online due to COVID-19

    Register