Workshop Manage your Supervisor - for PhD's (in English)


A PhD-project comes with many challenges. You have to organize your research activities independently and are expected to handle workload. At the same time you are responsible to report your ideas, findings and progress to your promotors. Communication competency is essential to professional success and well-being in the workplace.

In this workshop we will focus on the communication between you and your supervisor. Managing your supervisor and co-workers starts with managing yourself. Therefore, you will answer a short questionnaire to reflect on your own working-style. We discuss the differences between styles and zoom in on strengths and possible challenges. Next you explore the leadership-style of your supervisor. We will discuss different types of leadership and how to deal with them. Ultimately, we will simulate feedback-sessions where you can practice your personal learning goal and improve on your communication skills

The result of this workshop will be that you have a better understanding of your own communication style and that of your supervisor. By combining these insights with experiential learning you will be able to improve the communication with your supervisor. 

Who is it for

PhDs of all graduate schools, regardless of your type of contract or the year of your PhD-project; Postdocs and temporary teachers from all faculties, regardless of your type of contract.


Administration Building, room 0.33F


Rutger-Jan Scholtens

Free entrance

Certificate of attendance available upon request


Our no-show policy

We are happy to offer workshops for free to all Utrecht University students and PhD-candidates. However: free of charge does not mean free of responsibility. Our activities tend to be fully booked well in advance. For every late cancellation or no-show we have had to disappoint others who would have liked to attend. This is how we work: 

  • Once you have signed up for a workshop, we expect you to attend;
  • If you need to cancel your registration, do so at the earliest possible moment, at least 24 hours before the workshop;
  • Not showing up without notice will mean you cannot participate in any Career Services activity for 8 weeks. Two no-shows mean you cannot participate for the remainder of the academic year.


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Administration Building 0.33F