WIAS Introduction course on personal effectiveness for your PhD

Course schedule

Dates Start time End time Location Coordinator registrations
19-20 & 22 January 2021 09:00 17:00 online course Marianne Bruining 12 / 12 Add to waiting list

Course description


This course in an introductory course covering different skills that are necessary for successful pursuit of your PhD. The course consists of the following topics:

Reflection on necessary skills

The course provides an overview of the necessary skills every academic research should have. Participants reflect and prioritize what they think is essential for them. 

Stress management

Doing research can be stressful and managing stressful situations properly is vital for your success. This course covers the important aspects of how stress is triggered and what you can do to reduce stress.

Mindful communication

Effective communication is vital to achieving your goals. In this course the mindful communication framework is used to practice effective communication.


Supervision is an important part of your PhD. As a PhD candidate your will be supervised and will be supervising as well. This course covers the essential aspects of supervision which are then practiced with a real supervisor.

Effective meetings and negotiation

Meetings and negotiation are not always fun to attend and organise. Yet they are necessary. In this course a framework for effective meetings and negotiations is covered and practiced.

Giving and receiving constructive feedback

In this course the OEPS framework for giving and receiving feedback is covered and practiced. The OEPS framework is simple yet effective.

Time management

Juggling different tasks and responsibilities can become stressful if not managed properly. In this course the Getting Things Done (GTD) framework will be covered and practiced.

Learning goals

  1. You have an overview of the various skills needed for effective academic research
  2. You understand how stress is triggered
  3. You can reflect on your own personal stress triggers and come up with ways to deal with stressful situations
  4. You understand the mindful communication framework
  5. You can use the mindful communication framework in various settings
  6. You have an overview of the expectations regarding supervision. Both being a supervisor and a supervisee
  7. You understand the mechanism of meetings and communication techniques that can be used in the various stages of meetings to make meetings more constructive.
  8. You can use the OEPS framework to give and receive feedback
  9. You know how to handle negative feedback
  10. You understand the GTD framework and can use that in your daily work.
Provisional Programme                            
Date   19-20&22 January 2021                          
Location  online course                        
Trainer Youssef El Bouhassani                          
Email    y.elbouhassani@gmail.com                        
    Day 1           Day 2           Day 3    
9:00 1 Introduction of the course and    9:00 1 Supervision: being a supervisor   9:00 1 Meetings and group discussions
    getting to know each other.       and a supervisee.              
9:30 2 Reflection on skills necessary     2 Introduction of the Mindful     2 Practice meetings and group
    for succesful completion of your       Communication framwork.       discussions  
    PhD and definition of personal                        
    learning goals                          
  3 Coffee break       3 Practice with the Mindful     3 Coffee break  
                Communication framework            
11:00 4 Introduction of the OEPS   11:00 4 Practice with the Mindful   11:00 4 Negotiation framework  
    framework for giving and       Communication framework            
    receiving feedback                          
  5 Practicing the OEPS framework     5 Mindful communication and     5 Practice negotiation framework
    for giving and receiving         cultral diversity              
12:30 6 Lunch       12:30 6 Lunch       12:30 6 Lunch    
13:30 7  Stress management. Triggers   13:30 7 Mindful Comunication and   13:30 7 Time management  
    and ways to deal with stressful       supervision                
  8 Practice with the stress       8 Supervision: Practice with a     8 Time management  
    management framework       supervisor                
  9 Coffee break       9 Coffee break       9 Coffee break  
  10 Practice with the stress       10 Supervision: Practice with a     10 Practice with the Getting Things
    management framework       supervisor           Done Framework  
16:30 11 Review and wrap-up of the day   16:30 11 Review and wrap-up of the day   16:30 11 Review and wrap-up of the day
17:00 12 End of day       17:00 12 End of day       17:00 12 End of day