EUA Council for Doctoral Education

29 July 2020

The new balance. Insights from EUA-CDE online sessions on doctoral education and the coronavirus crisis

EUA Council for Doctoral Education

The EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) organised a series of online sessions on the implications of the current coronavirus crisis on doctoral education. The sessions took place from 3-12 June and each session gathered between 50 and 80 representatives of EUA-CDE member universities.

The following topics were discussed:

- Online assessment and doctoral dissertation defence

- Online skills training and supervision 

- Supporting doctoral candidates' mental health and well-being

- The effect on collaborations and funding of doctoral education

In the following pages we summarise some of the main results of the sessions. They offer an insight into some initial experiences and can serve as a reflection on the current situation and an account of activities developed as a response to it.