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Confidential Comments about Doctoral Supervision

After filling in the annual supervision assessment questionnaire, you can send confidential comments about doctoral supervision to [email protected]. These comments will be seen only by the Dean of Graduate Studies or the Director of Academic Service, if the Dean is your supervisor.

Alternatively, you can always contact the office of the Dean of Graduate Studies ([email protected]) to arrange a meeting.

Before writing your confidential comments, please consult the Code of Practice for Doctoral Supervision at the EUI.

Good Doctoral Supervision Practices at the EUI:

At the very beginning of the supervisory relationship, and at various intervals thereafter, the Professor and the researcher should discuss their mutual expectations and agree on how the supervisory relationship will proceed, taking into consideration important academic timelines and the academic development plans of individual researchers.

All important decisions that concern the thesis (e.g. missions, choice of co-supervisor, change in topic or methodology) should be taken only after discussion and by mutual agreement.

Researchers are expected to submit their written work to the supervisor and can expect to receive substantial and timely feedback from the supervisor.

Supervisors are expected to support their supervisees through:

  • Regular face to face meetings, normally once a month. Communication by email or skype can complement such meetings, but should substitute for them only if either the supervisor or the supervisee is not present in Florence.
  • Academic guidance on the development of the thesis (such as methodological guidance; general guidance on the structure and style; planning and the timetabling of work).
  • Guidance and advice on courses and skills programmes at the EUI and elsewhere.
  • General advice and assistance in the pursuit of an academic (or non-academic) career.
  • Support and advice with problems that may not be directly related to the thesis, yet have an important impact on the thesis work, (i.e. a problem concerning personal welfare).

Page last updated on 16/05/2023

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