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Finding the balance between giving autonomy and directions

In this video we present the views of our PhD student and supervísors on the question of autonomy vs direction.

A good supervisor can modulate the degree and intensity of guidance depending on the needs of the student and the phase of the project. How much autonomy do our supervisors give to the PhD student? And how much autonomy do our students value? In this clip you will hear from our supervisors and students at the University of Groningen.

A supervisor is effective when they can adapt the mode of supervision to the stage of the project, but also to the needs of the student, the situation in which they are in. As we will see more in depth in the week 2 of the course, there is no one size fits all in terms of guidance. An effective supervisor is one that can adjust their role and style to the situation and their PhD.

Please reflect on the following question in the discussion section.

1. How much autonomy do you give to your PhD student?
2. How do you recognize when the student needs more guidance?

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