Beginning of June 2021, the project held its mid-term technical review meeting. Policy officers from the European Commission offered valuable insight and suggestions to improve the project’s development.
Each work package leader presented the work and results achieved so far, obstacles encountered and how they overcame them.
Despite the pandemic, the project’s development hasn’t encountered any major setbacks.
Over these first 15 months, DocEnhance has actively been preparing the ground for the actual implementation of its three transferable skills courses on the DocEnhance Platform.
In-depth analysis of transferable skills in doctoral education in Europe has set the conceptual foundation for the remaining tasks and work packages. Five stakeholder meetings with representants from different labour sectors and countries were organised to identify and prioritise transferable skills within and beyond academia.
These meetings were evaluated according to an Evaluation plan developed for the project.
The career-tracking survey was launched in March, to enable partner universities to better understand career paths of their doctorate graduates, including skills utilisation and added value of the PhD, as well as the contribution of PhD to research, industry and society.
Three courses on transferable skills for doctoral education, namely on supervision, career management & entrepreneurship, and data stewardship were developed, ready to be piloted by partner universities in a second phase.
The technical structure for the DocEnhance Platform was developed and integrated to PhDHub, an existing online portal for business-driven research and PhD training. It centralises open positions and funding opportunities from public and private sectors and facilitates matching research interests.
The pandemic certainly reduced the possibilities of communicating the project in conferences; however, social media activity, participation in webinars provided visibility to the project and its initial results.