What is the role of a thesis supervisor? Although the thesis supervisor is often in the background, they are nevertheless essential to the success of the PhD student's research.
Resources and support
The doctoral path is similar to a personal and professional trial, at the end of which the ability to bounce back is often characteristic of those who managed to complete it. A scientific and professional adventure, the thesis is also a challenge where the doctoral student is not the only one on board. He can count on different people and bodies:
The key reference person throughout the PhD. From the start, the thesis supervisor is the key actor with whom the question of mutual expectations and the way of functioning is discussed (periodicity of the meetings, modalities of these meetings, planning of the work, the annual meeting with the thesis committee, etc.). It is he/she who supervises the work of the PhD student on a daily basis.
The thesis committee
It is composed of at least three people including the sponsor, it advises the doctoral student in the preparation and drafting of their doctoral thesis. At least once a year, the doctoral student presents it with the status of their project.
The Doctoral College
The jury that organises and manages the development of the PhD programme of all PhD students in its field. It is in charge of: the admission of the candidates, the scientific follow-up of the PhD students. Structured by discipline, they have their own rules.
It comes in at the end of the process to evaluate the quality of the thesis and award the title of doctor.
The University Council for Doctoral Training and the Doctorate (CUFDD)
It implements the institutional policy in the field of postgraduate studies. It is composed of (vice) presidents of colleges and doctoral representatives.
The Doctorate Board
The executive body of the CUFDD, the office regularly studies the challenges related to the PhD at ULiège. For the 2019-2020 academic year, the Board is composed as follows:
- President: Prof. Dominique LONGREE
- Vice-President:Vincent Natalis (doctoral student)
- Representatives of the Doctoral Colleges: Prof. Gentiane HAESBROECK and prof. Benjamin G. DEWALS
- Representatives of the doctoral students: Audrey RENSON, Gilles DEGOTTE
- Representative of the Administration: Evelyne FAVART
The Research and Development Administration
The doctoral affairs unit is a relay for all the actors who intervene, from nearby or afar, in the path of the doctoral student. It represents an institutional contact point with the doctoral colleges, with the network of doctoral students, with doctoral schools, and with other universities. And a point of contact, of course, for PhD students looking for answers to their questions.
Contact(s) : ARD
Mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
The administrators of the doctorate by Faculty
The PhD administrators within the faculties constitute reference persons for doctoral students:
- Faculty of Philosophy and Letters
- Faculty of Law, Political Science and Criminology
- Faculty of Sciences
- Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech (GxABT)
- Faculty of Medicine
- Faculty of Applied Sciences
- Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
- Faculty of Psychology, Speech Therapy and Education Sciences
- HEC Liège, School of Management
- Faculty of Social Sciences
- Faculty of Architecture
FRS-FNRS doctoral schools : These 50 doctoral thematic schools offer a range of training courses for PhD students from the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.
Network of doctoral students (ReD): an inter-faculty network, it allows for dialogue between PhD students and interdisciplinary meetings, which are often sources of inspiration and innovation in research. Informal contacts between doctoral students are an essential form of support throughout the PhD, including at the very beginning of the course.
CCS : institutional consultation and representation body of the scientific staff of the University of Liège.