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DoctorateHub

About us

Empowering the doctoral researcher in you.

Getting you through your doctoral journey and beyond!

At the DoctorateHub, we broke down the doctoral journey into bite sized chunks. We connected the non-linear dots in a way that provides linear direction to professionals who study towards a doctorate. We have worked with hundreds of professionals on their doctoral journey to understand what their barriers are, we then started to break down those barriers. Today, we offer a highly modular and dynamic learning ecosystem that allows our professionals to manoeuvre through their individual barriers wherever and whatever they are.

To optimise success, there is nothing comparable to our depth of offering across study clubs, training courses, workshops, residencies, pitch sessions, symposia, tutorials, one-on-one mentoring, knowledge repositories, and collaborative workspaces. The DoctorateHub provides professionals who study towards a doctorate with not only guidance and support, but perspectives as well. Access to our pool of globally based coaches, trainers and mentors provides a clear understanding of what the doctorate is all about, what it is not, what is expectable and what is unrealistic.

Our coaches, trainers and mentors are at the heart of the DoctorateHub’s service offerings. And we attempt to provide them with just the right tools so to excel in their student support. Our system facilitates a match making in between those who can offer expertise and guidance and those that are in need of it. We leave it to the discretion of our experts to choose the type of coaching, training and mentoring support that they like to provide. There are many options at hand.

Our professionals who study towards a doctorate value support and the possibility to connect. They have to fit in their research and thesis development with their work commitment and managing their family lives. This also implies, that there are often times where there is no time for them so to advance on their doctoral journey, while there are other times at which they will need to run a(n extended) sprint. Consequently, we are going to introduce more support and collaboration means: be it self-study and peer support offers, fully tutored support, ad-hoc and on-demand services – we want to assure that we get our students covered, once in need.

A dynamic team from across the globe.

Ana Faria
Doctorate
Mentor
Coach
Office
Andreas Meiszner
Doctorate
Mentor
Author
Coach
Office
Be Pereira
Pre-doc
Office
Dr. Viji Vibhu Prakash
Doctorate
Coach
Iniobong Usoro
Doctorate
Coach
Bostjan Gomiscek
Doctorate
Mentor
Author
Office
Steven Mccabe
Doctorate
Mentor
Office

2022 – this year we will even get closer to you!

The DoctorateHub community and service portfolio saw a steady and constant growth through 2021. We grew from some 400 to well over 1000 community members through 2021 alone, coming from an astonishing number of 115 countries. And as we keep learning, there is a good variation on how the doctoral journeys work across the globe. Fortunately, there also seem to be many commonalities and notably on what the expected learning outcomes are.

We are proud that our users are supportive in developing us further by providing feedback and proactively working through journey options with us. This has allowed us to work out the journeys that allow to progress and succeed through the doctorate, which in turn has driven us to seek to optimise those journeys further.

As we move into 2022, we now support you through your doctoral journey through three different routes alongside 25 crucial steps: the club journey, the taught journey, and the mentored journey. You can flexibly choose and flip through the journey that suits you best.

The objective for 2022 is to take our support to the next level and to increase our local footprint through our clubs, joint training events conducted with local partners, and to further enhance the range of learning resources and subjects that we provide through the DoctorateHub community marketplace and learning spaces. We invite you to join in on that and to make sure that the doctorate is a fantastic and truly transformative journey.

2021 – a year of constant growth and development.

With the launching of the new DoctorateHub community marketplace and learning spaces at the beginning of 2021 we now offer many of our advanced training services under three support formats: free self-study with peer support, fully supported through our coaches and mentors, or with flexible on-demand support whenever needed. You can select the option that suits your learning needs best. Since our start back in 2016, the DoctorateHub is using a freemium business model. This means, that we attempt to keep our basic service offer available for free. We want to act as a Hub, and thus to connect all those that are in need for support, that want to connect to others, and those that can provide support.

Drawing on the continued feedback and demand of our students we also introduced the Clubs at the end of 2021. With this we now can support our professionals who study towards a doctorate through different routes, journeys, and themes. From the initial club themes, we can see a clustering around local regions, such as Nigeria, thematic focused clubs such as on the development of the doctoral research proposal, or subject focused clubs such as on staying motivated, fit and mentally healthy. These are some fantastic developments for the closing of 2021.

2020 – the pandemic sets our re-direction towards online.

The year 2020 we kicked-off with two workshops, one in Dubai and one in Dallas. In between these two we also were asked to run with less than two weeks of notice an In-Residency week in Porto, which we did, and which was very well received. With the Dubai workshop we also introduced our Learning Cafés as an open session format for students and academics to connect. Luckily all such events took place within the first ten weeks of 2020, and thus prior to the globally growing pandemic lock downs.

With the growing lock downs and uncertainty on what to expect for the months to come, it was clear that from March 2020 onwards we would prioritise development efforts of our new DoctorateHub educational community marketplace, including to increase our already existing virtual service portfolio by converting analogue services to virtual ones. With the beginning of November 2020, a first beta-release of our new platform is to be released, with many more features and functions to be expected by 2021.

2019 – new training offers: workshops and advanced courses.

With the year 2019, we saw the emergence of our workshop training program and our advanced training courses, which grew from one course subject by the start of 2019 to six course subjects that we delivered by the end of the same year. The first workshop that we run in Liverpool, UK, was also well received and thus the next workshop sessions were scheduled for taking place some time after our September residency.

What also started back in 2019, though would remain largely invisible until late 2020, was the development of our new DoctorateHub educational community marketplace – a technology platform which we decided to design from scratch. The continued growth in service offers, the need to better mediate between students and tutors, the quest to keep learning and achievements connected, and to establish clear communication and collaboration structures, all this called for a central platform to be put in place.

2018 – a quickly growing service portfolio.

2018 saw a continued growth in student support requests, and we kept on developing education services upon such requests. For each request we would look at the student’s individual situation so to jointly decide on the right format. By 2016 we started with review and editing services, including a full thesis reviews and proof reading, complemented with residencies and webinars by 2017. And in 2018 we were approached to run a couple of Mock-Viva examinations. Students also started to ask for some more continuous support, and for which we developed our mentoring and coaching services, and as complementary support to the students’ university supervision.

2017 – from ad-hoc support to our first residency event.

In 2017 most of the DoctorateHub support was provided on an ad-hoc base and the most structured training format that we offered back then was perhaps the 2017 residency event, which then developed in our annual flagship event. Well, at least until the Pandemic kicked in in 2020, and with this kicked out our 2020 residency…

And while ad-hoc service requests continue to be the standard, they became much more robust and mature over time.

The end of 2017 then saw the emergence of the DoctorateHub web presence. And with this came the start of our regular webinars. This provided students with a mean to connect and to stay in touch.

2016 – the year we started!

We started the DoctorateHub back in 2016 as a result of what might be best described a ‘demand-side pull’. We started out from a group of doctoral tutors who worked with students in a large scale global doctoral program offered by a UK university, and with more than 700 enrolled students.

Our initial student population therefore consisted of practitioner doctorate students, aged roughly 35 to 70, who had to fit in their research and thesis development actions next to full time work and managing family live.

Like our students, also we as tutors were based across the globe, but we would meet up occasionally for our residencies in Liverpool, allowing us to connect to students and tutors alike. And with this connection came the ever-growing support requests that students would approach us with.

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