GYR Recommendations

As a strategic consulting committee for the university management board, the Gutenberg Council for Young Researchers (GYR) formulates the recommendations for advanced improvements on research and working conditions for the academic and artistic junior staff at JGU. Additionally, the GYR also works on relevant documents for the university management board.

Tenure track procedure at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

In its recommendation from 2015, the GYR shows relevant aspects that need to be accounted for in a tenure track procedure.

Recommendations for a tenure track procedure (PDF, in German)

Recommendations on supervising doctoral work for junior research group leaders

To support and promote independence in the academic realm, the GYR recommends that the faculties give externally evaluated junior research group leaders the opportunity to independently supervise and review dissertations and master theses of their employees.

The senate endorsed this recommendation during the meeting on July 15th, 2016.

Recommendations on supervising doctoral work for junior research group leaders (PDF, in German)

Guidelines on drafting a supervision agreement for a doctoral project

The purpose of a supervision agreement is to come to a mutual agreement on the structure of the doctoral phase. This creates a transparent and reliable basis for supervision for both the doctoral candidate as well as the supervisor. Creating a dialog on expectations and ideas regarding both sides of the agreement helps to prevent disappointments and misunderstandings for both parties by identifying and clearing up discrepancies early on.

In order to support doctoral candidates and supervisors with drafting a supervision agreement, the GYR has developed guidelines that can be used as motivation and a framework for orientation.

During the meeting on April 28th, 2017, the JGU senate recommended that all departments, faculties and artistic institutions complete a written supervision agreement and orient themselves on the “Guidelines for a supervision agreement at JGU Mainz.”

Guidelines for a supervision agreement at JGU (PDF, in German)

Sample template (Word file, in German)