Time and timing in doctoral education

The 2022 EUA-CDE Annual Meeting will address the question of time and timing, taking a close look at this key issue for doctoral education. Through workshops and sessions in various formats, this conference will provide an opportunity for the doctoral education community to come together and address these topics.


One of the most significant developments in the field of doctoral education over the last two decades is the growing attention paid to the question of time. The 2005 Salzburg Principles define the duration of a doctorate as “three to four years full time as a rule”. While EUA-CDE surveys indicate that this has become the average length of a doctorate, there is still an ongoing debate on key issues such as time to degree, the role of doctoral candidates who are part-time – either due to parenting obligations or additional work responsibilities – and the increased time pressure in doctoral education caused by tight timelines. Universities face the challenge of ensuring that a doctorate lasts for a reasonable length of time, but they also need to take into account the individual circumstances of doctoral candidates, including age, gender and socio-economic background. At the same time, in light of the increased training offers in doctoral education, it is important to prioritise and consider time management as a key skill for doctoral candidates. Above all, high quality research takes time, with large variations across fields and topics, and it is of utmost importance that doctoral candidates are allowed enough. 

The 2022 EUA-CDE Annual Meeting will also focus on future trends and the diversity of the doctoral candidate population. A new paper outlining a vision on doctoral education, developed together with the EUA-CDE member community, will be presented at the Meeting.

EUA-CDE Annual Meetings have become the largest and most comprehensive gatherings of academic leaders, senior academics, doctoral education professionals, postdoctoral researchers, doctoral candidates and other stakeholders working on doctoral education and research training. They are open to anyone with responsibilities and interest in this field.

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For more information regarding this conference please contact us at info@eua-cde.org.


Invitation from the President

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On behalf of The University of Manchester I am delighted to invite you to participate in the 2022 European University Association - Council for Doctoral Education Annual Meeting.

The University of Manchester, in its present form, was created in 2004 by the amalgamation of the Victoria University of Manchester and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST). In 2024, we will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the foundation of our first predecessor institution, two centuries that have seen 25 Nobel Prizes including that for Ernest Rutherford for his work on the nucleus of the atom. The world’s first stored programme electronic computer was built here, with Alan Turing pioneering artificial intelligence. Professor Arthur Lewis, Britain’s first black professor, received his Nobel Prize for his research on development economics.  Christabel Pankhurst, who studied law here, was a leader of the suffragette movement. The University of Manchester is a place where research has a global impact, where students experience outstanding teaching and learning, helping them to develop into tomorrow’s leaders, and where our activities are enriched by a commitment to social responsibility.

Our student community is one of the largest in the UK; we have more than 40,000 students of whom some 4,000 are postgraduate researchers and we know that as we look forward we must focus on the well-being and success of our students.  In particular to support those who have witnessed their studies disrupted through the pandemic, and to respond to our students rapidly changing needs.    

During these times of change, challenge and opportunity, the 2022 EUA-CDE Annual Meeting provides the ideal opportunity for higher education leaders in Europe to meet, reflect and engage in discussions.  The overarching theme of the meeting will be time and timing in doctoral education, specifically exploring the different challenges faced during the doctorate and how both students and institutions can optimise the use of their time. 

We look forward to hosting the 2022 EUA-CDE Annual Meeting.

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor


About the city of Manchester and the University

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The University of Manchester has many great assets: a fantastic location in a vibrant and forward-thinking city; an attractive and evolving campus; a cosmopolitan and lively student population; and dedicated staff who are world-leading experts in their fields. The University has one of the largest student communities in the UK and is home to more than 40,000 students from more than 160 nationalities.  The University’s size and scale enable unparalleled interdisciplinary inquiry with world-leading minds from the across the University collaborating to discover new ways forward and address some of the world’s biggest challenges from poverty to sustainable consumption to cancer.

The city and the University have long worked together and the city region is a big part the University’s identity. Manchester positions itself as the original modern city and as a place where things are done differently. The city was at the heart of the Industrial Revolution and has always had an independent spirit, with political movements such as Chartism, trade unions and the suffragettes having Mancunian roots. Manchester is one of the most celebrated British cities – judged to be the top UK city to live in for 2018 (the Economist’s Global Liveability index) and one of the ten friendliest cities in the world by Rough Guides readers. The city is famous for its sporting culture and boasts an enviable arts scene. The University’s own Manchester Museum, the John Rylands Library and the Whitworth are among the city’s cultural landmarks with the iconic Lovell Telescope just a short drive away at our Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Manchester was proud to host the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) in 2016, the first time a UK city has been chose to host this biennial, pan-European, general science conference which welcomed 4,500 leading thinkers, innovators, policy makers, journalists and educators from more than 90 countries to the city.


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The call for posters to the 2022 EUA-CDE Annual Meeting on “Time and timing in doctoral education” is now open. The conference will be hosted by the University of Manchester, UK on 22-24 June 2022. The deadline for submissions for representatives of EUA-CDE member-universities is 31 May 2022.

In order to submit a poster proposal please fill in this form.

If you have any questions, please write to Ana-Maria Peneoasu at info@eua-cde.org.  

Registrations are now open.

The event organisers aim to ensure that all members who desire to attend the Annual Meeting can participate. However, in order to guarantee a balance between country and institution representations, the organisers may have to restrict attendance. Priority will be given to those who register early. Additional registrations will not be accepted once the event is full, even if this occurs before the registration deadline. 

The early registration deadline is 25 April 2022

The overall registration deadline is 6 June 2022.


Information on the pre-meeting events on Wednesday 22 June

From 09:00-13:00 Opportunity for national and regional meetings self-organised by EUA-CDE members: EUA-CDE members are invited to organise meetings together with their peers at a national or regional level.  Please note that the number of rooms is limited and will be provided on a first come first-serve basis. In case of interest in organising such a meeting please contact info@eua-cde.org before 1 May 2022.

From 14:00-16:00 EUA-CDE is organising two pre-meeting workshops. For more information about the contents of this workshop, please consult the programme. You will be able to indicate your attendance in the Annual Meeting registration form which is accessible via the Register button on this page. There is no extra fee involved, but kindly note that attendance to these workshops is limited.


Registration fees



Early-bird Fee (until 25 April)  

Standard Fee (from 26 April) 

CDE members

325 Euro

395 Euro

Non-CDE members
(Academic/Public sector)

520 Euro

590 Euro

Non-CDE members
(Industry/Private sector)

620 Euro

690 Euro

Parallel session presenters

290 Euro

290 Euro

Doctoral candidate*

150 Euro

150 Euro


80 Euro

80 Euro

*to benefit from this fee, please contact the EUA Events Team, who will provide you with an “EUA Doctoral Candidate Certificate form”, which has to be signed and stamped by your institution’s secretariat.

The registration fee (CDE members, non-CDE members, Parallel session presenters and Doctoral candidates) includes the participation to the whole event, including coffee breaks and lunches, the welcome reception on Wednesday 22 June, the reception/dinner on Thursday 24 June and the farewell reception on Friday 24 June. The name badge issued to you upon registration is required for admission to the meeting and all related events. You are kindly requested to wear your name badge at all times.

The companion fee is only valid for a spouse/partner and only gives access to the welcome reception on Wednesday 22 June and the reception/dinner on Thursday 23 June. Name badges are required for admission to the social events and will be available for collection at the registration desk.

Participant and companion fees do not cover travel and accommodation expenses or post-conference programmes. 



Please note that by filling in the registration form for an event you agree to full payment of registration fees. Your registration will be confirmed by email. Please wait for your confirmation before making any further arrangements.



Payment must be made upon confirmation and prior to the event either by bank transfer or credit card. The participant assumes full responsibility for paying all bank charges associated with the payment.


Cancellation of registrations

Cancellation is free of charge for the early bird period, which ends on 25 April 2022.  From 26 April to 31 May 2022 included, cancellations are still possible, but an administrative fee of 30% of the registration fee remains due. Any refunds will be made after the conference. Participants who cancel after 31 May 2022 or fail to attend, will be liable to pay the entire registration fee. Substitutes will be accepted at any time provided that EUA is informed of the change. Cancellations or changes must be sent in writing to the following email address: events@eua-cde.org.



Neither EUA nor University of Manchester will be liable for any losses, accidents or damage to persons or objects, regardless of the cause. Participants and companions attend the meeting and all related events at their own risk and responsibility.

Should you have any questions do not hesitate to contact the EUA Events Team at: events@eua-cde.org.


EUA Council for Doctoral Education & EUA Events Team

For enquiries regarding the programme, please contact:

Alexander Hasgall
Head of Council for Doctoral Education
Email: alexander.hasgall@eua.eu

Ana-Maria Peneoasu
Project Officer
Email: ana.maria.peneoasu@eua.eu

EUA Events Team

For enquiries regarding registrationspayments, invoices, visa applications and general coordination, please contact:

Caroline Marissal
Events Officer
Email: events@eua-cde.org

University of Manchester

For enquiries regarding accommodation and local information, please contact: 

Email: claire.hughes@manchester.ac.uk



The conference will take place at The University of Manchester.

Annual Meeting sessions on 22-24 June

University Place

The University of Manchester

176 Oxford Road



Welcome reception on Wednesday 22 June

University Place

The University of Manchester

176 Oxford Road



Dinner on Thursday 23 June

Whitworth Hall

Whitworth Building

The University of Manchester

Oxford Road


The evening will include a welcome drink on arrival, followed by a seated dinner. Dress code is smart casual. 


Farewell reception on Friday 24 June

University Place

The University of Manchester

176 Oxford Road



Visit of the Whitworth Art Gallery on Friday 24 June

The University of Manchester

Oxford Road




For more information on how to get to the venue and practicalities for the conference, please consult this document.   

The 2022 EUA-CDE Annual Meeting entitled “Time and timing in doctoral education” will be hosted by the University of Manchester, UK from 22 to 24 June. For more information regarding this conference please contact us at info@eua-cde.org.


Please consult the map with the location of the 2022 EUA-CDE Annual Meeting and the hotels that are listed below.

All hotels are within walking distance from the conference venue.

Hotels in Manchester

Prices from

Hyatt Regency and Hyatt House at Alliance MBS | Alliance MBS (manchester.ac.uk)


£103 per night – select the ‘corporate code’ option and enter the code 138884*

Ibis Manchester Princess Street

£140 per night

Motel One Manchester-Piccadilly

£150 per night

Travelodge Manchester Upper Brook Street

£152 per night

Holiday Inn Express – Manchester Oxford Road

£165 per night

Jurys Inn Manchester

£180 per night

*No longer available for the night of Wednesday 22 June - the corporate code has a limited number of rooms - therefore the first come first served principle applies.

Kindly check the entry regulations and the visa regulations for the United Kingdom before registering.

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