Supportive Programme for professorial staff

As a caring employer Ghent University promotes a talent-driven HR policy. The career model for our professorial staff is based on trust, intrinsic motivation, open feedback culture, and collaboration. This is a fertile ground for innovative research, excellent education and good leadership.

We developed tailormade career support for professors, embedded in a wider learning and development offer for all Ghent University co-workers.

Support for newly appointed professors

Guidance and advice

Your faculty is your first point of contact when you have any questions regarding your professorial career, such as:

  • Questions about your integration text or reflection report
  • Information about the training programme
  • Support in your role as department chair
  • Guidance in constructive collaboration with team members
  • ...

The HR advisor forms a liaison between the faculties and the HR department of Ghent University. Next to that, an HR advisor is part of your individual HR committee which guides, coaches and evaluates you throughout the different steps of your professorial career.

Individual coaching

You can make an appointment for an individual meeting with one of our . We use a strengths based approach in which we can help you to discover your talents, competencies, and energy drivers as to improve your efficiency and work satisfaction. It gives you the opportunity to take one step back and to reflect upon your professional and personal ambitions, the hurdles to take in your career, the challenges you encounter, and to increase your self-awareness.

Topics that can be discussed:

  • Career goals
  • Leadership style or role
  • Time-management
  • Work-life balance
  • Communication skills
  • Talents, competencies, drivers

Training programme

The career development office offers a wide range of in-house training and workshops for all Ghent University staff.

Tailormade courses for professors

  • Leiderschap Ontwikkel Traject (in Dutch)
  • Leiding geven aan een virtueel team (in Dutch)
  • Prof - Selectiegesprek academisch personeel (in Dutch)
  • Prof - Omgaan met spanningen in het team (in Dutch)
  • Prof - Personal time management (in English)
  • Prof - Aan de slag met jouw ZAP-loopbaan (in Dutch)
  • Prof - Evaluatiegesprek in de HR-commissie (in Dutch)

Courses open to all staff

  • Develop your general knowledge and skills in the following domains: communication, ICT, leadership, career, organization, stress management, and language.
  • Develop your Ghent University’s specific knowledge and skills: Computer knowledge, financial administration, wellbeing and environment, diversity and gender, website and information management.

Register for the training programme

Each course is organized several times a year. If the course is complete, you can register for the waiting list.

Go to Apollo (accessible via and click on followings tabs.

  • Personeel > Vorming  > Catalogus  > Professionele kennis & vaardigheden  > Leiderschap (if set in English: Personnel > Training > Catalogue > Professional knowledge & skills > Leadership)
  • Personeel > Vorming  > Catalogus  > Professionele kennis & vaardigheden   (if set in English: Personnel > Training > Catalogue > Professional knowledge & skills)

Switching the Apollo training catalogue into English

For all information related to the training catalogue, it is possible to change your preferred language into English.  Please note that the other domains in Apollo are not available in English at this moment.

Roadmap: go to “Personeel/Persoonlijke gegevens”. Click on “Voorkeurstaal wijzigen”. In the next window, click on “start” and select ‘Engels’ in the drop down menu, then click ‘volgende stap’ and ‘verzenden’. 

For further assistance you can contact or 09 264 98 98.

Cancellation policy

All courses are free of charge, but not for Ghent University! Registration involves a commitment to attend the workshops and professional attitude. Kindly thoroughly read the cancellation policy below:

  1. Avoid late cancellation and mark the training session in your calendar.
  2. Cancellation 5 days or less prior to the start of the course will be considered late cancellation.
  3. Try to find a replacement to help us ensure the quality of the training session and minimize costs for Ghent University.
  4. Repeated late cancellations can compromise your future participation in training sessions.


Career Development Office

HR coaches: Liesbet Boone (09 264 98 36)

HR advisors: Saar Van Lysebetten (09 264 79 55), Sara De Hauw (09 264 79 56) and Pieterjan Vervust (09 264 79 75)

Department of Personnel and Organization

Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 25

9000 Gent