e-NOTE: European Network on Teaching Excellence

What is “teaching excellence” in Higher Education? Which different teaching excellence training, promotion and reward schemes exist across Europe? How can a common European teaching scheme look like?

The e-NOTE project seeks to answer these questions. The Department of Political Science cooperates with five other universities and institutes across Europe. Leiden University leads the project.

Jacob Gerner Hariri gives a lecture. Photo: Sara Galbiati
Photo: Sara Galbiati

This three-year project develops best practices in the field of online and offline teaching excellence related to Bachelor and Master teaching as well as PhD supervision. It places particular emphasis on how to implement excellence in teaching and mentoring in the context of COVID and related online adaptations.

Upcoming activity: ’The second Learning and Teaching Excellence of Academic Staff’, January 2023. More information below: Training on Teaching Excellence.





































E-NOTE Second Teaching Excellence Training for Academic Staff
Programme (pdf).

The European Network on Teaching Excellence hereby announce our next Teaching Excellence training for Academic Staff event that takes place online from 9-13 January 2023. The training is organized under the auspices of the Erasmus + Strategic Partnership project E-NOTE. Copenhagen University host the event in cooperation with the universities of Leiden, Coimbra and Charles.

Each day, a specific group is prioritized, Teachers, Developers, Managers and European Institutions and National Agencies. As a participant, you have the flexibility of choosing from the various program panels.

The focus of the training will be on how to do excellent teaching and teacher training and how to ensure a supportive and development oriented environment for excellent teaching and teacher training at a departmental, institutional as well as at a national and international level. The design of the programme takes the variations in stage of development and implementation of Teaching Excellence programmes into consideration. There will be a mix of presentations and workshops with different focus depending on the participants needs.

The event is organized to benefit university management staff, higher education learning and development professionals and teaching staff. The objective of the event is to display good case studies of excellence training, including training curricula development and allow participants to gain hands-on experience through practical workshops. Participants should bring a case of their own to share and develop during the event.


The training programme will be updated continuously as the speakers confirm their participation. The expected timeframe is 9:30-17:00 CET.

Deadline for registration was December 1st, 2022.

By December 8, 2022, you will get an answer from the organizers.



The First PhD Supervision Excellence training for Academic Staff week took place online in June this semester as part of e-Note. We were well represented from DPS, with three presentations by PhD students: Jakob Dreyer, Matthias Humer and Regitze Helene Rohlfing. Furthermore, Hanne Nexø Jensen contributing with a presentation and Christian Rostbøll, Rikke Lyngby von Müllen and Hanne Nexø Jensen chairing panels.

The aim of the training week was to look at Excellence in PhD supervision from various perspectives and to present examples of how to practice and develop excellent PhD supervision. Some major challenges such as lack of mental well-being among PhD students’ across countries combined with the pandemic and a war were addressed, too.

A common thread throughout the week was the importance of excellent supervision, based on a well-functioning relationship between supervisee and supervisor(s) where academic and social issues as well as integration of the PhD students in relevant networks were emphasized. However, the institutional responsibilities for creating a healthy and productive research environment including support during the process as well as support for future career were noticed. As a participant said, it takes a village to supervise a PhD student, properly.  The event also illustrated that excellence in PhD supervision depends on the interaction between actors at all levels (international, national, institutional, departmental and individual).

The evaluations show a successful training week:

“How similar the challenges are despite the varied national higher education contexts.”

“I have learned that all universities have different means to achieve teaching excellence, but the goal is the same. So, it was good to find some strategies that I could try to apply in my university.”

We are looking forward to the next e-Note event, which include:

  • A second online Learning and Teaching Excellence of Academic Staff hosted by DPS (expected to be 9-13 January 2023).



The Programme for European Network training event, Teaching Excellence in Doctoral Supervision takes place online between 20 June 2022 and 24 June 2022.










Name Title Phone E-mail
Adler-Nissen, Rebecca Professor +4530224075 E-mail
Berg-Sørensen, Anders Associate Professor +4535323449 E-mail
Eady, Gregory Assistant Professor - Tenure Track   E-mail
Græger, Nina Head of Department, Professor +4535337662 E-mail
Hjorth, Frederik Georg Associate Professor +4535324104 E-mail
Jensen, Hanne Nexø Associate Professor +4535323415 E-mail
Junk, Wiebke Marie Assistant Professor - Tenure Track +4535333812 E-mail
Kosiara-Pedersen, Karina Associate Professor +4535323416 E-mail
Marcussen, Martin Professor +4535323499 E-mail
Tønder, Lars Professor with special responsibilities +4535320489 E-mail
von Müllen, Rikke Lyngby Educational Adviser +4535324534 E-mail

Funded by:

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e-NOTE: European Network on Teaching Excellence is a research project funded by the European Union’s Erasmus + Programme (KA 203 Strategic Partnership).

Project: e-NOTE: European Network on Teaching Excellence
Period: 2020-2023


Hanne Nexø Jensen
Project coordinator
Nina Græger
Project coordinator and e-Note Steering Group Member