Conflicts with superiors, colleagues, staff members

When issues or problems with your superiors, colleagues or staff members arise, we have a range of services available to help you resolve these conflicts:

Ombudsperson for research

Professor Bernhard Schink
Room: M 905
Office hours: by appointment
Phone: +49 7531 88 -2140

  • Our ombudsperson for research
    • provides advice, mediation services and support to all researchers and scientists working at the University of Konstanz,
    • advises (anonymously, if required) on questions of good scientific practice, potential violations as well as related conflicts,
    • supports individuals who have reported a potential case of academic misconduct (whistleblowers) and may therefore be subject to sanctions by other institutions,
    • is your point of contact, if you are being suspected of academic misconduct.

Ombudspersons for doctoral research

Faculty 1:
Professor Andreas Marx
Room: ML 0521
Office hours: by appointment
Phone: +49 7531 88 -5139

Faculty 2:
Professor Miriam Butt
Room: G 220
Office hours: by appointment
Phone: +49 7531 88 -5109

Faculty 3:
Professor Marius Busemeyer
Room: D 237
Office hours: by appointment
Phone: +49 7531 88 -2860

  • The ombudspersons for doctoral research
    • provide independent and neutral advisory, mediation and support services that are available to all doctoral researchers and their supervisors irrespective of faculty,
    • can help if you experience problems with your supervisor (or vice versa) or if the doctoral supervision agreement has been breached,
    • advise and mediate in cases where the involved parties are unable to resolve their issues on their own.
  • Legal framework:
    • University of Konstanz regulations for the ombudspersons for doctoral research

Academic Staff Development (ASD)

Silke Hell
Room: V 609
Office hours: by appointment (via email)
Phone: +49 7531 88 -4987

  • The Academic Staff Development unit manages the university's human resources development, is responsible for the advancement of junior researchers, oversees the university’s educational development and offers the following services:
    • academic staff development services for researchers and university teachers at all career levels
    • individual consultations and coaching sessions for junior researchers experiencing conflicts
  • Qualification:
    • Diplom psychologist
    • Systemic coach
    • Long-standing experience in human resources development and doctoral research

Director of Human Resources

Renate Pfeifer
Room: V 836
Office hours: by appointment
Phone: +49 7531 88 -2366

  • Human Resources offers advice on the following topics (for doctoral researchers employed by the University of Konstanz only):
    • Resolving conflicts
    • Transferring to another location, changing your workplace
    • Facilitating mediations within working groups
    • Facilitating personal coaching sessions
    • Re-integration programme after absence due to illness
    • Resolving work issues related to illness
  • Qualification:
    • Lawyer
    • Transaction analysis expert

Caritasverband Konstanz e.V.

Jochen Trautner
Uhlandstrasse 15
78464 Konstanz, Germany
Phone: +49 7531 1200 -250

  • Services (see also: Caritas advisory services flyer):
    • At the University of Konstanz, we collaborate with the Caritasverband Konstanz charity to offer free psycho-social counselling. As your employer, the University of Konstanz will not be notified if and when you seek advice or which issues you raise
    • You are welcome to discuss your individual situation as well as possible ways forward in up to five sessions
  • Qualification:
    • Social worker