Research Supervision Recognition Programme

A Gateway to Targeted
Professional Development.

A toolkit including the sector-approved Good Supervisory Practice Framework
and offering a route to recognition for research supervisors.

 

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Developed for the sector, by the sector, to support supervisors as they navigate an increasingly complex area of academic practice.

For Supervisors
For Academic Developers

The Research Supervision Recognition Programme includes the benchmark of good supervisory practice and provides you with all the resources needed to undertake structured self-reflection.

The Good Supervisory Practice Framework

Acknowledging the Complexity of Your Role

The Good Supervisory Practice Framework helps you navigate the wide-ranging, highly complex and demanding set of roles that modern research supervisors must undertake to perform the role effectively.

Informed by academic research and approved by the sector, the 10 criteria of the GSPF acknowledges this complexity and sets a benchmark of good practice for all supervisors.

  • 91% of community consultation thought the criteria reflect supervisory practice well or very well.

Structured Self-Reflection

Identify your professional development needs

Reflecting on your own practice, compared to a benchmark of good practice, often reveals new perspectives on the challenges inherent in supervision.

Identifying your strengths and weaknesses enables you to build upon the former and address the latter with targeted professional development.

  • 100% of pilot participants thought the exercise of completing the reflective application beneficial in itself.

Route to Recognition for Supervisory Practice

Recognition of your expertise by a national body

The Research Supervision Recognition Programme is a route to recognition specifically for supervisory practice.

Becoming a UKCGE Recognised Research Supervisor, you can demonstrate to your university, peers and candidates that your supervisory practice has been recognised by a national body.

All applicants receive comprehensive, constructive feedback on their application with recommendations on development opportunities where appropriate.

  • 100% of the pilot participants and 75% of community consultation respondents thought that the recognition programme would be beneficial for professional development.
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Download Reflection & Application Pack

The Good Supervisory Practice Framework (GSPF) provides a basis for enhancing both the initial and ongoing professional development that meets the needs of supervisors and their doctoral candidates.

Enhancing Development Programmes

Embed the framework in your programmes

Align your own supervisor development programmes, for both the initial training and on-going training, to the Good Supervisory Practice Framework to validate and complement your existing programmes.

Identifying Development Needs

Enabling targeted professional development

Use the self-reflection toolkit to identify supervisors’ on-going professional development needs and create development programmes targeting the areas of need.

  • 100% of the pilot participants and 75% of community consultation respondents thought that the recognition programme would be beneficial for professional development.

Internal Award Schemes

Inform the reward of good supervisors in your institution’s recognition awards scheme

The majority of UK HEIs now have their own annual recognition awards. Use the Good Supervisory Practice Framework to inform and strengthen the criteria used in the judging of these awards.

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Tried, Tested. Sector Approved

This programme is long overdue. Across the sector, the recognition programme can offer considerable benefit to all concerned – students, supervisors, and higher education providers.

Community Consultation Response

Validated by the Postgraduate Education Community

A community consultation gave the sector an opportunity to comment on the value of the Programme and the criteria used to define good practice.

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How well do you think the criteria reflect good supervisory practice?

Benefits Demonstrated in National Pilot

Piloted at 13 HEIs across England, Scotland and Wales, 43 supervisors have already tried and tested the Research Supervision Recognition Programme.

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Did you find the exercise of completing the reflective application beneficial in itself?

Research Supervisors Bibliography Front Cover

Research Supervisor’s Bibliography

The 180-page Research Supervisor’s Bibliography is the definitive resource on research supervision literature. Not intended to be a complete list of publications but an index of the key references in the literature across 20 topics.

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Eligibility to Supervise: A Study of UK Institutions

A research paper by Dr Stan Taylor examining the requirements at UK HEI’s relating to eligibility to supervise research – identifying 9 common criteria for eligibility. The paper also examines the professional development requirements.

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