How to Apply for Recognition

Gaining recognition requires you to provide evidence that your personal practice is aligned to each of the criteria in the Good Supervisory Practice Framework.

Application Process



Write a reflective account of your supervisory practice in relation to the Good Supervisory Practice Framework.



Once you have completed your reflection, you can choose to apply for your practice to be recognised by the UKCGE.

This requires you to obtain two personal references and for a £75 application fee to be paid.



A two-person panel will peer-review your application. Regardless of the outcome, they will give comprehensive feedback.

Reflecting on your Practice

The application for recognition is an evidence-based reflective account of your supervisory practice aligned to the criteria of Good Supervisory Practice.

Structured Reflection & Recognition Application Pack now available for download

Reflecting on your own practice, compared to a benchmark of good practice, is often beneficial in itself, and can reveal 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.

Structured Self-Reflection

To help guide you through this process, we have created a comprehensive Guide for Applicants – which includes the Good Supervisory Practice Framework – and a Sample Application form.

In your reflection, for each criterion, you should give one or more examples drawn from your own supervisory practice.

Your reflective account should also demonstrate your familiarity with the scholarly literature on research supervision.

You should aim at an overall length of approximately 5000 words.

Applying for Recognition

Once you have completed your reflection, you can choose to apply for your practice to be recognised by the UKCGE.

In addition to completing your reflective account, the application process requires you to:

  • Obtain two personal references— which must be submitted with your application.
  • Pay the £75 application fee.

If your institution is co-ordinating the submission of applications, you may not need to pay the application fee.

Personal References and Authentication

To authenticate your reflective account, you are required to nominate two personal referees:

  • One former doctoral candidate.
  • One colleague who knows about their supervisory practice (for example, co-supervisor).

References should be no more than 500 words and confirm your account and, where appropriate, adding to it.

It is your responsibility to contact referees and ask them to authenticate your reflective account.

Once collected, please submit with your application.

Application Fee

There is a one-off application fee charged on a per-application basis.

The application fee is £75.

We request payment of this fee during the online submission and use PayPal to process the payment.

If your institution is co-ordinating the submission of applications, you may not need to pay this fee.

You do not need a PayPal account to make the payment. It can be made using a debit or credit card.

If the application is given an outcome of Not Met, and you choose not to update & resubmit your application, the application fee is refunded. If you then reapply at a later date, this will be treated as a separate application and the application fee will be charged.

Submitting Your Completed Reflective Account

Once you have completed your reflection you can choose to submit it for review.

If your institution is co-ordinating the submission of applications, you do not need to submit your application online.

Institutional Co-ordination of Submissions

Co-ordinating submissions to the Research Supervision Recognition Programme allows institutions to manage the application and submission process, and to covering the cost of the application fee – rather than leaving this individual supervisors.

The Institutional Co-ordination process involves someone at an HEI collecting then submitting completed applications – sending them directly to the UKCGE, either via email or file transfer.

Once the current application window closes (see dates below), the UKCGE will invoice the institution for the total cost of the application fees. There is no reduction to the application fee for bulk submissions.

Submitted applications will still go to UKCGE run review panels, and applicants must still supply two personal references.

If your institution might be interested in co-ordinating submissions of application, please contact Kate Payne at the UKCGE.

Application Review & Feedback

Your application will be peer-reviewed by a two-person review panel familiar with both research supervision and the Good Supervisory Practice Framework.

To undertake the review, each panellist independently evaluates your application against the same guidance given to applicants. For each of the ten criteria, they consider whether your application provides appropriate evidence of each criterion in your supervisory practice.

Application Windows and Review Outcome Dates

The key dates for the next application windows and review outcome dates are:

Window OpensWindow ClosesExpected Outcome
26th March 202228th October 2022January 2023
1st January 202324th March 2023July 2023
25th March 202323rd June 2023September 2023

Review Outcomes

Reviews have three potential outcomes:

Criteria Met— If both reviewers decide your application does provide appropriate evidence, an outcome of Criteria Met is given. In this instance, you will become a UKCGE Recognised Research Supervisor.

Referred— If only one of the reviewers decides your application provides appropriate evidence, it will be sent to an Arbiter to make a final decision on the application.

Not Met— If both reviewers decide that your application does not provide appropriate evidence, an outcome of Not Met is given. In this instance, the application will be returned to you with feedback on the amendments/additions required to provide appropriate evidence.

Application Feedback: Comprehensive & Constructive

All applications, regardless of the outcome, will receive comprehensive constructive feedback from the reviewers. Where appropriate, this will include recommendations of development opportunities.