By Lynn McAlpine, University of Oxford and McGill University I want to begin by asking you to think back to the highs and lows of your own PhD supervision experience. When I have asked academics to plot their journeys from the start to end of their degrees, they invariably report a number of highs and … Read more
By Dr. Cally Guerin, The University of Adelaide The supervision of doctoral candidates has been subject to many of the same pressures placed upon other aspects of the contemporary university, where staff are required to do more with less, and get it done faster. This presents challenges to established conventions, but it can also have … Read more
By Professor Rowena Murray, University of the West of Scotland I have three suggestions for supporting students’ writing and publication: A pilot study, Analysing published writing Running writing retreats for your students, or having someone else run them, which makes more time for your own writing. A Pilot Study My first suggestion, a pilot study, has … Read more
It is a truth universally acknowledged that university administrators who must report a simple metric to government will develop a tortured system of paperwork to do so. By the time this paperwork reaches the intended target, the original purpose of collecting the information has often become invisible. As a result, much of the administrative paperwork … Read more
By Dr. Geof Hill, Birmingham City University In the provenance of research practice, practical or experiential knowledge was consistently devalued. The Greeks preferred intellectual knowledge over practical knowledge. During the Renaissance, written intellectual knowledge had precedence over practical knowledge. The emergence of scientific method represented a point of ascendance for scientific knowledge and continued degradation … Read more
Historically, research supervision has been regarded as an adjunct of research; it was assumed that, as Rudd10 put it, ‘ if one can do research then one presumably can supervise it’. However, over the past two decades or so, there has been a recognition that, while being active in research is a necessary condition for effective … Read more
With just over a week to go until the winner of our Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year 2016 category at the THE Awards is announced, Dr Stan Taylor looks at what excellence in supervision really means.