What is Appropriate Evidence of Practice?

The task of completing a reflective application, like that required by the Research Supervision Recognition Programme, is significantly different in style and content to other academic writing. To help you through the reflective writing process, this short guide – based on Stan Taylor‘s & Gill Houston’s Guide for Reviewers – illustrates the type of evidence … Read more

Advancing an Authentic Writing Experience Among International PGRs

By Dr Dely Elliot & Dr Kara Makara, University of Glasgow In the past few years, we have been involved in teams undertaking research into the experiences of international students studying for doctorates in the UK (see for example Elliot, Reid and Baumfield 2016a and b, Elliot, Baumfield and Reid 2016, Elliot, Baumfield, Reid and … Read more

Mentoring of Novice Supervisors: Training and Support

By Elly S Grossman, Walter Sisulu University and Nigel J Crowther, NHLS/University of the Witwatersrand Despite the crucial need for creating the next generation of supervisory expertise, there are few texts available on optimally mentoring the novice supervisor to develop such proficiencies. To address this issue we organised discussions at our Supervisor Support Group to … Read more

Recognising and rewarding excellence in doctoral supervision: Superdupervisor Awards – How, Why and to What End?

By Professor Doug Cleaver and Dr Nicola Palmer, Doctoral School, Sheffield Hallam University Stan Taylor’s blog on Rewarding Excellence in Research Supervision[i], together with the instigation of pan-institutional schemes such as the THE/UKCGE Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year award[ii], indicates that there is an assumption that excellence in doctoral supervision can be measured and benchmarked sector-wide. Having operated … Read more

Interdisciplinary Doctoral Supervision

By Dr. Douglas Halliday, Durham University Doctoral study has historically been organised and structured around fairly rigid disciplinary structures and paradigms3 9. Many doctoral supervisors and candidates hold the view that doctoral researchers must be firmly embedded in their discipline to acquire all the skills and attributes exhibited by well-established and credible experts in their discipline. … Read more

Informing and Advising PGRs on Non-Academic Careers and the Knowledge Based Economy (KBE)

By Dr Richard Hinchcliffe, Freelance Researcher Developer The employability of research students is an increasingly important issue in the developed world as more PhDs graduate than can be employed in academic research – there are simply not enough jobs. Indeed the over-supply in some subject areas may be as high as twenty to one. Supervisors … Read more

How Might Research on Supervision Influence Your Practice? Things I’m More Intentional About Now

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