Good Supervisory Practice Framework

The Good Supervisory Practice Framework acknowledges for the first time at a national level, the wide-ranging, highly complex and demanding set of roles involved in modern research supervision.

The framework is designed to set expectations for all supervisors, and to support supervisor development programmes. 

The framework is informed by the extensive body of academic research into research supervision and has been validated during a pilot study involving research supervisors across the UK. 

The Criteria for Good Supervisory Practice

The criteria used to define good practice and associated guidance are authored by Professor Stan Taylor Durham University, and Honorary Life Member of the UK Council for Graduate Education.

There are numerous definitions of supervisory practice’ in the literature (see, for example, Eley and Murray 2009, Wisker 2012, Grant et al 2014, Kearns and Finn 2017, Taylor et al 2018) but each contains all, or many, of the criteria in the Good Supervisory Practice Framework:

How to Use this Framework

Supervisors from all academic disciplines and levels of experience will find value in the framework. For some, it will reassure them that their practice already includes the activities of effective supervisors, for others it will set a standard of practice to work towards throughout their careers.

For those wishing to have their supervisory practice recognised by the UK Council for Graduate Education, this framework forms the basis of the required self-reflection. Those early in their careers, and those involved in supervision informally”, should be in a position to provide evidence against 5 of the 10 criteria, and gain Associate Recognised Supervisor” status.

Find out more about recognition of supervisory practice by the UKCGE

For institutions, the framework can be used to validate, complement and support their internal development programmes.

Visit the main UK Council for Graduate Education website