How to be an Effective Supervisor: Best Practice in Research Student Supervision

Eley, A. & Murray, R. (2009)

Open UP Study Skills, McGraw-Hill


This book is based on the precepts of the Quality Assurance Agency’s recent Code of Practice for the management of Postgraduate Research Programmes. It presents practical information on the QAA Code of Practice, to serve both as a ready reference source for supervisors and as a manual for research supervisor training.

Examples of problems and suggested solutions, reflecting both supervisor and student perspectives, guide supervisors through issues they may face. There are also recommendations for further reading. Key areas the book explores include:

  • Selection and admission of students
  • Supervision arrangements
  • Training in research and generic skills
  • Monitoring and review arrangements
  • Feedback
  • Examination practice
  • Complaints and appeals procedures

How to be an Effective Supervisor is essential reading for all postgraduate research supervisors including those involved in supervising Professional Doctorates and Masters degrees, plus Graduate Deans and Associate Deans, together with programme managers and postgraduate administrative staff. Case studies also make this a key text for supervisor development programmes.

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