Research Supervisor Seminar Series

Title:Research Supervisor Seminar Series

Duration:0.5 days
The Graduate School


This course is delivered by the Graduate School

Target audience

University staff involved in research supervision (either formally or informally)


A series of short talks followed by a Q&A session.
Dates and locations for these talks will vary. Research Supervisor Seminars will be advertised on the Research Staff website and Central Short Courses.

Please note that course start times are 13:15 to allow for Hopper bus arrivals, but tea and coffee will be available in the room from 13:00, except for session 6 19th Feb 2019 which begins at 15:15


This series of short talks is aimed at University staff currently involved in research supervision of masters and doctoral students. The landscape of research supervision is constantly shifting; from changes in policy through to new and different models of doctorate, the expectations of funding bodies to the expectations and capabilities of research students. Navigating these differences and knowing the best thing to do for all concerned isn't always straightforward, even for experienced supervisors. The talks cover topics that have been highlighted by supervisors as areas where they would like more advice and practice-sharing opportunities. They are delivered by colleagues from around the University as well as external speakers. These courses are open to all staff, not students.


These talks aim to support a culture of the discussion of research supervision purpose and practice across the Institution and inform staff on a wide range of supervision topics.


To book a place at a seminar please click on the title which will take you through to the booking page






Tue 23 Oct 2018
13:15 - 14:45

Session 1

Top Tips for supervising students in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)

University Park

Wed 21 Nov 2018 
13:15 - 14:45

Session 2

Developing personal skills for Research Supervision


University Park

Wed 28 Nov 2018
13:15 - 14:45

Session 3

Top tips for supervising students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)

University Park

Wed 5th Dec 2018
13:15  - 14:45


Session 4

Thesis by published work. A conversation to understand the fundamentals

University Park

Wed 30th Jan 2019
13:15 - 14:45

Session 5

Results from a survey of PGR supervisor experiences and needs in supporting PGR students mental health

University Park

Tue 19 Feb 2019
15:15 - 16:45

Session 6
Supporting students researching with external organisations as part of their doctorate

University Park

Tue 5 Mar 2019 
13:15 - 14:45

Session 7
Writing - Helping students without writing it yourself
University Park

Wed 10 Apr 2019
13:15 - 14:45

Session 8
Home or Away : Towards a framework for selecting students in industrial partnerships

University Park

Wed 8 May 2019
13:15 - 14:45


Session 9

Understanding Diversity and responses in supervision

University Park




Booking Guidelines

Latecomer policy
Researchers should plan to arrive prior to the advertised course start time. Except for exceptional reasons, there will be no admittance to a Graduate School or Faculty Training Programme (FTP) course 15 minutes after the advertised course start time.


Importance of booking commitment

When booking on to a Graduate School short course you are entering into a commitment to attend. If you find that you are no longer available to attend you MUST cancel your place (on the system if more than three days before the course or if at short notice by emailing This will ensure that your place can be offered to another researcher on the waiting list. Failure to cancel a place results in other researchers missing out on places through the waiting list process.

It is unacceptable for researchers to just not attend when booked onto a course. The Graduate School maintains records of those who repeatedly do not attend courses they have booked. This may affect future eligibility to book onto further Graduate School courses and will affect considerations for Graduate School funded opportunities.

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