Contemporary Issues in Supervising Research Students (Online)
Duration 1 hour 30 minutes
Team Researcher Academy

This online course is delivered by the Researcher Academy

The Researcher Academy courses are very popular and the majority are run in both semesters to give you the opportunity to attend at a time of the year that suits you. Semester 1 courses will be available for booking from the second week of October and Semester 2 courses from the second week of February.

Target audience: Academic staff who supervise doctoral students and would welcome the opportunity to reflect upon and develop their supervisory practice.


Supervising research students is a process that can be both immensely rewarding as well as challenging. The expectations and approaches of the student and the supervisor as well as various external influences and requirements all impact upon the process and raise many issues to consider.

During this course you will:

  • Explore your own expectations of research supervision
  • Contrast your expectations with those of other supervisors, PGR students and the national and institutional regulatory frameworks
  • Discuss and identify the characteristics of an effective supervisor over the early, mid and closing stages of a research degree
  • Explore how the University’s regulations & Quality Manual support these stages
  • Reflect on your own preferred supervisory management style
  • Be introduced to the support services and developmental opportunities that are available to supervisors at the University.

Aims/ Objectives:

The aim of this course is to enable you to reflect upon and develop your role in supervising research students

By the end of this course you will:

  • Understand the characteristics of an effective supervisor in order to apply them to your own supervisory practice.
  • Be aware of relevant national and institutional regulatory frameworks and how these influence your role.
  • Be aware of the support services and developmental opportunities available to you and your research students in order to access these when appropriate during the doctoral journey.
  • Be more aware of your own expectations, preferred management styles, and their impact.


An interactive online workshop delivered via Microsoft Teams with individual activities, group discussions and taught inputs.

To be delivered as a 2 part online course with an additional exercise to complete over the extended lunch break.

Part 1 10:00 – 11:30

Part 2 13:30 – 15:00 

Related Courses:

If you are an early career academic gaining experience of PhD supervision and examination you may also find the course Examining a Doctoral Thesis online (webinar) useful.

Booking Conditions

Our webinars/ online courses are very popular, especially in the current period and we are experiencing large volumes of people on our waiting lists.  

Please do let us know if you would like to cancel your place on this course so we can offer your place to another delegate. 

Please note, attendances for webinars/ online courses will still be recorded and corresponding training points, when shown as available, will be awarded.


Online course/ Webinar Joining Instructions 

This session may be recorded. If a recording is kept of the session, then please note, that it may be made available to the wider University of Nottingham researcher community.

This is an online session within Microsoft Teams. On the day of the session please use the link in this email to join the meeting. Please do not click the link in this email until the day of the session.

You will need a headset or speakers for the 
webinar and we recommend that you join 10 minutes before the webinar is due to start so that you can test them. Please mute your microphone, switch off your webcam and open the chat box function as you join the Teams meeting. Any questions can be asked via the chat box.

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