Research Supervisor Seminar Series
Duration 0.5 days
Team Researcher Academy

These courses are delivered by the Researcher Academy

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

Process: 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.

This series of short talks is aimed at University staff currently involved in research supervision of masters and doctoral students, whether formally or informally. 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. Whilst many sessions focus on managing research students needs, others focus on specific support and development for staff in research. They are delivered by colleagues from around the University as well as external speakers. These courses are open to all staff, not students.

Aims: 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.

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

Session 1: Supporting PGRs with their Training Needs Analysis

22nd September 2021, 14.00-15.00


Session 2: Mutual Recovery of mental wellbeing: the role of the creative University

6th October 2021, 14.00-15.30


Session 3: Learning from cabin fever: optimising work environments for PGRs

20th October 2021, 14.00-15.30


Session 4: Supervising students : Thorny questions and some answers

26th October 2021, 13.30- 15.00


Session 5: Mental health awareness for supervisors

10th November 2021, 10.00-12.00


Session 6: Constructive guidance for your PGRs: feedback, learning experiences and supervisor involvement 

17th November 2021, 11.00-12.00

Session 7: Improving equality, diversity and inclusion in PGR recruitment
24th November 2021, 14.30-16.00

Session 8: Managing Complaints

1st December 2021, 10.30-12.00


Session 9: Breaking out of the discipline silo: supervision in multi-disciplinary teams
13th December 2021, 14.00-15.30

Session 10: The Research Supervision Survey: Implications for Practice
(Karen Clegg, Head of Research Excellence Training, University of York)
20th January 2022, 11.00 - 12.30

Session 11: Supervising PGRs from diverse backgrounds

3rd February 2022, 10.00-11.30


Session 12: The assistant supervisor role and taking your first steps into doctoral supervision

9th February 2022, 14.00-15.00


Session 13: Developing positive working relationships with your PGRs

23rd February 2022, 14.00-15.30


Session 14: Digital tools to support the research lifecycle

16th March 2022, 13.00-15.00


Session 15: Mental health awareness for supervisors

23rd March 2022, 13.00-15.00


Session 16: Lessons from a supervisor from inside the machine. Advice for PSAs and PGR directors

6th April 2022, 13.00-15.00

Face to face, University Park


Session 17: Managing complaints

11th May 2022, 14.00-15.30


Session 18: Supervising across difference

18th May 2022, 13.00-15.00

Face to Face, University Park

Session 19: Supporting PGRs into non-academic careers

25th May 2022, 13.00-14.30 


Session 20: Supporting PGRs into academic careers

8th June 2022, 13.00-14.30 


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. 

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