Contemporary issues in supervising research students

Title:Contemporary issues in supervising research students

Duration:0.5 days
The Graduate School

This course is delivered by Research & Graduate Services

The Graduate School 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

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. This course is designed for academic staff who supervise doctoral students and would welcome the opportunity to reflect upon and develop their role in the supervision process.



Interactive and dynamic workshop with individual activities, group discussions and taught inputs.




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 supervisors 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


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 useful.



To enable you to reflect upon and develop your role in supervising research students


Learning Outcomes


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 impact upon 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

·        be more aware of your own expectations and management styles

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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