Personal, social and disciplinary connectors: the part-time, long-haul supervisor

Dr Jon Rainford works on the margins between academic and professional services. He currently works as a freelance researcher, part-time lecturer and works with academics to develop their use of digital pedagogy. He tweets @jonrainford I was recently asked to write a blog with my ideas for success in part-time doctoral research over on the Patter blog …

Community Acuity (31): The cost of academic mobility

‘Community Acuity’ blog posts are from supervisors, to supervisors. They share the thoughts, experiences and reflection of the highs and the challenges of supervising doctoral students. This is a guest post by Dr Cally Guerin, at The Australian National University. Cally is a co-editor of the excellent DoctoralWriting blog, and see also her recent article on the career transitions of PhD graduates in …

Community Acuity (30): Structure creates trust, space for reflection, and opportunities to be flexible

‘Community Acuity’ blog posts are from supervisors, to supervisors. They share the thoughts, experiences and reflection of the highs and the challenges of supervising doctoral students. This is a guest post by Prof Kristina Areskoug Josefsson (@tinaareskoug) at VID Specialized University in Norway. My supervision experience has mainly been gained through distance supervision, via phone or online programs, both regarding …

Community Acuity (29): Don’t be a tyrant motherf*cker

‘Community Acuity’ blog posts are from supervisors, to supervisors. They share the thoughts, experiences and reflection of the highs and the challenges of supervising doctoral students. This is a guest post by Dr Alejandro Pérez-de-Luque, at the Andalusian Institute for Research and Training in Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Ecological Production (IFAPA), in Spain. My general approach to supervision is centred on …

Community Acuity (28): learning what not to do as a supervisor

‘Community Acuity’ blog posts are from supervisors, to supervisors. They share the thoughts, experiences and reflection of the highs and the challenges of supervising doctoral students. This is an anonymous guest post from a colleague in Canada. Photo by Dane Deaner on Unsplash A job interview for a Professor position finally came almost exactly one year after I’d graduated. The key question …

Learning from our supervision meetings: how experience should be valued

This is a guest post by Bing Lu (@BingluAlice), a doctoral researcher studying doctoral education and supervision practices, at the University of Warwick Experience is more often than not taken for granted by us in many situations. It makes our CV shine and conveys a sense of authority. On top of that, experience is a …

Community Acuity (27): keeping communications open during lockdown

‘Community Acuity’ blog posts are from supervisors, to supervisors. They share the thoughts, experiences and reflection of the highs and the challenges of supervising doctoral students. This is a guest post by Dr Abeer Hassan, Reader in Accounting at the University of the West of Scotland. Image by StockSnap from Pixabay  Once the decision to enter lockdown because of Covid-19 was announced, …

Community Acuity (26): supervision at a distance, sometimes less is best

Community Acuity’ blog posts are from supervisors, to supervisors. They share the thoughts, experiences and reflection of the highs and the challenges of supervising doctoral students. This is a guest post by Dr Rachel Shanks (@rshanks), in the School of Education at the University of Aberdeen I know that supervision at a distance can work, sometimes even by email …

Community Acuity (25): distinguish yourself as a supervisor by being kind

‘Community Acuity’ blog posts are from supervisors, to supervisors. They share the thoughts, experiences and reflection of the highs and the challenges of supervising doctoral students. This is a guest post by Dr Paul Reilly (@PaulJReilly), Senior Lecturer in Social Media & Digital Society at the University of Sheffield. Meeting my PGRs in my office (or ideally the more …

Community Acuity (24): compassion and patience are equal partners

Community Acuity’ blog posts are from supervisors, to supervisors. They share the thoughts, experiences and reflection of the highs and the challenges of supervising doctoral students. This is a guest post by Professor Colin Clark (@ProfColinClark) School of Education and Social Sciences, The University of the West of Scotland. Image by StockSnap from Pixabay  With more than 25 years experience of supervising …