coaching PhD researchers supports their sense of progress, and reduces intention to quit.

This blog post is written by two Danish researchers and academic developers, Mirjam Godskesen, affiliated with Aalborg University, and Sofie Kobayashi, affiliated with the University of Copenhagen. Both work as private consultants, coaches, and teachers and researchers in higher education. Based on a project on coaching PhD students at Danish universities, they studied the effects …

rekindling joyful writing

 Dr Matthew Cheeseman (@eine) and I have create a video-blended workshop, ‘Writing Without Discipline’, and we are giving away the materials. In developing this workshop we wanted to introduce creative writing concepts to researchers working in any and all disciplines, as a way to support people who felt tense, anxious, about writing, or had fallen into …

what does ‘good supervision’ mean to you?

The SuperVisionaries ‘Name and Acclaim’ project* has opened again, deadline 10thJune at 5pm. The 2018 celebration of good supervision had 199 inspiring nominations - read Kay's reflections on the process here. We are asking, what good supervision means to you? This is a guest post by Eleni Routoula, PhD researcher in the dept of Chemical and …

protecting supervisors who respond to the mental health and wellbeing needs of international research students.

There is evidence that international doctoral students are more vulnerable to study-related stress in the course of their candidacy. Our project asks how this amplified stress may also have an impact on those who closely support them? The study defines a unique set of stress triggers for the supervisors of international PGRs and demonstrates for …

postdocs can’t supervise!

This post is reproduced from the original here, with kind permission. Institutional and sector pressures on the doctorate, on doctoral supervision, and on academic practice, have increased in recent years, and supervision is just one element of academic practice in an increasingly high demand ‘all-rounder’ academic role. Supervision, and the supervisory relationship, is often described as …

PGR Peer-Mentoring can’t compensate for poor supervision

Making sense of PhD learning experiences, and understanding the ’norms’ of research can be enabled by supportive peer cohorts and communities, good supervision relationships and recent research has mapped a wider set of ‘meaningful others’ interplaying across doctoral support networks. Peer-to-peer mentoring models in many different contexts can provide good longitudinal support for engaged individuals and so peer-mentoring …