Changing the shape of Doctoral Supervision Training at Coventry University

This is a guest post by Nikki Harkin, Assistant Lecturer – Research Capability & Development at Coventry University. Nikki delivers the Doctoral Supervision Programme at Coventry University. The 'winds of change' as we adapt supervisor training for the contemporary context Coventry University are host to around 800 PGRs across 13 Research Centres. In September 2020, …

The unplanned but supported part-time DPsych experience – how to foster belonging and becoming in part time doctoral students

Dr Lindsey Burns is the Director of the Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology at GCU. Dr Richard Golsworthy is the Director of the Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at GCU, and Dr Paul McCarthy is the Director of the Professional Doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology at GCU. All three are HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologists and Chartered …

Is there an award for postdocs who supervise? Now there is!

By Dr Kay Guccione The pilot of the UKCGE Recognised Associate Supervisor Award has now launched! The Recognised Associate Supervisor Award is based on a the sector-approved UKCGE Good Supervisory Practice Framework, and provides guidance and a route to professional recognition for those early in their supervisory careers and those with informal supervisory roles. This …

Thesis Supervision: the educational value of postdocs in supporting research writing

By Dr Kay Guccione I delivered this presentation at the UCL Institute of Education Event on the 9th June: 'Doctoral education and its purposes: research training for a changing world' It focuses on how doctoral writers are supported to make progress, using outcome data from a thesis mentoring programme to understand the educational value postdocs …

Growing Professional Doctorate programmes – overcoming the challenges of supervision when your team is small

This is a guest post by Dr Dan Butcher (@Dan_ButcherOBU), Course Lead for the Professional Doctorate in Nursing at Oxford Brookes University, and supervisor for both PhDs and professional doctorates. Photo by Leon on Unsplash There are a number of subtle (and not so subtle) differences between PhD and Professional Doctorate programmes and the doctoral student experience is dependent on the …

Community Acuity (34): How do you supervise part-time doctoral researchers?

This is a guest post by Dr Louise Harris (@Dr_Weez) an audiovisual composer and Senior Lecturer in Sonic and Audiovisual Practices at the University of Glasgow, where she supervises a number of doctoral researchers, many of whom choose to study part time, for a range of different reasons.  In this video, she shares her reflections …

The home: a complex location for doctoral carers

This is a guest post by Dr James Burford (@jiaburford), Lecturer at La Trobe University, and Co-Founder of the Conference Inference blog, which discusses the role and meaning of academic conferences. In this post James argues that space and care responsibilities are important factors that shape the conditions for doctoral education and discusses the role supervisors can play in …

The UKCGE UK Research Supervision Survey is now live!

Photo by Simone Secci on Unsplash LOOK SHARP! IMPORTANT SURVEY! The UK Research Supervision Survey (UKRSS) is a national survey offering those involved in research supervision an opportunity to share their experiences of supervising doctoral candidates. Open until the 31st May 2021, the survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. Having taken a close look at the question …