Graduate students’ motivations for (not) participating in development workshops

This is a guest post by Dr Eli Sætnan (@DrSaetnan), Senior Academic Developer at the University of Liverpool. Read her blog here, and read her latest paper, which this blog is based on, here. Photo by Rubén Rodriguez on Unsplash I am sitting in an empty classroom, ready for my next workshop to begin. Slides are loaded, …

Impostor Syndrome: When your accomplishments make you feel like a fraud!

This is a guest post by Assistant Prof. Devasmita Chakraverty, at the Ravi J. Matthai Centre for Educational Innovation, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. She focuses on understanding why highly accomplished people feel like impostors. If you have an impostor story, she would love to hear from you. You can connect with her on Twitter @DevasmitaTweets. See …

Reviewing the literature on the professional development of doctoral supervisors

This is a guest post by Isabel Huet, who is an Associate Professor at the University of West London, an Honorary Supervisor at the University of Liverpool and a member of the Research Laboratory for Supervision and Evaluation at the University of Aveiro, Portugal.  Photo by Drew Beamer on Unsplash When I was invited to write this post, I …

Why do we offer professional development to research degree supervisors?

This is a guest post from Professor Alistair McCulloch, Head of Research Education, University of South Australia. “If a student on a taught or coursework program has a bad experience with a lecturer or tutor, it is rarely the end of the world as there are other lecturers and tutors who can make up for that …

Supervising LGBTQ+ doctoral researchers: ‘none of their business’?

This is a guest post by Dr Kieran Fenby-Hulse, Impact Manager at Teesside University and Dr Ross English, Doctoral College Manager at the University of Brighton  In 2019 we published the results of a survey of LGBTQ+ Doctoral Researchers studying in the UK. As would be expected, the responses revealed a range of perspectives and experiences, positive …