What support do international graduate teaching assistants need?

This is a guest post from Dr Jo Collins, Postgraduate Development Advisor, University of Kent. Photo by redcharlie on Unsplash As part of a University of Kent Review of Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs), we ran a survey which gathered data from 44% of our GTAs. The survey highlighted three key findings: International postgraduate students (those who require a Tier …

Community Acuity (22): ‘flying solo’ and failing miserably, recognising our limitations

’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. Photo by Aral Tasher on Unsplash I have been in two examining teams (two external examiners in each as per institutional rules) which failed doctoral candidates in different subject areas …

Teaching your students to trust themselves

This is an anonymous post from a ‘failed’ PGR, now working in researcher development at a UK University. Part of their role is supporting supervisors and PGRs navigating the process and complexities of a supervisor/supervisee relationship. Photo by Siora Photography on Unsplash When it comes to my ‘failure’ as a PGR it is difficult to know where to …

Community Acuity (21): working through transitions to support confidence and clarity

’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 Peter Hartley, Independent Educational Consultant, Visiting Professor at Edge Hill University and National Teaching Fellow. Michelle Morgan delivered an inspiring keynote at the November 2019 SEDA Conference. …

Developing a pedagogical space for novice supervisors

This is a guest post by Dr Matthew Sillence, Lecturer in Postgraduate Education and Training, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of East Anglia. Matthew teaches on the Masters in Higher Education Practice. The University of East Anglia has run a Masters in Higher Education Practice (MA HEP) for many years. This provides a route …

Why universities ought to prioritise development programs for experienced supervisors

This is a guest post by Gitte Wichmann-Hansen, Associate Professor and Educational Developer at Aarhus University in Denmark. She recently published an article on the challenges and value of development programs for experienced doctoral supervisors. The article was co-published with her Danish colleague Mirjam Godskesen (Independent Consultant) and international collaborator Margaret Kiley (Australian National University). You can find the whole …

Supervision: the balance between support and autonomy

This is a guest post by Chloe Casey, Postgraduate Researcher at Bournemouth University whose own PhD is investigating the role of supervision in PhD student mental health. She Tweets as @ChloeCaraCasey We all know that supervision can shape doctoral students’ experiences, but are supervisors to blame for the increased prevalence of mental health problems in …