Community Acuity (33): Crossing international borders, potential for confusion

This is a guest post by Kristina Areskoug Josefsson, Professor in Public Health and Rehabilitation, VID Specialized University, Norway & Associate Professor in Quality Improvement and Leadership in Health and Welfare, Jonkoping University, Sweden and Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway. After being a PhD-supervisor a couple of years in Sweden and Denmark, and now working in …

Community Acuity (32): Lead by example and take time off!

Michael Gratzke is Professor of comparative literature at the University of Dundee and the Director of the Doctoral Academy  Recent conversations on Twitter have brought up a lot of reports of bad practice in PGR supervision with regards to working hours, workloads and communicating expectations to supervisees explicitly and implicitly.  We can shake our heads …

A space free from the many pressures and distractions of mid-life and mid-career

This is a guest post by Professor Dan Davies, Director of Higher Education Management Programmes, University of Bath School of Management. The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in Higher Education Management at the University of Bath is now in its 20th year. Attracting academic and professional services managers and leaders from around the world, we now have …

New book! Coaching and Mentoring for Academic Development

By Dr Kay Guccione My friend, colleague and co-author, Dr Steve Hutchinson and I have a new book just out: Coaching and Mentoring for Academic Development, published by Emerald in their Surviving and Thriving in Academia series. If you order here, from the Emerald bookstore, and use the code 'THRIVING' you'll get 30% off, making …

PhD Supervision: now you see it, now you don’t

By Dr Kay Guccione I was absolutely overjoyed to be invited to give the opening keynote presentation at the 2020 Researcher Education & Development Scholarship conference, as the meeting theme was 'What is supervision now?' The conference asked what ideas, research, development initiatives, or institutional structures are needed to enable supervisors to perform their role …

Supervision Selection Box!

By Kay Guccione, Blog Editor. Happy holidays supervision fans! Here below is your Christmas selection box. It’s the top 5 most read guest articles from 2020. The invisible Others: stories of international doctoral student dropout by Melissa Laufer and Meta Gorup, doctoral candidates at Ghent UniversityThe cost of academic mobility by Dr Cally Guerin, at The Australian National UniversityWomen …

Making space for the irrational dimensions of doctoral supervision pedagogy – and the importance of doing this early

This is a guest post by Dr Emily F. Henderson (@EmilyFrascatore), Associate Professor in the Department of Education Studies, University of Warwick.  Saying goodbye to my 1st PhD student, Xuemeng Cao, in a socially distanced manner. Photo by Bing Lu. As I was waiting for my first doctoral student to arrive at my university, I …

Developing PhD researchers’ supervisory skills as an antidote to pandemic frustrations

This is a guest post by Dr Abeer Hassan, Reader in Accounting at the University of the West of Scotland. Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash In this blog, I explain how in addition to supporting my PhD researchers mentally and emotionally during lockdown, I continued to support them to focus during this difficult time by enhancing their academic …