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 …

Can we define research independence? Can we teach it?

By Dr Kay Guccione Photo by Simon Migaj on Unsplash The idea of becoming ‘independent’ through the course of the PhD journey, and indeed through the course of the academic career, is often explicitly stated in doctoral programme marketing materials or institutional policies. For example, the PGR Code of Practice of one research intensive university in the UK …

Supporting PGRs to navigate the Hidden Curriculum

By Dr Kay Guccione “The hidden curriculum in doctoral education comprises all unofficial mechanisms of learning that take place within and outwith academia. The hidden curriculum is recognised as genuine sites of learning that offer the potential to develop and support learners’ academic, personal, social and psychological needs. Whereas the starting point in the pursuit …

Part-time research students: recognising differing priorities and the need for connection

This is a guest post by Ros Beaumont, a Lecturer working in Academic and Researcher Development, at Newcastle University. Tweets @RosBeaumont. This article is presented with thanks to Dr Gail de Blaquiere and Hanh Pho. A tension exists between the individual endeavour of a student research project and the notion of being in a research community – the …

Three fundamental elements to PhD supervision: learning from self-determination theory

This is a guest post by Dr Suzanne Janssen, Assistant Professor at the University of Twente. She has studied mentoring practices in several organizational contexts.  The relationship between student and supervisor can make or break a PhD journey. And while many students are having an enjoyable and effective relationship with their supervisor, we all know the …

Women Advising Women: Supervising doctoral students into a culture of sacrifice

This is a guest post by Anna Fox, PhD researcher at University of Massachusetts  Amherst, and author of Women Advising Women: Supervising Doctoral Students into a Culture of Sacrifice Photo by Christina @ wocintechchat.com on Unsplash Many of us are familiar with phrases like ‘lean in’ and ‘have it all’ when it comes to women and success. Meant to inspire, …

Personal, social and disciplinary connectors: the part-time, long-haul supervisor

Dr Jon Rainford works on the margins between academic and professional services. He currently works as a freelance researcher, part-time lecturer and works with academics to develop their use of digital pedagogy. He tweets @jonrainford I was recently asked to write a blog with my ideas for success in part-time doctoral research over on the Patter blog …