how can supervisors help doctoral students to complete on time?

Shane Dowle is a PhD researcher at Royal Holloway and Head of Studentships and Programmes within the University of Surrey’s Doctoral College.  Taking on a new doctoral student is an exciting prospect for any academic. Three to four years of interesting research and a new intellectual partnership stretch out before you. Yet those years fly …

Community Acuity (18) Learning to supervise – a two-way conversation

‘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 Dr Rob Pilling, Thesis Mentor and Associate Supervisor, Chemical and Biological Engineering. As I waited to meet my first actual Thesis Mentee, I was conscious that they …

Trailblazers: Enabling ECRs to lead doctoral supervisory teams

This is a guest post by Dr Kieran Fenby-Hulse, Assistant Professor in Research Capability & Development at Coventry University. Experience of doing Research Supervision is essential to a researcher’s career development. Progression and interview panels, for academic roles, often expect some level of research supervision experience, with an increasing focus on acting as Lead/First Supervisor …

Community Acuity (17): Academic babysitting – what to expect when you’re expecting (to take on maternity cover)

‘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 from Dr Rob Moorehead, Research Technician (and previously acting Lecturer) in Dental Materials, University of Sheffield. A few years ago, the opportunity arose to cover an academic …

Community Acuity (16): It pays to be focused and specific when it comes to choosing a PhD topic

‘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. Dr Parveen Ali is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Sheffield. Entering into a PhD programme is a big commitment and certainly a step …