Community Acuity (29): Don’t be a tyrant motherf*cker

‘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 Alejandro Pérez-de-Luque, at the Andalusian Institute for Research and Training in Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Ecological Production (IFAPA), in Spain. My general approach to supervision is centred on …

Community Acuity (28): learning what not to do as a supervisor

‘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 from a colleague in Canada. Photo by Dane Deaner on Unsplash A job interview for a Professor position finally came almost exactly one year after I’d graduated. The key question …

Learning from our supervision meetings: how experience should be valued

This is a guest post by Bing Lu (@BingluAlice), a doctoral researcher studying doctoral education and supervision practices, at the University of Warwick Experience is more often than not taken for granted by us in many situations. It makes our CV shine and conveys a sense of authority. On top of that, experience is a …

Community Acuity (27): keeping communications open during lockdown

‘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 Abeer Hassan, Reader in Accounting at the University of the West of Scotland. Image by StockSnap from Pixabay  Once the decision to enter lockdown because of Covid-19 was announced, …

Community Acuity (26): supervision at a distance, sometimes less is best

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 Rachel Shanks (@rshanks), in the School of Education at the University of Aberdeen I know that supervision at a distance can work, sometimes even by email …

Community Acuity (25): distinguish yourself as a supervisor by being kind

‘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 Paul Reilly (@PaulJReilly), Senior Lecturer in Social Media & Digital Society at the University of Sheffield. Meeting my PGRs in my office (or ideally the more …

Community Acuity (24): compassion and patience are equal partners

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 Colin Clark (@ProfColinClark) School of Education and Social Sciences, The University of the West of Scotland. Image by StockSnap from Pixabay  With more than 25 years experience of supervising …

Community Acuity (23): anticipating beautiful butterflies

‘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 Dely Lazarte Elliot (@DelyLElliot), Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow. Following a recent final review of viva corrections, in my supervisory role, my reflection on …

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, …