to increase PhD student satisfaction, recruit academic supervisors who contribute positively to the departmental culture

This is a guest post by Dr Florence Phua, Associate Professor in the School of Construction Management and Engineering at the University of Reading. It draws on her and her co-authors recent research into the determinants of PhD student satisfaction, and the role of the supervisor in context in providing that satisfaction. The full published …

publishing during candidature: advice from candidates to supervisors

This is a guest post by Dr Shannon Mason Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at Nagasaki University and Dr Margaret Merga, Senior Lecturer at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. It presents the learning for supervisors drawn from some of their recent research into doctoral publishing. Follow their research in the space of publishing in …

coaching PhD researchers supports their sense of progress, and reduces intention to quit.

This blog post is written by two Danish researchers and academic developers, Mirjam Godskesen, affiliated with Aalborg University, and Sofie Kobayashi, affiliated with the University of Copenhagen. Both work as private consultants, coaches, and teachers and researchers in higher education. Based on a project on coaching PhD students at Danish universities, they studied the effects …

protecting supervisors who respond to the mental health and wellbeing needs of international research students.

Photo by Ian Espinosa on Unsplash There is evidence that international doctoral students are more vulnerable to study-related stress in the course of their candidacy. Our project asks how this amplified stress may also have an impact on those who closely support them? The study defines a unique set of stress triggers for the supervisors of international PGRs …

PGR Peer-Mentoring can’t compensate for poor supervision

Making sense of PhD learning experiences, and understanding the ’norms’ of research can be enabled by supportive peer cohorts and communities, good supervision relationships and recent research has mapped a wider set of ‘meaningful others’ interplaying across doctoral support networks. Peer-to-peer mentoring models in many different contexts can provide good longitudinal support for engaged individuals and so peer-mentoring …