managing postgraduate research student expectations with ‘ICE’

This is a guest post by Dr Duncan Cross (PFHEA), Senior Lecturer (Education), University of Bolton.   There are a range of complexities involved in effectively supervising PhD candidates that are recognised in the literature. Delany’s (2008) literature review highlights some of those complexities as ‘significant predictors of candidate completion’ which includes demographic data around age, funding …

designing self-care into the doctorate

Re-posted (and updated in September 2019) with permission from my original post on The Supervision Whisperers' blog @superwhisperer. Discussion of academic workloads, measurement culture, and the impact of stress on mental health, and wellbeing has seen some recent and well deserved attention. Many of us have known in an uncoordinated, experiential, day-to-day way about academic strain and stress for a while, through doing, supervising, or supporting research …

spoon-feeding PhD students – extending the metaphor for supervisory practice

Every so often someone opens their mouth in a meeting and out tumbles “but we mustn’t ‘spoon-feed’ our PhD students – they have to be independent.” Recently, I’ve been wondering in some detail what’s behind this reaction, and how, in my role, I can interpret what this means for researcher and supervisor development. So if we …