Community Acuity (22): ‘flying solo’ and failing miserably, recognising our limitations

’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. Photo by Aral Tasher on Unsplash I have been in two examining teams (two external examiners in each as per institutional rules) which failed doctoral candidates in different subject areas …

Community Acuity (21): working through transitions to support confidence and clarity

’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 Peter Hartley, Independent Educational Consultant, Visiting Professor at Edge Hill University and National Teaching Fellow. Michelle Morgan delivered an inspiring keynote at the November 2019 SEDA Conference. …

Community Acuity (20) What of person-centred PhD supervision?

‘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 Russell Delderfield, Psychologist at the University of Bradford and Visiting Lecturer at King’s College London. Photo by Joshua Ness on Unsplash I would not have guessed it at the beginning …

Community Acuity (19): a return to (lifelong?) learning

‘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 David Mathew, a doctoral supervisor for the Open University.  Now that I approach the end of my first year of undertaking the responsibility of doctoral …

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 …

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 …