Developing a pedagogical space for novice supervisors

This is a guest post by Dr Matthew Sillence, Lecturer in Postgraduate Education and Training, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of East Anglia. Matthew teaches on the Masters in Higher Education Practice. The University of East Anglia has run a Masters in Higher Education Practice (MA HEP) for many years. This provides a route …

Focusing on the supervisor-student relationship through the practice of gratitude

This is a guest post by Dr Kerry Howells, Senior Lecturer in Curriculum and Pedagogy, a the University of Tasmania. Here is her professional website, with links to her book, blog and resources. The post below is based on her recently published paper on gratitude within supervision relationships. Photo by Lucas Lenzi on Unsplash A respectful and trusting …

what does ‘good supervision’ mean to you?

The SuperVisionaries ‘Name and Acclaim’ project* has opened again, deadline 10thJune at 5pm. The 2018 celebration of good supervision had 199 inspiring nominations - read Kay's reflections on the process here. We are asking, what good supervision means to you? This is a guest post by Eleni Routoula, PhD researcher in the dept of Chemical and …

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 (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 …

Community Acuity (10): ‘Question Club’ – postgraduate workshops

‘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 Ann Rowan is a Research Fellow in the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield. Our department runs weekly research seminars given by invited external speakers, as well as presentations throughout …

encouraging robust scholars: how can we encourage students to critically give and receive?

This is a guest post from Dr Steve Hutchinson, a freelance consultant and author on doctoral development and supervision. Let’s start with two quotes taken from a book called Enhancing the Doctoral Experience. Both quotes are from research students and they highlight a common ingredient in the challenge of growing as a researcher. “My supervisor is critical …

the importance of creating a nurturing and creative research culture for you and your PhD students

This post is by Dr Rachel Cowen who is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester. She specialises in creating and delivering researcher and academic development programmes nationally and internationally. Researchers often liken their research experiences to the famous Thomas Edison quote about genius suggesting success is “one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration”. Particularly …

coaching myths and coaching legends

I teach professional practices in coaching and mentoring* in an education context and have developed some short workshops for academic supervisors and principal investigators that focus on the relational aspects of research leadership and use coaching techniques as the basis for conversations that help people develop their thinking and understanding. Coaching as a style of supervision, is about …