Teaching your students to trust themselves

This is an anonymous post from a ‘failed’ PGR, now working in researcher development at a UK University. Part of their role is supporting supervisors and PGRs navigating the process and complexities of a supervisor/supervisee relationship. Photo by Siora Photography on Unsplash When it comes to my ‘failure’ as a PGR it is difficult to know where to …

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. …

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 …

Supervision: the balance between support and autonomy

This is a guest post by Chloe Casey, Postgraduate Researcher at Bournemouth University whose own PhD is investigating the role of supervision in PhD student mental health. She Tweets as @ChloeCaraCasey We all know that supervision can shape doctoral students’ experiences, but are supervisors to blame for the increased prevalence of mental health problems in …

the yule blog collection

Happy holidays supervision fans! Here are the last three years' top 12 posts presented for your festive enjoyment. 12. What of person-centred PhD supervision? 11. to increase PhD student satisfaction, recruit academic supervisors who contribute positively to the departmental culture 10. the power of peer support 9. ally with your stressed students 8. stop reacting, and start supervising with intention …

stop reacting, and start supervising with intention

This is a guest post from Anna O’Connell, higher education consultant and Master Facilitator for the National Research Mentoring Network and Center for Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research. Connect with Anna on Twitter at @annaboconnell or through her website. Image from https://broadlygenderphotos.vice.com/#Work Supervising PhD students can be deeply rewarding, but it comes with many challenges even for the most experienced …

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 …