Being open to critique, transparent in your motives, and when needed, step out of the way

This is a guest post by Manuela Schmidt, currently working at Jönköping University and Linneaus University and Erika Hansson, of Kristianstad University. Manuela and Erika met during their respective doctoral programs. Manuela in health science and Erika in psychology. After reaching ‘the other side’, both with PhD’s after their names, they decided to ignore the …

The doctoral supervisor as methodological mentor: postgraduate methodological journeys

Dr Timothy Clark (@DrTimothyClark) is a Senior Lecturer, Supervisor and Researcher in Education and Childhood at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol). The selection, and coherent application, of methodological approach is often highlighted as one of the most challenging aspects of doctoral study. In my own experience, as an EdD student, the …

Trust grows when supervisors take the lead in online supervision

This is a guest post by Dr Michele Jacobsen, Dr Sharon Friesen, and Dr Sandra Becker, higher education specialists at the University of Calgary. The rapid and widespread pivot to online teaching and supervision in the pandemic has created a pressing need to improve understanding of effective online supervisory relationships. Our case study research with …

In Defence of History – the changing context for supervision

This is a guest post from Professor Alistair McCulloch, Head of Research Education, University of South Australia. Photo by Chris Lawton on Unsplash If Jane Austen had been writing about PhD supervision, she might well have begun her account: ‘It is a truth universally acknowledged that the PhD, and the expectations placed on both student and …

To support PGR wellbeing, focus on building a strong relationship

This is a guest post by the University of Lincoln’s Dr Trish Jackman(@Trish_Jackman), Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Trish has authored two recent papers on mental health and wellbeing in doctoral researchers, and is Principal Investigator on the Getting Off to a Mentally Healthy Start in Doctoral Study project. The piece below coheres around …

Changing the shape of Doctoral Supervision Training at Coventry University

This is a guest post by Nikki Harkin, Assistant Lecturer – Research Capability & Development at Coventry University. Nikki delivers the Doctoral Supervision Programme at Coventry University. The 'winds of change' as we adapt supervisor training for the contemporary context Coventry University are host to around 800 PGRs across 13 Research Centres. In September 2020, …

The unplanned but supported part-time DPsych experience – how to foster belonging and becoming in part time doctoral students

Dr Lindsey Burns is the Director of the Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology at GCU. Dr Richard Golsworthy is the Director of the Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at GCU, and Dr Paul McCarthy is the Director of the Professional Doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology at GCU. All three are HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologists and Chartered …

Is there an award for postdocs who supervise? Now there is!

By Dr Kay Guccione The pilot of the UKCGE Recognised Associate Supervisor Award has now launched! The Recognised Associate Supervisor Award is based on a the sector-approved UKCGE Good Supervisory Practice Framework, and provides guidance and a route to professional recognition for those early in their supervisory careers and those with informal supervisory roles. This …