What support do international graduate teaching assistants need?

This is a guest post from Dr Jo Collins, Postgraduate Development Advisor, University of Kent. Photo by redcharlie on Unsplash As part of a University of Kent Review of Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs), we ran a survey which gathered data from 44% of our GTAs. The survey highlighted three key findings: International postgraduate students (those who require a Tier …

Why universities ought to prioritise development programs for experienced supervisors

This is a guest post by Gitte Wichmann-Hansen, Associate Professor and Educational Developer at Aarhus University in Denmark. She recently published an article on the challenges and value of development programs for experienced doctoral supervisors. The article was co-published with her Danish colleague Mirjam Godskesen (Independent Consultant) and international collaborator Margaret Kiley (Australian National University). You can find the whole …

The invisible Others: stories of international doctoral student dropout

This is a guest post jointly written by Melissa Laufer and Meta Gorup, doctoral candidates at the Centre for Higher Education Governance Ghent at Ghent University in Belgium. Together, they explored the dropout experiences of international doctoral students and the factors that contributed to the discontinuation of their studies. The full article, ‘The invisible Others: …

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 …

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 …

what do we really know about PhD mental health, and how can this support our students?

This is a guest post from Dr Sylvia Anne Mackie, Lecturer in Research Communication at Swinburne University of Technology, and is based on her published work reviewing the available research into the mental health of PhD candidates. Photo by Neil Thomas on Unsplash There have been a number of recent research articles, and even more journalistic opinions shared  about the experiences of PhD …

PhDs’ career strategies – a game theory informed analysis

This is a guest post by Dr Sally Hancock, Lecturer at the University of York, and is based on her published work using the principles of game theory to examine the career strategies of doctoral scientists. Photo by Alvaro Reyes on Unsplash Across the world, governments are united in the belief that prosperous economies rely upon the creation, application and dissemination …