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 …

Community Acuity (34): How do you supervise part-time doctoral researchers?

This is a guest post by Dr Louise Harris (@Dr_Weez) an audiovisual composer and Senior Lecturer in Sonic and Audiovisual Practices at the University of Glasgow, where she supervises a number of doctoral researchers, many of whom choose to study part time, for a range of different reasons.  In this video, she shares her reflections …

The home: a complex location for doctoral carers

This is a guest post by Dr James Burford (@jiaburford), Lecturer at La Trobe University, and Co-Founder of the Conference Inference blog, which discusses the role and meaning of academic conferences. In this post James argues that space and care responsibilities are important factors that shape the conditions for doctoral education and discusses the role supervisors can play in …

Community Acuity (33): Crossing international borders, potential for confusion

This is a guest post by Kristina Areskoug Josefsson, Professor in Public Health and Rehabilitation, VID Specialized University, Norway & Associate Professor in Quality Improvement and Leadership in Health and Welfare, Jonkoping University, Sweden and Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway. After being a PhD-supervisor a couple of years in Sweden and Denmark, and now working in …

Community Acuity (32): Lead by example and take time off!

Michael Gratzke is Professor of comparative literature at the University of Dundee and the Director of the Doctoral Academy  Recent conversations on Twitter have brought up a lot of reports of bad practice in PGR supervision with regards to working hours, workloads and communicating expectations to supervisees explicitly and implicitly.  We can shake our heads …

A space free from the many pressures and distractions of mid-life and mid-career

This is a guest post by Professor Dan Davies, Director of Higher Education Management Programmes, University of Bath School of Management. The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in Higher Education Management at the University of Bath is now in its 20th year. Attracting academic and professional services managers and leaders from around the world, we now have …

PhD Supervision: now you see it, now you don’t

By Dr Kay Guccione I was absolutely overjoyed to be invited to give the opening keynote presentation at the 2020 Researcher Education & Development Scholarship conference, as the meeting theme was 'What is supervision now?' The conference asked what ideas, research, development initiatives, or institutional structures are needed to enable supervisors to perform their role …