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 …

Empowering researchers through ‘experienced uncertainty’

Ruth Albertyn and Kathy Bennett are both affiliated to Stellenbosch University in South Africa where they are involved in supervision and research development. Based on their research expertise in doctoral education and postgraduate supervision (Ruth) and experienced uncertainty and identity development (Kathy), they conducted a collaborative auto-ethnographic study to gain insight into the sources and …

Launching the Are You OK? supervisor toolkit

By Dr Kay Guccione I've been part of a fantastic research collaboration between the University of Glasgow, The University of Sheffield and Heriot Watt University. Our research has now completed and from our findings we have designed a toolkit for doctoral supervisors, that aims to enable good conversations around mental wellbeing and research degrees. Find …

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 …

Developing PhD researchers’ supervisory skills as an antidote to pandemic frustrations

This is a guest post by Dr Abeer Hassan, Reader in Accounting at the University of the West of Scotland. Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash In this blog, I explain how in addition to supporting my PhD researchers mentally and emotionally during lockdown, I continued to support them to focus during this difficult time by enhancing their academic …

Supervising LGBTQ+ doctoral researchers: ‘none of their business’?

This is a guest post by Dr Kieran Fenby-Hulse, Impact Manager at Teesside University and Dr Ross English, Doctoral College Manager at the University of Brighton  In 2019 we published the results of a survey of LGBTQ+ Doctoral Researchers studying in the UK. As would be expected, the responses revealed a range of perspectives and experiences, positive …

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. …

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: …

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 …