supervising research writing: encouraging group development

This post is by Cally Guerin, senior lecturer at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. She is a co-editor of the DoctoralWriting Blog.  Recently I was involved in a research project aimed at scoping the range and variety of supervisor development programs offered by centralised academic development units in Australian universities. The research uncovered what …

encouraging robust scholars: how can we encourage students to critically give and receive?

This is a guest post from Dr Steve Hutchinson, a freelance consultant and author on doctoral development and supervision. Let’s start with two quotes taken from a book called Enhancing the Doctoral Experience. Both quotes are from research students and they highlight a common ingredient in the challenge of growing as a researcher. “My supervisor is critical …

Community Acuity (4): leading and following: a dance of equals

‘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 post is by Cristina Devecchi (@dmc_devecchi) Associate Professor in Education, University of Northampton. There has been much written on leadership and followership. Little, however, has been written on how either of …

Community Acuity (3): taking the ‘super’ out of supervisor

‘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 post is by Tamara Hervey, Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Law, University of Sheffield. Tamara's own blog is here. I don’t recall too much about being a PhD student. It …

the importance of creating a nurturing and creative research culture for you and your PhD students

This post is by Dr Rachel Cowen who is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester. She specialises in creating and delivering researcher and academic development programmes nationally and internationally. Researchers often liken their research experiences to the famous Thomas Edison quote about genius suggesting success is “one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration”. Particularly …

Community Acuity (2): kindness and tough love: interacting with international students

‘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 post is by Dely Elliot, Lecturer in Education (Creativity Culture and Faith), University of Glasgow. I am inspired by articles that I have read as well as a few events that I …

designing self-care into the doctorate

Re-posted (and updated in September 2019) with permission from my original post on The Supervision Whisperers' blog @superwhisperer. Discussion of academic workloads, measurement culture, and the impact of stress on mental health, and wellbeing has seen some recent and well deserved attention. Many of us have known in an uncoordinated, experiential, day-to-day way about academic strain and stress for a while, through doing, supervising, or supporting research …

Community Acuity (1): the sympathetic supervision of international students

'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 post is by Jane Plastow, Professor of African Theatre, University of Leeds.  I get a lot of international students, most are from Africa because I work mainly in the area of African …