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 …

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. …

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 …

stop reacting, and start supervising with intention

This is a guest post from Anna O’Connell, higher education consultant and Master Facilitator for the National Research Mentoring Network and Center for Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research. Connect with Anna on Twitter at @annaboconnell or through her website. Image from https://broadlygenderphotos.vice.com/#Work Supervising PhD students can be deeply rewarding, but it comes with many challenges even for the most experienced …

developing staff for the six phases of the postgraduate supervision journey

This is a guest post by Dr Duncan Cross, and Dr Julie Prescott, Academic Developers from the University of Bolton. Julie and I (Duncan) started working together in 2015 on teaching and learning projects, including a HEFCE catalyst fund, which led to us working together on doctoral supervision teams.  Julie is a Psychology researcher by …

the salient struggles of the ‘newcomer’ supervisor

This is a guest post from Professor Jeanette Maritz (@JeanetteMaritz), Department of Health Studies, and Professor Paul Prinsloo, College of Economic and Management Sciences, both at the University of South Africa. Paul and I (Jeanette) both entered academia late after a rather nomadic professional life. Paul was a minister and later entered higher education as …