Graduate students’ motivations for (not) participating in development workshops

This is a guest post by Dr Eli Sætnan (@DrSaetnan), Senior Academic Developer at the University of Liverpool. Read her blog here, and read her latest paper, which this blog is based on, here. Photo by Rubén Rodriguez on Unsplash I am sitting in an empty classroom, ready for my next workshop to begin. Slides are loaded, …

Impostor Syndrome: When your accomplishments make you feel like a fraud!

This is a guest post by Assistant Prof. Devasmita Chakraverty, at the Ravi J. Matthai Centre for Educational Innovation, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. She focuses on understanding why highly accomplished people feel like impostors. If you have an impostor story, she would love to hear from you. You can connect with her on Twitter @DevasmitaTweets. See …

Supervision: the balance between support and autonomy

This is a guest post by Chloe Casey, Postgraduate Researcher at Bournemouth University whose own PhD is investigating the role of supervision in PhD student mental health. She Tweets as @ChloeCaraCasey We all know that supervision can shape doctoral students’ experiences, but are supervisors to blame for the increased prevalence of mental health problems in …

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 …

signposting a new article: Why are mental health problems elevated among graduate students?

I am linking to a new article by Dr Furaha Asani that should be of interest to supervisors. It concerns graduate student mental health and the experiences of marginalised people. Below is an excerpt from her article. Click here to read the original article on Editage Insights. The seminal article published in March, 2018 by Evans and …

protecting supervisors who respond to the mental health and wellbeing needs of international research students.

Photo by Ian Espinosa on Unsplash There is evidence that international doctoral students are more vulnerable to study-related stress in the course of their candidacy. Our project asks how this amplified stress may also have an impact on those who closely support them? The study defines a unique set of stress triggers for the supervisors of international PGRs …

Community Acuity (6): enabling discussion about students’ state of mind

‘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 Dr Paula Meth, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, University of Sheffield. This piece explores my personal views on fostering supervision that enables communication between supervisor and student …

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 …