Doctoral Supervision

During 2016-17 Academic Staff Development are offering a series of workshops and a symposium on doctoral supervisory practices. These sessions focused around different themes related to Doctoral Supervision are an opportunity for all staff, new and experienced supervisors to share their experiences and raise questions about the topic. Before the sessions, links to relevant journal articles will be circulated to prompt discussion.

15 December 2016
The session will include: Information about the procedures surrounding thesis examination, identifying ‘doctorate-ness', identifying the differences between unacceptable, acceptable and outstanding theses, managing the viva and the outcome and how the supervisor can prepare the student for submission and the viva.    
11 January 2017
This session will address issues such as ‘how can co-supervisors manage the workload between them; how can we reconcile different views about research direction and scope and how can we effectively manage our time and relationships’.  The workshop will be largely case study and discussion based.
15 February 2017
This symposium is an opportunity for experienced and new supervisors to contribute and learn from other colleagues about their experiences and approaches to supervision.
21 March 2017
This session will look at different approaches to planning the recruitment process and managing interviews. We will look at case studies and create opportunities for discussion.  
08 May 2017
A series of case studies will enable frank and confidential discussion about issues that can trouble supervisors, these might include power imbalances, managing time, ethical conflicts, publication policies, working with demotivated candidates or candidates with other complex needs. 
30 May 2017
We look at recent employment practices and research on effective induction, what makes starting a doctorate particularly daunting? We also look at trends in the employment of doctoral candidates and how and when supervisors can best support their moving into employment.
June 2017
Distance/On-line Supervision
Supervision is increasingly carried out by email and skype etc.  We will enable discussion about the guidelines that make most effective use of this on-line space.  How can we detect and manage potential problems when a candidate is physically far away?
July 2017
Interdisciplinary and intercultural issues
We explore the issues that arise when working across disciplines: identifying appropriate approaches to validity, use of language, philosophical positions and communicating to different audiences.  We also discuss some of the perceptions that need to be surfaced to make working across cultures productive.  

We will be confirming dates for later sessions in the coming months and updated on the website and through emails. We look forward to seeing you at these sessions.