Supervisor Development Programme 2018 -19

The schedule of sessions in this year’s programme to support the training of those involved in the supervision of postgraduate research has now been confirmed (see below). Additional and optional sessions will be added as and when they’re confirmed..

Previously, new supervisors were invited to take the Postgraduate Diploma in Higher and Professional Education: Research Supervision.

  • From now on there will be an annual programme of professional development seminars. This programme is not an award: there is no formal enrolment process, and no formal assessment.
  • The programme is intended to support everyone involved in the supervision of postgraduate research, including experienced supervisors.The regulatory framework for postgraduate research has changed substantially. In addition, the wider expectations around postgraduate research supervision are also changing, and we can all benefit from reviewing and refreshing our practice.

Those New to Supervision

In order to act as a Principal Supervisor, you must either have completed this programme of professional development, or have been part of a team that supervised a PhD student through to successful completion.

To complete this programme, you are required to:

  • register your intention to participate by emailing graduateschool@staffs.ac.uk
  • attend four ‘core’ seminars on aspects of postgraduate research supervision
  • submit a short plan outlining how you would present a professional development seminar on an aspect of postgraduate research supervision of your own choosing.

More Experienced Supervisors

You are strongly encouraged to attend at least one of the seminars offered in each academic year. In 2015, the University introduced a new set of regulations for postgraduate research degrees. You may therefore find it useful to attend the seminar addressed to the regulations and procedures – most especially those regarding the stages of progression review.

The Programme

The 2017-18 programme of ‘core’ seminars – which must be attended by all new supervisors wishing to become eligible to act as Principal Supervisor, is as follows. Additional ‘optional’ sessions and potentially re-runs of core sessions will be posted here as and when they’re confirmed.

All the seminars are open to all members of staff.

What is research supervision and why should I do it?
Wednesday 17th October, 14.00 – 16.00, L410

Approaches to research supervision
Wednesday 24th October, 14.00 – 16.00, T003/4

Regulations and Procedures for Research Degrees
Wednesday 31st October, 14.00 – 16.00, T003/4

The Viva Examination
Wednesday 7th November, 14.00 – 16.00, T003/4

For staff unable to make this autumn’s sessions, the core programme will be repeated In January and May 2019, as follows:

Wednesday 16th January, 10.00 – 12.00: What is research supervision and why should I do it? and 13.00 – 15.00: Approaches to Research Supervision (rooms TBC)

Thursday 17th January, 10.00 – 12.00: Regulations and Procedures for Research Degrees and 13.00 – 15.00: The Viva Examination (rooms TBC)

Wednesday 8th May, 10.00 – 12.00: What is research supervision and why should I do it? and 13.00 – 15.00: Approaches to Research Supervision (rooms TBC)

Thursday 9th May, 10.00 – 12.00: Regulations and Procedures for Research Degrees and 13.00 – 15.00: The Viva Examination (rooms TBC)

You can book your place on any or all of the sessions through the events calendar on IRIS or by emailing graduateschool@staffs.ac.uk