We worked with institutions to find out about support offered to staff who support research students.  This sometimes takes the form of resources delivered as part of a professional qualification, such as a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PgCAP). Where Graduate Schools exist, these are sometimes responsible for the delivery of such resources.


Videos


The University of Glasgow shared nine short videos used in their Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PgCAP). We are grateful to the University for giving us permission to share these videos.


Research supervisors

The videos feature research supervisors, from a range of disciplines, who discuss their approaches to supervision in the following contexts:


• Advice for new research supervisors
• Approaches to supervising
• Supervising staff
• Rewards of supervision
• Challenges of supervision
• Supervising international students
• Supervising part-time students
• Supervising distance learning students
• Enhancing students' career prospects


We produced two short films to complement those shared by the University of Glasgow.

Developing Effective Supervision Practice


The first video features principal investigators (individuals responsible for the administration of a research project and grant) based in clinical subjects at the University of Edinburgh.

Supporting Industry-Based Research Supervisors


In the second video, Rob Daley from Heriot-Watt University discusses the relationships between research students based in industry, their industry-based supervisors, and their academic institution.

Webinars


We organised two webinars aimed at staff who supervise research students.  We conducted a poll of potential topics to ensure that they would be relevant and useful. The topics selected for the webinar were:

  • Setting expectations: clarifying roles, preferences and working practices
  • Supporting your student to complete: some ideas about motivation and how to manage the thesis writing process.

These well-attended webinars were facilitated by Robin Henderson. Robin is a higher education consultant with a particular interest in leadership and management development, and supporting change management initiatives within research intensive universities.

Resources shared by institutions


We are grateful to the University of Dundee for giving permission to share a case study they use in their supervisor training.


Supporting Effective Practice in Postgraduate Supervision

Publication Date: 11 Apr 2018

This case study by the University of Dundee reflects on the different Phd student roles of the supervisor and research students. This case study was submitted as part of the Support for staff who supervise research students strand of the Focus On Postgraduate Student Research (PGR) Student Experience project.

Author: University of Dundee
Format: PDF
Size: 109 KB

Additionally, the University’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design brought to our attention the project Troublesome Encounters: Strategies for managing the wellbeing of Postgraduate Education students during their learning processes.


Among its outputs are wellbeing toolkits for research students and their supervisors. While these were produced with Education students in mind, they are likely to be of value to students and supervisors from all disciplines.