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Guidance and Support for Supervisors

This page details the support and guidance available to Research Degree Supervisors at Kent.

 

Provision for Research Degree Supervisors at Kent

The Graduate School works to provide support and guidance for research degree supervisors in the following ways:

  • Organises Supervisor Sessions (see dates below) to take place throughout the year; these sessions provide supervisors with a brief on university regulations whilst offering support as they work to cultivate skill and independence in their research students.

  • Coordinates the UN813: Developing as a Research Degree Supervisor module in partnership with the Unit for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching. This module is convened by Dr Fragkiskos Filippaios, Associate Dean (Graduate Studies) and can be booked by contacting Suzie Westhead: S.Westhead@kent.ac.uk

  • Publishes a Research Degree Supervisor's Handbook each year with up-to-date information regarding university regulations and codes of practice.

  • Provides an informative list of resources for supervisors, highlighting the provision and guidance published by the UK Council for Graduate Education

    • The UKCGE hosts a Research Supervisors Network that aims to provide a forum for the discussion of good practice, to enable supervisors to support each other in enhancing their practice, and to encourage the dissemination of excellent practice.

    • The UKCGE has published a Research Supervisor's Bibliography - a resource for the Research Supervisor Network of the UK Council for Graduate Education. It is not intended to be a complete list of publications but an index of key references according to topics. More information below.

For more information about supervisor support, please contact graduateschool@kent.ac.uk


 

Additional Resources

Supervisor Handbook

Published by the Graduate School, the Research Degree Supervisor's handbook covers aspects of the postgraduate research student journey from recruitment and admissions through to supervision, progression monitoring, examination, graduation and career advice. It aims to keep supervisors up-to-date on university regulations and the support and guidance available to supervisors and their research students. Please request hard copies by emailing Grace Grussenmeyer at graduateschool@kent.ac.uk.

UN813: Developing as a Research Degree Supervisor

Convened by Dr Fragkiskos Filippaios, Associate Dean (Graduate Studies), this module offers supervisors, whether new to the role or more experienced, the opportunity to develop and enhance their understanding of the supervision process and their own supervisory skills. Participants will explore models of supervision, the policy and regulatory context, and the ways in which students can best be supported through the process of becoming, and being recognised as, independent researchers. Please visit the module webpage for full description and further information.

PGR Progression Monitoring and Supervisory Records on SDS User Documentation

This document provides a brief guide to the functionality of the postgraduate research student progression monitoring and supervisory screens on SDS. Click here to download the PDF guide document.

Resources for postgraduate researchers

Please direct your postgraduate research students to the Graduate School's Postgraduate Community page that highlights key opportunities available to postgraduates at Kent such as the:

Annex H: Supervision

Code of Practice for Quality Assurance for Research Programmes of Study.

Annex K: Progression Monitoring

Code of Practice for Quality Assurance for Research Programmes of Study.

In addition to the internal resources above, the Graduate School recommends the following external resources

UK Council for Graduate Education

The UK Council for Graduate Education is the leading independent representative body for postgraduate education in the UK. The Council is a membership organisation providing high quality leadership and support to members, to promote a strong and sustainable national postgraduate sector.

UKCGE Supervisors Network

The Postgraduate Research Supervision Network warmly invites new colleagues to join its community. Supervisors of any postgraduate research award and colleagues who support the supervision journey are welcome. Join the Supervisors Network here.

The Research Supervisor's Bibliography

This bibliography, compiled by Stan Taylor, is a resource for the Research Supervisor Network of the UK Council for Graduate Education. It is not intended to be a complete list of publications but an index of what, in his view, are the key references in the literature according to topics.

 


 

Supervisor Sessions 2018-19

Upcoming Sessions

All sessions are TBC with more information coming soon:

  • 14 November 2018 (Canterbury)

  • 6 February 2019 (Medway)

  • 6 March 2019 (Canterbury)

    Please email graduateschool@kent.ac.uk with any queries.

 

 

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Last Updated: 03/08/2018