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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:

  • Organise 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.

  • Publish a Research Degree Supervisor Handbook each year with up-to-date information regarding university regulations and codes of practice (2017-18 version available from October 2017).

  • Provide 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

 


 

Event Highlight

CHASE Supervisor Seminar
Tuesday 7 November, 12:30-15:30 | Birkbeck, University of London

 
Drawing from the findings of  One Size Does Not Fit All (2017), a report on the professional development of Arts and Humanities doctoral and early career researchers, this interactive workshop, will explore the relationship between researcher development and supervisory practice.

We are keen to foster discussion and reflection of this report across CHASE and invite all supervisors at CHASE institutions. This will include a networking lunch; a short briefing on CHASE studentship funding; and a discussion session on supervision in the arts and humanities facilitated by the author of the report, Marie-Alix Thouaille (a CHASE-funded doctoral researcher at the University of East Anglia).
 
The discussion session will consider the following questions:
 
What does doctoral researcher development look like in the Arts and Humanities?
What barriers to development do doctoral researchers encounter?
What role do supervisors play in doctoral researcher development?
What barriers do supervisors encounter in this area?

 

If you would like to attend, please email enquiries@chase.ac.uk 

 


 

Additional Resources

External:

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.

UK Council for Graduate Education Supervisors Network

The Postgraduate Research Supervision Network warmly invites new colleagues to join its community. Supervisors of any postgraduate research award and colleagues who supports 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.

Internal:

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:

Supervisor Handbook (2016-17)

Please check back for the updated 2017-18 Research Degree Supervisor handbook that will be available in October 2017.

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.

 

 


 

Supervisor Sessions 2017-18

 

Canterbury

16 November 2017

Canterbury

6 December 2017

Medway

9 January 2018

Canterbury

26 March 2018


Canterbury

 

Introduction to Mentoring Skills for Researchers

16th November 201(14.00 - 17.00) | Graduate School Training Room (Cornwallis East, 3rd floor)

The Graduate School will be running a workshop on ‘Introduction to Mentoring Skills for Researchers’ on 16 November between 2pm and 5pm.  The workshop is aimed at supervisors and early career researchers who would like to enhance their skills in supporting others, and would be particularly valuable for those who are aspiring to undertake leadership positions.  More information is available on the attached outline.

We will also be launching a mentoring scheme for our early careers researchers to mentor PGRs, and we are looking for volunteers to contribute to the scheme and help run themed sessions. 

Please register your interest for the workshop and the mentoring scheme with Jo Collins at j.p.collins@kent.ac.uk.

We look forward to hearing from you!


The Effective Research Supervisor Briefing

6th December 201(12.00 - 17.00) | Graduate School Training Room (Cornwallis East, 3rd floor)

Suitable for both new and experienced research degree supervisors, this session will be split into two parts: it will offer a briefing on university regulations whilst also exploring how to cultivate skill and independence in your research students. The first portion will be delivered by Dr Fragkiskos Filippaios, Associate Dean (Graduate Studies) and Suzie Morris, Graduate School Administration Manager. They will provide guidance on the responsibilities of the research supervisor role and cover key information from the University’s Code of Practice for Research Programmes of Study.

The second part will be led by Dr Steve Hutchinson, Director of Hutchinson Training and Development Ltd. This portion will not take a rules-and-regulations approach to supervision or attempt to instruct supervisors in one particular way of managing the complex supervisory relationship. Rather, it is designed to help supervisors build the skills of their students so as to develop them into independent and motivated researchers. [Download the workshop summary for Steve Hutchinson's portion of the session]

Lunch and tea/coffee will be provided. Please email Grace Grussenmeyer at graduateschool@kent.ac.uk to register and advise if you have any dietary requirements.


 

The Effective Research Supervisor Briefing

(This is a repeat of the December and January sessions)

26th March 2018 (12.00 - 17.00) | Graduate School Training Room (Cornwallis East, 3rd floor)

Suitable for both new and experienced research degree supervisors, this session will be split into two parts: it will offer a briefing on university regulations whilst also exploring how to cultivate skill and independence in your research students. The first portion will be delivered by Dr Fragkiskos Filippaios, Associate Dean (Graduate Studies) and Suzie Morris, Graduate School Administration Manager. They will provide guidance on the responsibilities of the research supervisor role and cover key information from the University’s Code of Practice for Research Programmes of Study.

The second part will be led by Dr Steve Hutchinson, Director of Hutchinson Training and Development Ltd. This portion will not take a rules-and-regulations approach to supervision or attempt to instruct supervisors in one particular way of managing the complex supervisory relationship. Rather, it is designed to help supervisors build the skills of their students so as to develop them into independent and motivated researchers. [Download the workshop summary for Steve Hutchinson's portion of the session]

Lunch and tea/coffee will be provided. Please email Grace Grussenmeyer at graduateschool@kent.ac.uk to register and advise if you have any dietary requirements.

 

 

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Last Updated: 13/10/2017