Supervisor Workshops

These optional CPD sessions are open to Supervisors from any College (unless specifically indicated). They are intended to support staff who are supervising research students either in a formal capacity or informal mentoring (e.g. postdoctoral researchers).  Please book a space using the HR Core system (login to core, navigate to 'learning and development', 'book a course' and search using the keyword 'PhD').

Contact Elizabeth Adams if you have any questions about the sessions or suggestions for future workshops. 

 

Supporting PhD Students with their writing

Date: 25th October 2019, 10-11.30
Venue: PGR Training Room, 11 Professors' Square
Tutor:
Jennifer Boyle, PGR Writing Adviser

This session will cover how you can support your student in developing a positive and productive writing practice. It will discuss common difficulties encountered by students, and the strategies that you might employ in helping them tackle these. It will also signpost the support and resources currently available to your students.


Supporting PhD students with professional and career development

Date: 12th November 2019, 11-12.30
Venue: Kelvin Room, 11 Professors' Square 
Speakers: Richard Marshall, Researcher Development Officer, Katrina Gardner, Careers Adviser for Researchers and Dickon Copsey, College of Social Sciences Employability Manager

How to have productive conversations with your students about their professional and career development. Where do our PhD Graduates typically go post PhD and what support does the University provide to help them develop skills that will be of use both in their PhD and in their next steps?


Supporting your PhD students with their wellbeing

Date: 25th November 2019, 11-12.30
Venue: 
PGR Training Room, 11 Professors' Square
Speaker:
Mary Beth Kneafsey, PGR Strategy Manager

We will discuss recent work undertaken across the HE sector on the issues facing research students (and their supervisors) which may have a negative impact on mental health and wellbeing. The session will signpost to information, resources and support services and there will be an opportunity to discuss specific concerns or issues.


Supporting your PhD students with their work-life balance

Date: 5th December 2019, 10.30-12.00
Venue: PGR Training Room, 1st floor, 11 Professors' Square
Speaker: Elizabeth Adams, Researcher Development Manager

This session will cover how you can support and promote a healthy working culture when talking to your PhD students. It will include practical strategies, discussion, tips and signposting to resources. We hope the session will be useful to you when thinking about your own work-life balance as well as to your students.


Research Integrity and PhD supervision

Date: 15th January 2020, 2-3.30pm
Venue: Kelvin Room, 11 Professors' Square
Tutor: Sam Oakley, Researcher Development and Integrity Specialist

This session will cover recent developments with research integrity: both local and global.
â—†Refresher: an outline tour of the mandatory session delivered to PGR students
â—†Reflection & practical guidance:
          -Issues specific to supervision and support available
          -How Supervisors can support research integrity: Best Practice and strategies


Supervising PhD students at a distance

Date: 22nd January 2020, 10.30-12.00
Venue: Training Room 332, 1st floor, 11 Professors' Square
Speaker: Sam Oakley, Researcher Development and Integrity Specialist and supervisors with experience in this area

This session will explore the benefits and challenges of supervising research students at a distance, including: setting expectations, roles and responsibilities; use of technology; how can we make someone feel part of a research community when they're working remotely? 


Supervising interdisciplinary PhD students

Date: 11th March 2020, 14.00-15.30
Venue: PGR Training Room, 1st floor, 11 Professors' Square
Speakers: Sam Oakley, Researcher Development and Integrity Specialist and supervisors with experience in this area

This session will explore ways to overcome the challenges for both supervisors and their students who are undertaking interdisciplinary doctoral research.

 


Coaching skills for PhD supervisors

Date: 5th February 2020, 9.30-12.30
Venue: PGR Training Room, 1st floor, 11 Professors' Square
Tutor: Robin Henderson, My Consultants

Learn and practice key coaching skills to improve your working relationship with your research students, help them with setting goals and priorities and growing in confidence to become a more independent researcher.


Conflict & difficult conversations for PhD supervisors

Date: 3rd March 2020, 13.30-16.30
Venue: PGR Training Room, 1st floor, 11 Professors' Square
Tutor: Robin Henderson, My Consultants

This session will cover tools and processes to help you make sure that Supervisory discussions are as productive as possible. Participants will:

  • discuss some of the key challenges which are unique to PGR supervision.
  • consider effective methods of building rapport and positively influencing behaviour.
  • identify the most appropriate techniques to give negative feedback or challenge difficult behaviour.
  • recognise how your behaviour impacts others and practise the communication skills required to defuse difficult situations.

 


Supervising PhD students with industry (in the sciences)

Date: 31 October 2019, 11-12.30
Venue: 114 Western Infirmary Lecture Theatre
Speakers: Industry and academic speakers; current PGR supervised by industry

This workshop will explore the challenges and benefits of co-supervision with an industrial partner, taking into account issues such as intellectual property and potential conflicts of interest. Participants will hear from academic and industry supervisors, as well as the student perspective on how to set up an effective collaboration, making sure roles and responsibilities are clear and how to make things work in practice.