Mental health and wellbeing of international doctoral students in the UK: An investigation of supervisors’ understanding and existing support provision
This research investigated how well supervisors understand the mental health and wellbeing of international doctoral students, and what support supervisors can provide given the seemingly poor levels of psychological wellbeing experienced by this group. Based on our recent engagements with HE stakeholders in supporting international doctoral students, a focus on supervisors’ role was strongly endorsed. We explored this timely but less explored area through: a) extant blog narratives on international supervision; and) b) in-depth creative interviews with experienced doctoral supervisors from UK HE institutions. With the breadth (whole UK), depth, and complementarity of textual and visual data, findings yielded evidence-based understanding and inform the development of interventions and an invaluable training package tailored to supervisors of international doctoral students.
PI and Co-Is
PI: Dr Chris Blackmore, Senior University Teacher, University of Sheffield
Co-Is: Dr Dely L Elliot, Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow, School of Education
Dr Rob Daley (Advisory role) Academic Developer, Heriot-Watt University
Dr Kay Guccione (Advisory role) Mentoring and Coaching Consultant, University of Sheffield
Start and End Date
October 2018 to July 2019
Funder and Funding Amount
UK Council for International Student Affairs - £10,000
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