Upcoming Research Supervisor Development opportunities

View some of our upcoming opportunities for research degree supervisors

Book your place via the Staff Development page

Supporting your Student through RDB1 

Prof. Eleanor Bradley and Helen Tabinor

29th November, 12:15-14:15

The workshop is organised into two parts. The Research School Manager will run through the essential procedural and regulatory side of the RDB1 process. Prof Eleanor Bradley (a Health Psychologist from the Institute of Health and Society and MPhil/PhD Course Leader for her Institute) will then talk, from her experience of being a research degree supervisor, RDB1 expert reviewer and research degree examiner, about how to approach the completion of Section 4 of the RDB1 form ‘The Research Proposal’. During this session, we will also discuss how the student engages with and responds to the expert reviews and share some good examples from previous students.

There will be plenty of opportunity for you to ask questions about any aspect of the RDB process during the session.


Supervising Part-time Students

Dr Lynn Nichol

11th March, 12:15-14:15

More than half of all doctoral students in the University study part-time. Part-time students have particular pressures and issues that do not affect full-time students in the same way, for example financial pressures, committing up to six years to a doctorate and employment demands can sometimes mean that the supervision of part-time students can at times be more demanding than that of full-timers. The aim of this workshop is to identify the issues and challenges of supervising part-time students and to explore good practice in addressing these challenges. The workshop will consider the expectations, challenges and opportunities of supervision from the perspective of both the supervisor and the research student. It will then provide an opportunity to share good practice and learn from the experience of colleagues in different parts of the University. This workshop is aimed those who currently supervise part-time students registered for an MPhil, PhD or a Professional Doctorate, as well as those who may be supervising a part-time student in the future.


Supporting your Research Student’s Application for Ethical Approval

Dr Bere Mahoney

27th February, 12:15-14:15


Working as a Supervisory Team

Prof. Eleanor Bradley and prof. Lisa Jones

27th March, 10-12:30


Introduction to Research Supervision @Worcester

Helen Tabinor and Dr John-Paul Wilson

The Research Degree Supervisor Training is a half day training session designed for those new to research degree supervision or new to research degree supervision at Worcester. The session includes a mixture of interactive workshops, some focussed on regulatory and procedural matters relating to the research degree programme at Worcester and others focussed on supervisory methods and practice.

Lunch will be provided!

Date: 14th January
Time: 9:15-13:15

Date: 24th June
Time: 9:15-13:15


Refresher Training for Research Supervisors

Helen Tabinor 

All current, active research degree supervisors on the Register of Approved Supervisors are required to attend Refresher Supervisor Training once every 3 years. The date that this training is due will be calculated from the date you originally attended Research Supervisor Training. Refresher training is an informal session where we refresh some of the core regulations and look at key changes that have been made to research degree regulations and procedures over the last 3 years. At the end of this session is an opportunity for you to share your own personal experiences of supervision and to reflect on areas that could benefit from change in the future.

Remaining dates for 2018/19 academic year, both at 12:15-13:45:

  • 28th February
  • 17th June

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