Upcoming Research Supervisor Development Workshops

View some of our upcoming opportunities for research degree supervisors

Book your place via the Staff Development page

Read more about our new Research Supervisor Development Programme here

The Doctoral Examination Process (PhD)

Prof. Nick Evans and Helen Tabinor 

12th February, 9:15-13:15

This workshop is designed for research degree supervisors wishing to join an MPhil, or PhD examination team at Worcester but is also popular with supervisors whose student is approaching examination, and for colleagues acting as research degree examiners at another UK HEI. The sessions combine information around the regulations and procedures associated with examining at MPhil and doctoral level with more interactive sessions around examining the thesis, asking the right questions etc.

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

Supporting your Research Student’s Application for Ethical Approval

Dr Bere Mahoney

27th February, 12:15-14:15

This session will focus on the University of Worcester ethical approval process and aims to debunk the mystique around achieving ethical approval. This will include using the Ethical Approval Form and review process as tools for developing a student’research proposal (e.g. RDB1) and enhancing its intellectual rigour, along with some ‘do’s and ‘don’ts’ for achieving ethical approval.

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.

The Doctoral Examination Process: Professional or Practice based Doctorate

Dr Lynn Nichol and Helen Tabinor

20th March, 9:15-12:15

This workshop is designed for research degree supervisors wishing to join a Professional or Practice based Doctorate examination team at Worcester. It will enable you to understand the scope, aims and potential contribution of work based doctoral work to inform supervisory practice, the examination of professional doctorates and the specific supervisory needs of experienced professionals undertaking research within their work setting.

Working as a Supervisory Team

Prof. Eleanor Bradley and Prof. Lisa Jones

27th March, 10-12:30

Many supervisors will supervise a research student as part of a supervisory team, typically comprising of 2, but often 3 supervisors. This workshop will focus on how to work effectively as a supervisory team, including: how to get the best out of supervisors, how to get the best out of students, negotiating team roles, resolving conflict and, the practicalities of effective team working.


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