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UCL has a large and vigorous community of research students and of academic staff supervising their work (see UCL Registry for up-to-date numbers). UCL Doctoral School confirms that feedback from PhD students shows that the great majority are either satisfied or very satisfied with their experience of learning to carry out research under the guidance of an academic Supervisor.

Research student supervision is a core academic responsibility, requiring expertise in both teaching and research. As demonstrated by the positive feedback from its research students, UCL succeeds in providing research supervision of very high quality and this is in part due to the support framework available for academics who are responsible for research supervision. This webpage provides an overview of what is available.

The relationship between an academic Supervisor and a research student is a unique one, which evolves over several years to achieve a number of objectives:

  • To provide the student with a thorough grounding in all aspects of research within the context of an academic discipline;
  • To prepare the student for a range of careers;
  • To create a learning experience that is intellectually challenging and personally fulfilling within a stimulating and supportive environment;
  • To ensure that students are able to complete their PhD in a timely manner.

The nature of the relationship means that academic Supervisors deal with a range of situations requiring a sensitive and informed approach. The resources below are available to support them.

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Your Feedback

From time to time the UCL Doctoral School and CALT review the support available to research student supervisors. Please do not hesitate to contact us: Ben Colvill ben.colvill@ucl.ac.uk.