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30 August 2013

The UCL Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching (CALT) and the UCL Graduate School have increased the amount of training available to PhD supervisors.

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All* University of London staff supervising UCL students on PhDs are required to attend a two-hour briefing entitled ‘An introduction to research student supervision at UCL’, and due to the high level of demand an extra session has been added to the 2013-2014 academic calendar.

The briefing includes details on UCL’s regulations and code of practice, Graduate School support, UCL procedures, skills development requirements, the research student log, and factors for successful supervision.

Sessions will run on the following dates:

  • Monday 16 September 2013, 10am-12pm
  • Wednesday 15 January 2014, 2pm-4pm
  • Wednesday 14 May 2014, 10am-12pm

If you would like to attend a briefing, you will need to reserve a place via the Single Training Booking System (STBS).

The introductory briefing is the first in a three-part training series for PhD supervisors (although only the briefing is compulsory). The second stage of training is a full-day workshop entitled ‘Effective research student supervision at UCL’, run by Professor John Wakeford and aimed at everyone from first-time to highly experienced supervisors.

The course enables participants to learn new skills and generate insights and inspiration through teamwork and engagement. Drawing on narratives from doctoral candidates and supervisors (some of which can be read on the PhD diaries page), the group will discuss challenges faced in different parts of UCL and participants are also given the opportunity to talk about issues that concern them personally.

‘Effective research student supervision at UCL’ is a full-day workshop running from 9.30am-5.15pm, and the dates for the 2013-2014 academic year are:

  • Monday 16 December 2013
  • Friday 20 December 2013
  • Wednesday 8 January 2014
  • Friday 24 January 2014
  • Friday 14 February 2014
  • Wednesday 11 June 2014
  • Tuesday 17 June 2014

Again, places must be booked in advance using the STBS.

The third training course available to PhD supervisors is ‘An introduction to examining research doctorates’, a half-day session looking at the main issues involved in examining research degrees. Primarily aimed at those new to this aspect of teaching, the course allows participants to discuss the examination of doctorates using case studies.

‘An introduction to examining research doctorates’ was successfully piloted last year and will be running on five dates in 2013-2014, with all sessions running from 2pm-5.30pm. The dates are:

  • Thursday 28 November 2013
  • Thursday 16 January 2014
  • Thursday 13 February 2014
  • Tuesday 6 May 2014
  • Thursday 5 June 2014

Places should be reserved using the STBS.

*Excludes those who have successfully supervised at least one UCL PhD student to completion within the last five years.

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