Teaching & Learning


Inclusive Supervision, 17 May (online)

17 May 2023, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm

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UCL's Arena Centre delivers this session, which is open to all new and existing research supervisors. Recent research by Wellcome (2020) explored what researchers think about the cultures they work in and recommended cultures and environments that promote creativity, inclusion and integrity. This session explores inclusive approaches to supervisory practice, focusing on communication, trust, belonging and advocacy. We will explore case studies and discuss our own areas of best practice, as well as reflecting on strategies for supporting our own wellbeing and healthy working practices.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

UCL staff






UCL Arena Centre
+44 20 7907 4625


This event will take place online.
Details and registration will be sent to you.
United Kingdom

Wednesday 17 May 2023, 14:00 - 16:00 (online)

In this workshop we will aim to address: 

  • Effective communication & building trust
  • Ways to set and manage expectations
  • Ways we acknowledge, value and support different cultures, beliefs and backgrounds in the research environment
  • The impact of sense of belonging on researchers’ wellbeing, attainment, retention and progression 
  • The importance of co-creating and using group values to create and contribute to a positive research culture
  • The importance of supervisor wellbeing and work-life balance

Participants who have completed this course/session will be able to:

  • Reflect on their own background, values, experience and philosophy of supervision in order to enhance their supervisory practice
  • Practice strategies to build trust in the supervisory relationship, including creating opportunities to develop a shared understanding of expectations between supervisors and students
  • Support research students' responsibilities beyond the project
  • Articulate some of the ways in which students’ different cultures, beliefs and backgrounds can inform different supervisory approaches and conversations  


  • Although there are no prerequisites for this workshop, we would like to draw your attention to the mandatory training requirements for doctoral supervision which you can find out more about on our research supervision training and development web page. 

Who should attend

Research supervisors, mid career, education leaders.