Teaching & Learning


The Multiple Roles of a Supervisor, 14 February 2024 (online)

14 February 2024, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm

Photograph of Desiree Dickerson from Dickerson et al

Supervision is a role many of us look forward to embracing. In this current academic system, however, where time is short and competition is everywhere, there are a number of pressures and challenges to navigate. Academic supervision is a relationship, and any relationship is built on trust, mutual respect and expectations. As a supervisor you are expected to fulfil many roles (e.g. mentor, coach, colleague).

This event is free.

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UCL Research, Innovation and Global Engagement (RIGE) in partnership with Workplace Health and Dickerson et al


This event will take place online.
Details and registration will be sent to you after you have fully registered via LearnUpon.
United Kingdom

Wednesday 14 February 2024, 14:00 - 15:30 (online)

In this webinar, we explore:

  • Reflection: Roles of supervisors (teacher, colleague, mentor, coach, …?) and roles we should avoid.
  • Clarifying & matching expectations towards supervision on both sides, communicating expectations clearly
  • Reflecting on one’s own preferred supervision or leadership style (long vs. short “leash”; freedom/independence vs. delivering timely results/accountability)
  • Getting to know different (learning, working) styles and needs (of both sides)

Workshop Series

This workshop is part of a pilot series commissioned by UCL Research, Innovation and Global Engagement (RIGE) in partnership with Workplace Health and Dickerson et al. 

The workshop series aims to equip supervisors with the tools to build psychological safety with their researchers, ensuring that they feel valued and recognised, and that their mental health and wellbeing are prioritised and supported.

About the tutor

Desiree Dickerson PhD (pictured) is a clinical psychologist who specialises in the mental health and well-being of academics and academic institutions. As a former postdoc in the neurosciences she now works globally with universities, lab groups, and academics in the pursuit of a healthier approach to research. 

Who should attend

UCL Supervisors