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Research supervision at UCL

The UCL Doctoral School and UCL Arena Centre for Research-based Education can support you in your supervision of research students through resources and courses.

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. 

PhD Diaries

These diaries act as a useful resource to help PhD supervisors discuss and find solutions to various scenarios presented in the diaries. They present experiences for students, supervisors and examiners involved in the PhD process.

Each diary comes with a list of questions to help guide them through the problem-solving process. Supervisors may also wish to share these diaries with students who are facing similar problems.

Read the diaries

Research supervision course dates 2017/18

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.

If you are interested in finding out aboue events tailored to the needs of your department, please email: arena@ucl.ac.uk.

The following courses are offered by the UCL Doctoral School and UCL Arena Centre for Research-based Education to support supervisors in their role:

An Introduction to Research Student Supervision
DateTime
Tuesday 10 October 1400 to 1600
Tuesday 23 January1400 to 1600
Wednesday 09 May 1400 to 1600

Please register via the Single Training Booking System

Session speakers:

Professor David Bogle - Pro-Provost of the Doctoral School
Dr Rochelle Rowe – Doctoral Skills Programme Manager 

Dr Sam Schmidt – Principle Teaching Fellow, UCL Arena Centre  

Course Outline:

This session is mandatory for all members of academic staff wishing to be appointed as Supervisors at UCL as well as new members of academic staff with experience of research supervision at other institutions. It is run by the Doctoral School and provides an introduction to UCL’s Regulations and Code of Practice; Doctoral School Support; UCL Procedures; Skills Development Requirements and Programme; Research Student Log; Factors for Successful Supervision; and Further Research Supervision Training.

Additional Information:

Please note that this course is a prerequisite to enrolment on all other courses about research supervision including the session Effective Research Supervision at UCL. 

Eligibility & Registration:

This workshop is available to academic staff at UCL, honorary staff, associate staff and intercollegiate staff from University of London and partnership organisations acting as Supervisors at UCL. 

If you are not employed by UCL and wish to register you must book your training as an External Candidate (this link will take you to the edit profile page for the Single Training Booking System, where you must register your details before you can register for the session).

Effective Research Student Supervision at UCL
DateTime
Tuesday 17 October0930 to 1715
Wednesday 22 November0930 to 1715
Thursday 25 January0930 to 1715
Friday 23 March0930 to 1715
Friday 18 May0930 to 1715
Tuesday 12 June0930 to 1715

Please register via the Single Training Booking System

Session Speakers:

Professor David Bogle - Pro-Provost of the Doctoral School
Mr Ben Colvill - Senior Executive Officer (Doctoral School)
Professor John Wakeford - Missenden Centre

Workshop outline:

John Wakeford will lead this intensive full-day workshop to enable new and experienced supervisors to learn new skills and generate insights and inspiration through teamwork and engagement.

Drawing on first hand narratives by doctoral candidates and supervisors we will share experiences and address challenges faced by supervisors in different disciplines at UCL. You will be invited to tell us in advance of any specific issues that concern you. 

Topics will include:

  • The key features of the modern doctorate
  • Supervisors’ roles and responsibilities
  • Ensuring the student’s work meets the standard required
  • Successful completion within the funded period

Now in its eighth year this workshop has received enthusiastic feedback from many UCL academic staff, and a special version tailored to the needs of an individual department can be provided on request.

Eligibility & Registration:

This workshop is available to academic staff at UCL, Honorary Staff, Associate Staff and Intercollegiate staff from University of London and partnership organisations acting as Supervisors at UCL. The course is not available to Research Assistants unless they are approved as research student supervisors. If you are not employed by UCL and wish to register you must book your training as an External Candidate by setting up a Profile on the Single Training Booking System (STBS).

Please note that you must have attended the briefing session 'An Introduction to Research Student Supervision at UCL' which is run by the Doctoral School (lasting 2 hours) as a prerequisite to attending this full-day workshop unless you have sufficient experience of supervising PhD students - this is defined as having been a Primary Supervisor for at least one student successfully completing their PhD in last five years.

 
 
Introduction to Examining Research Doctorates
DateTime
Tuesday 28 November0930 to 1230
Tuesday 06 February1400 to 1700
Monday 21 May 1400 to 1700

Please register via the Single Training Booking System

Session Speakers:

Professor David Bogle - Pro-Provost of the Doctoral School
Helen Notter - Head of Student Records, Registry and Academic Services

Workshop outline:

This half-day session workshop is run by the Doctoral School and provides an introduction to UCL's procedures and guidelines for examining research doctorates, as well as preparation for examining at other institutions.

The session will provide an overview of the main issues involved in examining research degrees successfully, together with an opportunity to consider case studies and discuss best practice. 

The session will be particularly relevant to academics who have not examined previously.

To enable more direct focus on issues which are specific to a discipline and to the departmental context, CALT liaises with Professor John Wakeford in order to run workshops for UCL staff. If you are interested in this option, please contact our Evaluation and Schools Officer Peter Phillips (peter.phillips@ucl.ac.uk).

John is an external consultant with more than 20 years’ experience of running workshops for research student Supervisors at universities across the UK.