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Research Supervisor Development Programme 2019-20

This is a programme jointly hosted and developed by the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies, Trinity College Dublin; Academic Practice & eLearning (APEL); and Graduate Studies, University College Dublin.


The aim of the programme is to prepare and support research staff in their roles as supervisors. It clarifies key institutional regulations and practices, and highlights the changing role of universities and supervisors in the area of graduate supervision. It discusses roles, expectations and responsibilities of the research supervisor, and acknowledges the challenges of research supervision and the accompanying examination process. The rationale is to support research supervisors to reflect on their supervision for both pedagogic and professional development reasons whilst cultivating scholarly exchange by encouraging supervisors from across the disciplines to share and critique dialogues about supervision.


This programme is targeted at research supervisors new to their role, from across the disciplines, as well as more experienced supervisors who wish to share and expand their knowledge and experience.

The Programme for 2019-20 will be advertised in December 2020.


Programme 2018-2019





Thursday 17th January 2019 College Regulations - Panel Discussion Regent House, Front Square, Trinity College 2-4
Friday 15th February 2019 Visiting Expert – Hugh Kearns (Flinders University, iThinkwell, Adelaide) UCD 2-4
Thursday 21st February 2019

Mental Health and Well being for Postgraduate Students

TBSI, Pearse St 2-4
Thursday 7th March 2019 Trends in Research Supervision Global Room 2-4
Friday 15th March 2019 Attracting the ‘Right’ Candidate & Developing a Supervision Plan UCD 2-4:30
Thursday 28th March 2019 Supervising the Clinical Postgraduate Scholar RCSI 2-4
Friday 12th April 2019 Navigating Supervisory Styles, Roles and Responsibilities UCD 2-4:30
Friday 26th April 2019 Enhancing the Research Student’s Skills Base UCD 2-4:30
Friday 10th May 2019 Building Resilience and Supporting Wellbeing UCD 2-4:30
Friday 17th May 2019 Avoiding Common Pitfalls - visiting expert UCD 2-4


Other events on Supervision





Fri 1st February 2019

Research Supervisor Support and Development Symposium

As part of the Graduate Studies initiative to build a community of practice amongst research supervisors at UCD, we are hosting a half Day Research Supervisor Support and Development Symposium on Developments in Research Supervisory Practice, on Friday, 1st February 2019 from 1:00 to 4:00pm.

Register on Eventbrite

Moore Auditorium, O’Brien Centre for Science, UCD Belfield  View map 13:00 – 16:00


Inclusive Supervision
Trinity Inclusive Curriculum

The TIC Resource Website includes information on Inclusive Supervision 

Visions of Academic Supervision at Doctoral Level in Trinity: the VOS Study

The number and diversity of postgraduate students has increased over the past years within the Irish higher education system and at Trinity College.

Trinity has a long and established tradition of PhD research and is now embarking on a study to explore views on the nature of effective supervision and approaches to practice within and across disciplines among experienced members of academic staff and research leaders.

The work is being led by a cross-college postgraduate supervision research group (PSRG) formed in 2008. The group comprises academic staff from a range of Schools, with representatives of Academic Practice & eLearning (APEL) and the Graduate Studies Office. Dr David Delany in Academic Practice conducted the field research (interviews and focus groups) on behalf of the group between January and July 2009. Preliminary results were presented at the NAIRTL Annual Conference  TCD Nov 11-12, 2009.

Please also see reports below.

A review of the international literature on doctoral supervision covering the history of the PhD, factors affecting PhD completion, and an overview of several models of the supervisor-supervisee relationship.